MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis investigators identified 52 suspected rapists while testing backlogged rape kits.
Mayor A C Wharton's office announced that around 4,892 rape kits have been tested and analyzed, resulting in 52 indictments of known individuals.
Of those 52 indictments, 19 rapists have been identified, including 14 believed to be multi-case offenders. Of those suspects being investigated, 10 are already in jail.
The testing and analysis was made possible through $4.25 million allocated by the city and $1 million from the state. That leaves a $512,855 funding gap that must be closed before the city can receive the $750,000 challenge grant awarded by the Plough Foundation in May 2014. That money would go towards rape kit testing.
City leaders are hopeful that a grant will put them closer to the $6 million price tag officials think it will take to continue the testing process.