Preview: iTeam investigation raises questions about evidence in unsolved rape

Documents uncovered by the iTeam indicate evidence in a rape kit that was supposed to be tested likely was not, despite a letter informing the family it had been conducted.

Cheryl Ellis asked the WHAS11 News iTeam to look into the Louisville Metro Police Investigation of the 2008 rape of her daughter, Salisa Luster.

The case was closed at least twice by LMPD due, in part, to a lack of evidence.

PART 1 | Documents suggest family misled on whether unsolved rape evidence was tested

In 2015, there was a push following a state audit to have more than 3,000 untested rape kits tested.

In late 2016, an LMPD detective sent a letter to the family informing them the new testing did not provide new information.

However, a letter from the Kentucky State Police crime lab indicates written permission was necessary to conduct the new testing because the new testing, the letter said, would have consumed the entire sample of evidence.

PART 2 | iTeam investigation prompts AG review of rape case

An iTeam investigation found no record of the authorization having been granted by LMPD, the Jefferson County Attorney or Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s offices, as requested in the crime lab letter.

Monday night, at 11 p.m., the iTeam will share additional records it uncovered over the past four months, including an apparent order to shut down the investigation. The iTeam will also share what records reveal about what happened to the evidence and the new questions raised as the case catches the attention of Kentucky’s Attorney General.

iTeam Investigator Derrick Rose can be reached at 502-582-7232 and Follow him on Twitter: @WHAS11DRose Facebook: Derrick Rose News. If you have a tip or a story the iTeam should investigation, send an email to

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