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Bloomington police track down missing evidence

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Bloomington Police say a new audit shows most missing evidence in police custody has been accounted for.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/1btuDzZ ) about 94 percent of the previously missing evidence has been cataloged. The remaining 31 items include five guns and almost $1,100 in cash from about two dozen cases, some of which date back to 2000.

Assistant Police Chief Clay Wheeler says the missing items were probably either returned or destroyed, but the records were never updated.

He says there's "nothing that raises a red flag."

During a 2011 inventory, the department wasn't able to locate about 2,100 items from a stash of about 55,000 pieces of evidence surveyed by police. This time around, authorities found 475 missing pieces from the 2011 list.

There's new policies for logging evidence.

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