Search for DNA evidence of Santa inconclusive, Rhode Island officials say

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He just doesn’t show up in the DNA-tracking system, known as CODIS.

The Rhode Island Department of Health on Tuesday announced the results of a DNA analysis requested for a cookie and carrots that a young girl sent in for testing after Christmas.

“Unfortunately, there were no complete matches to anyone in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that is used to help identify matches with other results across the country to help solve cold cases,” the department tweeted Tuesday.

“Ultimately, we would need additional DNA samples from other known Santa encounters to make a more definitive match.”

A CSI: Santa team had been hard at work since receiving a request for assistance from the police department in Cumberland, Rhode Island, about 15 miles north of Providence.

A CSI: Santa team had been hard at work since receiving a request for assistance from the police department in Cumberland, Rhode Island, about 15 miles north of Providence. (vectorfusionart/Shutterstock)

On the upside, they found “DNA matching closely with Rangifer tarandus, more commonly known as reindeer” and “a partial match to a 1947 case centered around 34th Street in New York City,” the department said.

A CSI: Santa team had been hard at work since receiving a request for assistance from the police department in Cumberland, Rhode Island, about 15 miles north of Providence.

“I took a sample of a cookie and carrots that I left for Santa and the raindeer [sic] on Christmas Eve and I was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?” the unnamed girl wrote last week.

The letter, scrawled on lined yellow paper, was accompanied by carefully catalogued evidence — bite-mark-ridden carrot stubs and nibbled cookie shards — in a series of plastic zipper bags.

“This young lady obviously has a keen sense for truth and the investigative process and did a tremendous job packaging her evidence for submission,” Chief Matthew Benson said in a statement. “We will do our very best to provide answers for her.”

Although they couldn’t “definitively confirm or refute the presence of Santa at your home,” health officials aggred “that something magical may be at play.”

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