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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 1993 skeletal remains were discovered in Virginia. Despite exhaustive efforts, the woman’s identity remained a mystery, and the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, the Fairfax County Police Department partnered with Othram to generate leads. Remains were sent to Othram, and a DNA extract was developed. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was utilized to build a profile. Otham's in-house genealogists used genetic genealogy to produce leads, which were pursued by law enforcement to identify the woman as Sharon Kay Abbott Lane.

In 2004, a human skull was discovered fifteen miles south of Red Lodge, Montana. DNA from the remains were entered in CODIS, but no matches were found.

In 2022 Carbon County Sheriff's Office engaged Othram to develop new leads. Othram's team developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. This profile was returned to investigators, who used the profile in a genealogical search. This resulted in the identification of the remains as those of Rogers Lee Ellis.

In August 1983, a relative of Susan Tice discovered her body in a bedroom of her home. In December 1983, Erin Gilmour's body was also found in her home by a friend.

In 2019, an investigation began that included the use of forensic genetic genealogy, with the assistance of Othram, who used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. The profile was delivered to the Toronto Police Service and through the use of genetic genealogy, a suspect was identified. In Nov 2022, Joseph George Sutherland was arrested for the crimes.

In 1980, human remains were discovered in the Stillaguamish River in Arlington, Washington. After numerous attempts to identify the body, none succeeded.

In 2021, SCMEO began collaborating with Othram on this case to obtain advanced DNA profiles suitable for genetic genealogy. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. This profile, along with further DNA testing confirmed that the unknown person, dubbed "I-5 Stilly Doe", was Othaniel Philip Ames.

In 1996, Maine State Police began investigating a sexual assault of a woman who was attacked in her apartment. The serial predator was never identified.

In 2022, the Maine State Police tried to leverage advanced DNA testing and Forensic Genetic Genealogy to identify the predator. Evidence was sent to Othram. Scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team performed research for the case and returned leads, which detectives used to confirm Jason Follette as the suspect.

In 1974, the remains of a woman were found in Massachusetts. The victim’s hands were missing, and her head was nearly severed from her body.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram. Despite DNA damage from formaldehyde and other chemicals, a comprehensive DNA profile was built using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, which was returned to FBI investigators. After discovering a close relative, the FBI were able to confirm that Lady of the Dunes was Ruth Marie Terry.

In 1984, a woman was abducted at knifepoint and sexually assaulted while walking to work. The assailant attempted to discard her body in a creek, but she survived to seek help.

In 2021, The Columbia Police Department partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the suspect using a previously-generated DNA extract. Othram's genealogy team used the profile to produce investigative leads, leading the arrest of a suspect, currently being held in a North Carolina jail.

In April 1981, human skeletal remains were discovered in Missouri. The case was entered into NamUs. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2020, Othram scientists were able to extract DNA and develop a profile suitable for genealogical research. A match was identified upon upload to genealogical databases. Leads returned to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office helped investigators deduce that the remains likely belonged to Everette Guy Travis, later confirmed with Othram KinSNP® rapid familial testing.

In 1981, the remains of an unidentified homicide victim were discovered in Arkansas. The case went cold and the identity of the victim remained unsolved.

In March 2022, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile for the victim using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. With this profile, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. Othram's in-house genealogy team was able to identify a close familial match, along with the possible identity of the victim, later identified as Fred James Grow.

In 1990, the remains of a female were located in Arkansas. After investigation and various testing attempts, the identity of the victim remained unsolved and the case went cold.

In 2021, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile on the victim. With the victim’s DNA profile developed, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. In 2022, Othram's in-house genealogy team was able to identify a relative in this case. Further investigation led to the announcement that the victim of this 1990 homicide has been identified as Donna Sue Nelton.

In 1996, the remains of a male were found in Arkansas. After investigation, the identity of the victim remained unsolved and the case went cold.

In 2021, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile for the victim. With this, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. Othram's in-house genealogy team identified a potential lead. Finally, after 26 years, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce, the victim of this homicide has been identified as John Douglas Rollins Jr.

In 1996, the skeletal remains from an unknown man were found in Mississippi. The case was entered in NamUs. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, the Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner and Moss Point Police Department teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to help generate new leads. A comprehensive DNA profile was produced to enable genealogical research. Investigators used the leads to complete their own investigation and confirm that the man was in fact, William P. Leech.

In 1986, a hunter in Idaho discovered a partial human skull. The partial remains made it hard to produce a definitive forensic facial reconstruction.

In 2021 The Oneida County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile from the remains and used genetic genealogy research methods to develop leads. Using these leads, a follow up investigation, along with KinSNP® familial DNA testing, confirmed that the remains belonged to Patricia Campbell.

In May 2004, unidentified remains were found in Monroe County, Indiana. DNA was entered into a federal database, NCIC and NamUs, but no matches were found.

In 2022 Monroe County Sheriff investigators sent skeletal remains to Othram and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the victim. Othram's in-house genealogy team developed leads based on the profile. Using these leads, additional investigative work led to the discovery that the unknown man was Steven Gabbard.

In 1974 skeletal remains were discovered in Channahon, IL. Many tools were utilized in attempts to identify the unknown man, but the mystery remained unsolved.

In June 2021, the Will County Coroner's Office submitted skeletal remains to Othram's lab. Othram's scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used this to conduct genealogical research and develop leads. With these leads, further investigation eventually revealed that the unknown man was Donald M. Rozek.

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