“It was a really eye-opening process," said Pickering.
They found 2,200 kits had been unprocessed. Now, those kits are all being tested. Pickering said their work was more than just tackling the backlog issue.
“To learn from what happened in the past and prevent a future backlog from ever occurring," said Pickering.
Now, Pickering is hoping the state of Missouri can do the same.
“Testing backlogged kits may not result in every case being prosecuted, but what it may do is help us to identify and hold accountable those who are responsible for assaulting multiple people," said Pickering.
Hawley said the investigation will help to determine the scope of the problem, agencies responsible, and ways the state can implement change. He said his office will start by interviewing hospitals, law enforcement, and crime labs.