Bostwick Labs Denies Receiving Anthony Sowell Sampleon June 8, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Serial Killers by Brian Combs
A private DNA lab in Virginia denies that it ever received a sample of Anthony Sowell’s DNA. It also claims that the State of Ohio has no reliable method of tracing what samples have been sent out.
Said Richard T. Bostwick, attorney and secretary for Bostwick Laboratories Inc. in an email:
The state of Ohio kept no manifest or tracking mechanism of the samples that it sent. Samples were simply sent by bulk mail.
Bostwick also says that his lab has a database of tens of thousands of samples, with detailed manifests of everything sent to them. They follow strict chain of custody standards.
Nothing regarding Sowell can be found in any of their records.
Prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says prison officials believe that Sowell’s sample was sent with thousands of others taken at the time according to protocols given to them by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation.