Topeka Police Study DNA Stored Since 1992

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Topeka police are investigating whether DNA evidence stored in California in 1992 could solve a 1985 rape case.

The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) discovered the existence of the DNA while reporting on the case of Topeka resident Joe Jones, who was released from a Kansas prison in 1992 after DNA evidence exonerated him of a 1985 rape.

No one has been arrested for the crime, in which the victim was kidnapped at knife-point in downtown Topeka.

Ed Blake, who originally tested the DNA and testified at Jones' 1992 release hearing, said his DNA testing firm has leftover DNA material. He says new technology could possibly identify the rapist.

The DNA remnants have been frozen in a cooler for the past 19 years in California.

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