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CLEVELAND (AP) - Rape cases reopened in Cleveland with previously untested DNA samples include instances where the attackers have since died.

The pool of rape survivors whose cases were reopened and the suspected attacker found to be dead amounts to less than 10 percent, according to findings by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (bit.ly/1dRl6FN).

Finding out that her suspected rapist has died made it more difficult for Allyssa Allison. She was raped in 1993 and always suspected her landlord.

She says the disclosure means she will never get her day in court.

Allison is one of hundreds of Cleveland-area women contacted about rapes they reported in the past 20 years.

Investigators try to notify every victim that their rapist has been identified even if prosecution is no longer possible.

 

Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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