The bag was given to the accuser's mother by the hospital when she accompanied her daughter to the hospital for the rape kit examination on the morning of August 2, according to Sedita. "A rape kit is a box", Sedita said, holding up a plastic box used to contain rape kit evidence.
"I no longer have confidence in the circumstances in which the bag was found", Eoannou told reporters during a hastily-called press conference in the Buffalo area Thursday night.
Authorities in Erie County have said that all evidence related to the case was accounted for and remained in its proper packaging. He said a brown paper bag was given to the accuser's mother for her to place the accuser's original shirt into for later collection by police, noted WLS-TV.
Cambria said he never lost confidence in the evidence gathering process, and especially the results of the DNA test taken from the victim, which he says showed the presence of multiple males, none of whom were Patrick Kane. He has not been charged.
Asked how he thought this would impact the investigation, Sedita said, "it depends".
Charges against the mother in connection with the bogus bag are not likely, the DA said.
"It is not a crime in the State of New York to make fraudulent representations to a private person", said Sedita.
"The question in my mind is not when this case will go to a grand jury, it's if this will go to a grand jury", Sedita said.
"I'll weigh whether to administratively close the investigation", Sedita said, before adding that the mother's actions will "definitely be a factor".
He said "misrepresentations were made" about the bag, though he continued to stress that it was an authentic rape kit bag with his client's name and personal information on it. Today, the District Attorney held a press conference strongly implying that the bag was a fake and was a hoax perpetrated by the accuser's mother.
The attorney, speaking to a contingent of local media from his office during an impromptu briefing, said his decision to quit the case has to do with someone other than his client.
"It's a freakish hoax, and it's a dog-and-pony show", he said. Obviously, there's been an effort to create a hoax.
Acknowledging his investigators around him, Sedita said, "After today the public will rest assured as to the integrity of your agencies". "We haven't gotten that far yet".
At one point earlier this month, prosecutors were scheduled to present the case to a grand jury but postponed the proceedings, a person familiar with the investigation told to The Associated Press.
Kane's attorney, Paul Cambria, confirmed reports Wednesday that no trace of Kane's DNA was found from the waist down on the alleged victim.