Despite recent efforts by the state, the backlog of untested rape kits in Missouri is growing again.

The Kansas City Star cites data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol that said the number of untested kits has grown by 380% since 2019. The kits contain DNA evidence from sexual assault victims that can be used to identify their attackers.

In an interview with Missourinet in January, Attorney General Andrew Bailey said there had been a 93% reduction in the backlog of untested rape kits dating back to when Eric Schmitt and Josh Hawley served as attorneys general.

But the rate of untested kits appears to be creeping back up. Highway Patrol Captain Dusty Hoffman told the KC Star that more kits are being submitted to the lab each month than they’re currently able to test.

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