Findings Released in Rhode Island Girl’s Request for Santa Claus DNA Evidence



The Rhode Island Department of Health tweeted Monday that “we all agree that something magical may be at play.”

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health says it “cannot confirm or deny the presence of Santa Claus” after a young girl asked for partially eaten cookies and several rodents at her home. Carrot sticks are DNA tested to see if Santa is real.

“We agree that something magical may be at play,” the department tweeted Monday.

The department said it had not found a complete match to anyone in its integrated DNA index system, but said there was a partial match to “a 1947 case centered around 34th Street in New York,” referring to the movie “Fabulous on 34th Street.” He said more DNA samples are needed “from other known Santa encounters to determine a definitive match.”

The “good news” is that the lab tested the carrot and found it contained DNA consistent with Rangifer tarandus, also known as the reindeer, the department said.

A Cumberland girl sent the cookies and carrot sticks to the city police department to ask if they could be tested for DNA, Chief Matthew Benson said Friday. Benson sent the “evidence” to the state Department of Health and Medical Examiner’s Office for analysis.


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