Detective hired to test rape kits

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) The backlog of untested rape kits in the state continues to worry lawmakers.

    The Daily News-Miner reported that retired Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Michael Burkmire has been hired to work exclusively on rape kits.  He will be stationed at the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage.  There are some 3,500 untested rape kits, over 200 at one time from Juneau.

    Burkmire is the former Director of the State Trooper's Child Abuse Unit.  His job will be to go back through the backlog of cases and investigate properly the previous unsolved cases related to sexual assault.

    The FBI reports that nearly 60 percent of Alaska women report having experienced some sort of sexual violence in their lives.

    Rep. Geran Tarr filed legislation this year that would require law enforcement agencies to report their number of untested rape kids to the state each year.


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