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Mayor delays untested rape kit discussion, could be more out there

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Memphis Mayor Wharton promises that the investigation into the more than 12,000 Memphis Police Department untested rape kits will be thorough. Memphis Mayor Wharton promises that the investigation into the more than 12,000 Memphis Police Department untested rape kits will be thorough.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton asked the Memphis City Council to delay talking about the thousands of untested rape kits discovered in Memphis. He says there may be even more untested rape kits than originally thought.
 
Wharton promises that the investigation into the more than 12,000 Memphis Police Department untested rape kits will be thorough.
 
"I've said, 'Go back, I want you to count, count, and recount....search, search, search,'" said Mayor Wharton. "This has been around for a long time.  That's not acceptable.  This premium should be not be on 'let's do something quick.'  This is the kind of thing that you want to do right."
 
A city council committee was supposed to get an update on that investigation Tuesday, but Mayor Wharton asked for a delay because he says there could be more untested rape kits out there.
 
"No, that's not a surprise. Evidence was scattered around and it takes time to count and the number may be higher than 12,000," said rape victim advocate Meghan Ybos, who was raped 10 years ago.

Even though her rapist pleaded guilty and is behind bars, she hopes the same will happen for other rapists who are still walking the streets.
 
"My hope is that we can take that physical evidence from these 12,000 rapes and get some rapists into jail," she said.
 
Mayor Wharton hopes to know more on this investigation later this week or next.  He says Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is expected to address the full city council on this issue in two weeks. 

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