Discussion in 'General Information & Discussion' started by MadMcGoo, Aug 19, 2020.
We are glad to know you too! You are the one that created this "Othram - General Discussion" thread... right?
I believe so. My pleasure.
Donated and shared on my FB page. Hope he’s fully funded soon.
New write up for Grace Doe: Grace Doe.
Websleuths Thread: Identified! - MO - McDonald Co., 'Grace Doe' Fem Skeletal 784UFMO, 21-31, Dec'90 - Shawna Beth Garber
Law enforcement is partnering with the DNA laboratory Othram to identify the baby boy, whose body was discovered by a couple walking near Happy Jack Road and McKinney Drive in Cheyenne on February 28, 1988.
The infant, described as caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes, weighing 6.5 pounds, was wrapped in a blanket.
An autopsy revealed that the child had air in his lungs at the time of his death, indicating that the had been born alive – so the death was ruled a homicide.
Despite pursuing all available leads at the time, including canvassing local hospitals and schools as well as the Air Force base, law enforcement was unable to locate the baby’s parents, and the case went cold.
But new technology could unveil the mystery – with help from the public.
The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Othram, the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence.
According to their website, scientists at Othram are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA, using only trace quantities of degraded or contaminated materials.
But that kind of technology doesn’t come cheap – so a DNASolves fund has been created to cover the costs of testing and research for the case.
The fund is hoping to raise $5,000 to pay for the cutting edge laboratory techniques and computational algorithms to extract the most value from DNA evidence.
If anyone has information that could aid this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Curtis Burch at the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office at 307-633-4763. Here is the live link to the DNASolves.com page –Who is Laramie County Baby John Doe (1988)?
Laramie County Sheriff’s Office Reopens Cold Case to Identify Infant From 1988 | Cowboy State Daily
I see @MadMcGoo has already suggested Madisonville Jane Doe, and would like to second this.
TX - TX - Madison Co., UnkFem UP15905, 2-5, feeding tube, in suitcase, Sep'16
Also, our little “Smurfette”:
TX - TX - Houston, MixedRaceFem UP10722, 15-17, 'He Smurfs Me' TShirt, Oct'12 #1
(ETA: Disregard @othram, I see you’re already looking into Smurfette. )
Thanks for all you do!
You beat us to the announcement! I don't think there is WS thread yet for this case, but we are going to start working on it soon.
WY - WY- Baby boy, Caucasian, brown hair, blue eyes, 6.5 lbs, Cheyenne, 28 February, 1988 *Othram*
Thank you for suggesting the cases. They are both on our radar.
I don't think anyone has suggested the following Texas case, which has similarities to a Louisiana case:
TX - TX - Harris Co., UnsFem, 20-45, severed head found in bag in Lake Houston, Mar'18
The LA case:
LA - LA - Severed Head, Brown Hair Belonging To White/hisp Female, 30-50 Yrs Old, 1 March 2018
In both cases just the head was found.
Ok thank you for these cases. The first one is local.
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