The evidence bag containing the rape kit of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s accuser had been opened and reportedly left at the house of the accuser’s mother.
The unsealed evidence bag was found near the front door, according to ESPN. Questions were raised about the authenticity of the compromised evidence bag, but the evidence bag contained the personal information for the alleged victim and the nurses who administered the rape kit.
The accuser’s attorney Thomas Eoannou said that the compromised evidence bag is proof that things in the investigation have gone horribly wrong and added, “I have never seen an evidence bag outside of a police lab, a prosecutor’s office or a courtroom, let alone find one in a doorway of a rape victim’s mother’s home.”
Eoannou also hopes that whoever tampered with the evidence comes forward and that, “we’re hoping to find out how this happened and who had the incentive to modify or tamper with the evidence.”
He is calling for the state police or the FBI to investigate how the evidence became compromised. The Hamburg Police Department, which is investigating the allegations made against Kane, have also issued a statement stating they will cooperate but feel the department handled the evidence properly.
Kane has not yet responded to the situation, but ESPN has reported that Kane did not travel for the Blackhawks trip to Detroit Wednesday. The alleged incident happened on August 2 at Kane’s offseason home in suburban Buffalo, New York. No charges have been filed.