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Advances in DNA testing give new hope to Baby John Doe’s cold case in Weld . County

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR.

The baby was found outside the L&M Auto Repair Shop in Brighton wrapped in a blanket just hours after being born. Delegates are currently working with a private lab in Texas to help answer questions spanning nearly 20 years.

Samantha Heisler was 9 years old when Baby John Doe was found. She still lives in the house where she grew up next to the auto shop.

“It hurt all of us… a lot,” said Heisler. “Even to this day, we’ve never closed like that.”

An employee who arrived at work found the newborn baby under the bushes. A small brick structure serves as a permanent memorial outside the store.

“It was quite cold that night,” Heisler said.

Detectives had to work on finding potential customers in September 2002.

Weld County Sheriff’s spokesman Joe Moylan said: “Detectives at the time poured a lot of effort into this case. “Unfortunately, it went nowhere – and eventually turned cold – and here we are, 20 years later.”

But thanks to advances in DNA technology, there is hope that the case will be solved. The sheriff’s office is moving into a private Texas lab called Othram Inc., to conduct specialized DNA extraction and analysis. It’s a company that works exclusively with law enforcement agencies.

“We built [Othram] Michael Vogen, director of case management at Othram, said that essentially end-to-end processing of forensic evidence is so difficult that previously failed other methods or traditional DNA testing.

Othram relies on a variety of DNA databases to make DNA connections and find relatives, Vogen said.

“We, at Othram, look at tens of thousands — to hundreds of thousands — of DNA markers,” he said.

But specialized testing isn’t free – it takes $5,000 to get the job done, and only a lot of government money is spent on this type of testing.

“We are trying to get the generous people of Colorado to help us with this case,” Moylan said.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has contributed and hopes crowdfunding can complete the rest of the work. Heisler hopes that, with the support of the community, the answers will come.

“We were all shaken – me and my brothers,” she said. “We still give him flowers every year. My mother nicknamed him Angel so he had a name. ”

A DNASolves.com account has been created to raise money for forensic work. Sponsor, click here.

Anyone who may be able to assist in the investigation should contact Cold Case Det. Byron Kastilahn at 970-356-4015.

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Emma Bowman

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