Police have received an unusual request. A package sent to a police station in Rhode Island contained a partially eaten cookie and carrot, alongside a handwritten note from a young girl explaining the food had been left for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The note said she “was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?”
… Cumberland police chief Matthew Benson said in a statement: “This young lady obviously has a keen sense for truth and the investigative process and did a tremendous job packaging her evidence for submission. We will do our very best to provide answers for her.”
The Rhode Island Department of Health, at the request of a young detective who found half-eaten cookies and carrots on Christmas, was unable to conclude if the cookie contained Santa's DNA.
However, the department tweeted that "something magical may be at play." While they found no complete matches, they said there was a partial match "to a 1947 case around 34th Street in New York City" and that the carrots did test positive for the presence of reindeer.
Chief Matthew Benson of Cumberland received the evidence from the girl and promptly sent it in for testing.