A young girl’s note to the police department asked to test for evidence of Santa. Cumberland Police Department/Screenshot by NPR

A local police department in Rhode Island has received an unusual query: running a DNA test on evidence to prove the existence of Santa Claus.

The authorities in Cumberland, north of Providence, received a handwritten letter from a young girl earlier this month, according to a press release on Friday.

The young girl asked the police to run a DNA test on a partially eaten cookie and carrot remains presumably consumed by Santa Claus and some of his nine reindeer on Christmas Eve. The food remains were forwarded to the state’s Department of Health-Forensic Sciences Unit for analysis, police said.

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