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Rhode Island lab reveals results of DNA test for Santa, reindeer

by MIRANDA NAZZARO, NBC 10 NEWS        Monday, January 23rd 2023

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(WJAR) — The results are in! Budding detective Scarlett Doumato is on a mission to see if Santa Claus is real.

The 10-year-old captured the attention of those across Rhode Island after she sent a letter to the Cumberland police, requesting a DNA test on a sample of a cookie and carrots she left for Santa Claus and the reindeer.

Excited to see the girl's curiosity, Cumberland police put together an evidence packet and sent it to the State Forensic Unit for testing.

Scarlett told NBC 10 News in a previous interview she watches crime shows and thinks it would be cool to be a detective.

The Rhode Island Department of Health said the case was prioritized and the Forensic Biology Lab worked on the DNA analysis of the cookies.

 

The lab said the DNA unfortunately did not match anyone in the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, which is used to identify DNA matches in cold cases.

But, not all hope is lost."Interestingly, there was a partial match to a 1947 case centered around the 34th street in New York City," the Department of Health said.

The department said more DNA samples from other known Santa encounters would be needed to make a more definitive match.

More testing of the partially eaten carrots and cookies found the presence of DNA matching with Rangifer tarandus, otherwise known as reindeer.

"While our laboratory was able to apply the most current and technologically advanced methods to solving this case, we aren't able to definitively confirm or refute the presence of Santa at your home," the Department of Health said in a release.

Last week, Scarlett's mom asked her what she would like the outcome to be in which Scarlett replied, "That he's real."

NBC 10's R.J. Heim contributed to this report.

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The results are in! Budding detective Scarlett Doumato is on a mission to see if Santa Claus is real.

 

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This section really made me smile..............

But, not all hope is lost."Interestingly, there was a partial match to a 1947 case centered around the 34th street in New York City," the Department of Health said.

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2 hours ago, Rob Thompson said:

This section really made me smile..............

But, not all hope is lost."Interestingly, there was a partial match to a 1947 case centered around the 34th street in New York City," the Department of Health said.

I agree it made me smile and brought me to tears of JOY! I love it that children are doing something like this and adults are smart enough to take the time to make it real! My mind went right away to that article, "Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!"

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On 1/31/2023 at 9:17 AM, TamaleClaus said:

Surprised they didn't say Bristol RI instead?

Wait. :D

The investigation is continuing.

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Perhaps there will be a special Christmas programme. CSI Santa :) 

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Check out the Chief's video. he included a few images of the Bristol Santa House.

Also, when I spoke with the Chief, he had never heard the story of Virginia O'Hanlon. I was happy to see how he incorporated into the investigation. ❤️

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Cumberland police formally release their findings Wednesday in an investigation looking to confirm the existence of Santa Claus and his reindeer.

 

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This was a truly wonderful read. It reminded me that there is still good in the world. Unfortunately it just doesn’t grab the headlines often enough. 

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9 hours ago, TamaleClaus said:

This keeps getting better and better.

I agree its one of the most fun pieces for a long long time :)

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14 hours ago, Michael Rielly said:

Check out the Chief's video. he included a few images of the Bristol Santa House.

Also, when I spoke with the Chief, he had never heard the story of Virginia O'Hanlon. I was happy to see how he incorporated into the investigation. ❤️

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Cumberland police formally release their findings Wednesday in an investigation looking to confirm the existence of Santa Claus and his reindeer.

 

The Santa that was brought in as a person of interest looks a bit familiar. I didn’t realize it was the Bristol House, looks great. It was such a wonderful, fun experience. I have been asked to appear on a float with Scarlett for the Arnold Mills Parade in Cumberland, RI on July 4th. Police Detective Captain Peter Sweet and Chief Benson were great too! It was a really awesome week as I was also inducted into the New England Santa Society Hall of Fame last Sunday!

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This was a wonderful way for the magic of Christmas to be kept alive by all involved!

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