PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island woman is teaming up with a neighborhood police division to unravel a centuries-old thriller: Is Santa Claus real?
Earlier this month, 10-year-old Scarlett Doumato of Cumberland despatched the police a partly-eaten cookie and the stays of a carrot she discovered at her house on Christmas morning.
“I took a sample of a cookie and carrots that I left for Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve and was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real,” Scarlett wrote in a letter to the police.
Cumberland Police Chief Matthew J. Benson, in a news release, mentioned he instructed division investigators to ship the proof to the state division of well being’s forensic-sciences unit for evaluation.
“This young lady obviously has a keen sense for truth and the investigative process and did an outstanding job packaging her evidence for submission,” Benson mentioned within the information launch. “We will do our very best to provide answers for her.”
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In a printed kind despatched to the state, the police determine the suspect as Santa Claus, with aliases “Kris Kringle,” “Saint Nicholas,” and “Saint Nick.”
The suspect’s crime? “Failure to finish snacks.”
The shape, which the police posted to Facebook, asks the state lab to look at the proof “for traces of DNA” and examine the outcomes with “profiles on record of the above-named suspect/aliases.” It additionally asks that chunk marks on the cookies be in contrast with any dental data on report for the suspect.
The Cumberland police are additionally asking the state to match chunk marks on the carrots with “all dental records on file for reindeer owned by suspect; specifically those owned by him and utilized on 12/24/2022 through 12/25/2022: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, or Rudolph.”
Even earlier than listening to from Scarlett, the police developed some proof that is likely to be linked to the case. Benson on Monday confirmed that the division had acquired experiences of an individual roaming Scarlett’s neighborhood on the night time in query. He was described as “an older male subject, white beard, red jacket,” Benson mentioned.
The police additionally uncovered “neighborhood surveillance photo of a single reindeer and believe we will uncover more on that front as well,” Benson mentioned.
Scarlett’s mom, Alyson Doumoto, mentioned she was shocked Christmas morning when Scarlett grabbed the leftover snacks and mentioned, “I’m collecting these samples and I’m going to send them to the police for DNA testing.”
Scarlett, who’s within the fourth grade, “loves science” and enjoys watching tv reveals about investigations, her mom mentioned. Scarlett and her household realized a first-hand lesson about DNA investigations after they had DNA testing accomplished on their rescue canine, Jett and Onyx.
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So Scarlett, her mom, father, Matthew, and brother, Gianni, 13, on Monday morning had been anxiously awaiting the outcomes of one other DNA check.
The state well being division put out a tweet later Monday, saying it had utilized the “most current and technologically advanced methods to solving the case,” however “weren’t quite able to definitively confirm or refute the presence of Santa at your home.”
Nonetheless, the police aren’t able to let the case go as chilly as a December sleigh journey. They posted a mysterious photograph to Facebook Monday displaying an individual in a elaborate purple go well with, however their face was not seen.
“We are still actively investigating and pursuing additional leads,” the publish says. “A person of interest responded to HQ today. Additional information will be released soon.”
In the meantime, Alyson Doumoto says she’s grateful to the Cumberland police “for going out of their way and spreading some joy.”