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Rape kits no longer backlogged at the Houston Police Department

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

For years, the Houston Police Department has had a dark cloud over its head.

The problem-plagued crime laboratory was riddled with scandal and a backlog of thousands of rape kits.

It was back in 2011 when the department revealed a backlog of more than 6,000 rape kits that lingered in an evidence room since the 1990s.

FOX 26 News has learned the department is no longer facing a backlog that has left hundreds, possibly thousands of women in Houston, with delayed justice.

Without much fanfare, HPD Chief Charles McClelland announced there is not a single rape kit sitting and waiting at HPD.

Spokesperson Jodi Silva says all the sex assault kits have been sent out for testing with an independent vendor.

This is after receiving the funding from the city to address the ongoing problem.

In the meantime, chief Charles McClelland says despite the statute of limitations, if there is DNA evidence every kit will be investigated.

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