On Sept. 22 Columbia Police Department partnered with Othram, a private lab known for forensic genealogy testing, taking a different approach to solving the 2019 investigation involving the remains of an infant found at Mcknight Tire, 1900 block of North Providence Rd.
The investigation began Aug. 15, 2019 when employees of Mcknight Tire found a small backpack inside a tire that contained the decomposed remains of an infant, known as Baby Doe. Since then, there have been little to no leads in this investigation.
"Traditional methods used by detectives to identify have been unsuccessful in this case, including submission of evidence to state labs," said Lt. Matt Stephens. "By using forensic genealogy testing, we believe the services provided by Othram to be a viable option in identifying the remains of the infant."
Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. The technology used by the lab could potentially help identify Baby Doe and bring closure to a year-long investigation.
For more information on Othram’s involvement in this investigation, please visit dnasolves.com
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
Case number 2019-008433
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