March 31, 2022
In February of 2022, the Kentucky State Police made the decision to take advantage of the latest in DNA technology to identify a woman discovered in 1988 on a farm in Owen County, Kentucky. They chose Othram, a company that has a tremendous track record in identifying John and Jane Does, for this process. Unfortunately, the Kentucky State Police had no budget for the testing. To remedy this, a crowdfunding campaign was created to obtain funding.
Earlier this week I interviewed Dr. Kristen Mittelman, Chief Business Development Officer of Othram, about the company and the specific technology they employ to give victims their name and their story back. The Othram methodology and the science involved is much different than the traditional process most often utilized by law enforcement. Their success rate is much higher than traditional methods and the process does not consume the DNA sample. This is important as it leaves viable material available for later testing if needed.
I had intended to post an update and promote the fundraising efforts for the Owen County Jane Doe DNA testing but before I could even write the update, the project was fully funded! According to Dr. Mittelman, the process can take up to 12 weeks but can be completed sooner. Bottomline, we are about 3 months out from this victim having her name and her story back!
In the meantime, please check out these other victims from all over the country that are need of funding to get their name and their story back. Most people will never have the chance to actively work a cold case and provide answers for the victim and their families. These efforts and this website lets you do exactly that. Your donation can literally provide the information needed to solve a cold case mystery, identify the victim, and potentially even the perpetrator. You can find all of the open cases here at DNASOLVES.com
You can visit Othram's website here to read about some of their latest successes and to get more information on their process.
Stay tuned for updates!! I am so very much looking forward to being able to announce the identity of the Owen County Jane Doe!