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Justice through genomics

Othram’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated forensic evidence.

We enable human identification even when other approaches fail.

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We decipher genetic identities so you can solve cases.

Othram is the first private laboratory built to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Our scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace amounts of degraded or contaminated materials. We help investigators break through previously impenetrable forensic DNA barriers and close previously unsolvable cases.

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Purpose-Built for Forensics

Othram features essential infrastructure and process for testing forensic DNA evidence, including upfront DNA profile feasibility assessment, to avoid unnecessary evidence consumption, automatic human enrichment, and separate unidirectional workflows.

Optimized for Identification

Othram digitizes many types of genetic variation, powering proprietary KinSNP™ analysis, mixture deconvolution, and genealogy. These methods, in combination with the DNASolves® database and other resources, enable human ID from forensic evidence.

Secure and Accountable

Othram uniquely offers in-house processing of evidence, from DNA extraction and enrichment, to sequencing and genealogy. Our lab supports chain of custody and is staffed by seasoned forensic DNA analysts with experience testifying in court.

Recent casework

In 2001, skeletal remains of a female homicide victim were found in Mclean, Virginia. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, Fairfax County PD teamed with Othram to use advanced DNA testing to help generate new leads . Evidence was sent to Othram and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to develop a profile. Othram’s in-house genealogy team developed leads that were returned to detectives. With these, detectives confirmed the identity of the murdered woman as Patricia Agnes Gildawie.

In 1980, a headless and handless body was found in New York. The case was entered into NamUS. Forensic limitations of the time prevented identification of the victim.

In 2022, the FBI provided evidence to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the murdered woman. Using this profile, the FBI investigative team conducted further research and provided a lead to the New York State Police. On May 26, 2022, the victim was identified as Anne L. Papalardo-Blake.

In 1984, skeletal remains were discovered in New York. The case was entered into NamUs, but with leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, as part of a collaboration between the New York State Police (NYSP) and the FBI, forensic evidence was sent to Othram with the hope that advanced DNA testing might produce new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the murdered woman. This profile was used in further investigation to confirm the woman’s identity.

In 1979, skeletal remains were discovered in the woods of Florida. Many different lab methods of identifying the individual failed to produce answers.

In 2021, the remains were sent to Othram. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown man, which produced a genetic match estimated to be between a second to fourth cousin to the unknown man. With these investigative leads, Cold Case Homicide Investigator Kevin Allen was able to correctly identify the man as Ralph Tufano.

In 1982, partially skeletonized remains were found in Houston, Texas. The case was entered into NamUs. With few leads to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, the remains were sent to Othram with the hope that advanced DNA testing might produce new leads. Othram scientists developed a DNA extract from the heavily degraded remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. This profile was used in a genealogical search, which led to the confirmation that the man was John Howard Glatzel.

In 1988, an unidentified homicide victim was discovered in Georgia. In March 2022, the victim was identified with the help of Othram, but her killer remained unknown.

DNA evidence from an unknown male suspected to be responsible was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the suspect. GBI investigators began to interview leads and obtained DNA swabs for comparison to the Othram profile. This testing established Henry Wise as the primary suspect in Stacy Chahorski's murder.

In 1985, skeletal remains of a child were found in Tennessee. The case was entered into CODIS and NamUs, but the child's identity remained unknown.

In 2022, a sample of the remains was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used advanced genome filtering and other techniques to develop a suitable extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a DNA profile. This profile yielded a possible relative connected to the child. Using this, further investigation confirmed that the unknown child was Tracy Sue Walker.

In 2018, burned human remains were found in Mississippi. There were no clues as to who the person was. With few leads to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, Othram teamed up with the Office of the State Medical Examiner and Jackson PD to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to help generate leads that might identify the unknown man or his next of kin. Othram built a profile and provided leads to law enforcement. The results of the familial comparison confirmed that the unknown man was 59-year Arthur Winters.

In 1991, human remains were found in California. The case was submitted to NamUs and ViCAP. A subsequent investigation produced no leads and the case went cold.

In 2022, the Riverside District Attorney's Office contracted Othram to use DNA testing to produce leads that might reveal the identity of the homicide victim or at least help find a close family member. Othram's team used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a profile. This profile was delivered to Riverside DA's team who used it to identify the woman as Kathryn Coffey.

In 2017, skeletal remains were found in Biloxi, MS. A profile was developed for the man, but produced no match in CODIS. With all leads exhausted, the case went cold.

In late 2021, Othram teamed up with the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to generate new leads that might identify the man or his next of kin. Othram built a DNA profile from the remains. With this, investigators were able to confirm that the man was 40-year-old Samuel C. Boucher.

In 1989, Mary Hague Kelly's home was burgled and she was later found murdered by strangulation. Several suspects were interviewed and the case was added to VICAP.

In 2021, the Dallas County DA's Office teamed with Othram to provide new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile, which Othram's in-house genealogy team then used to perform a genealogical search to produce investigative leads. These leads led to the identification of the suspect, who has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

In September 2019, human remains were in Biloxi, Mississippi. There were no clues to the unknown person’s identity, and the case was entered into NamUs in 2021.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office, Biloxi PD, and Harrison County Coroner’s Office teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to generate leads that might identify the man. Othram built a profile, and leads were passed back to law enforcement. Additional investigation confirmed that the identity of the man was Gary Lee White.

In 1996, the body of a woman, later dubbed “Christmas Tree Lady”, was discovered in Virginia. Throughout investigations, her identity remained unknown.

In 2022, Fairfax Police Department detectives sent evidence to Othram and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the woman. The case was funded using the DNASolves crowdfunding platform. Leads were returned to the detectives, which led to the discovery that “Christmas Tree Lady” was Joyce Marilyn Meyer Sommers.

In 2019, an infant in an advanced state of decomposition was found in Missouri. Though many leads were investigated, the identity of the infant remained unknown.

In 2020, Columbia Police Department partnered with Othram to develop new leads that might help identify the infant. DNASolves crowdfunding helped cover the cost of testing for the case. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the infant. During genealogical research, Columbia PD received a tip that led to the identification of the infant and her parents.

In 2009, a partial human cranium was discovered in Washington. The case was entered into NCIC, NamUs, and CODIS. Unfortunately, there was no match.

In March 2022, Othram obtained a DNA extract that was sufficient for testing. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile that could be uploaded to genealogical databases. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office uploaded this profile and obtained multiple close matches, which lead to the discovery that Beckler River Doe is Alice Lou Williams.

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