BUFFALO, N.Y. — A lawyer for the woman who has accused Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of rape said Wednesday that a rape-kit evidence bag was left on the doorstep of the accuser's mother Tuesday afternoon. Police officials dismissed the claim as untrue.
The rape kit was not inside the brown paper evidence bag when it was found, said the lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, but the bag contained identifying information, including his client's name and birth date and the name of the hospital where the rape kit was collected.
Eoannou brought the bag to a news conference and said it had been authenticated. Investigators disputed that hours later.
"All evidence related to this case that was given to Erie County Central Police Services by the Town of Hamburg Police Department is accounted for and remains in its original packaging in the possession of Erie County Central Police Services," the Central Police Services commissioner, John Glascott, said in a statement. "This includes the evidence in the rape kit and the packaging itself."
The unnamed accuser told police that Kane raped her in his home near Buffalo on Aug. 2.
Eoannou passed around photos of the package, with the identifying information redacted.
Kane's lawyer, Paul Cambria, said results of the rape kit were released two weeks ago and that they had not implicated Kane.
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