Bombing survivor denied access to unknown DNA profile from unidentified victim
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - She was at work, on the ninth floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It was a minute after 9:00 a.m. on April 19, 1995 when Jane Graham would find herself knocked over from the explosion that tore through the building.
More than two decades later, the memories of that day and the pain of losses she experienced are just as fresh as that April morning.
“I couldn't go over to the Memorial,” Jane told KOKH. “I've not been there since the bombing in ’95; I just could not imagine, it just overwhelmed me with sorrow and tears; I cried so hard.”
Graham is one of many who lived through the destruction and the events leading up to the bombing that still question the official narrative.
Some would call it conspiracy, but conspiracy gained credibility in 2015 when the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office confirmed that a DNA profile of an un-matched left leg had been identified not long after the bombing. That unique DNA fingerprint from the leg, known to the state as P-71, did not match any of the known victims.
KOKH along with our partners at The Washington Times broke the news of the unidentified DNA profile that went undisclosed through multiple trials and more than two-decades in December 2015. At the time the Medical Examiner’s office told KOKH it turned over the evidence to the FBI to determine more about the DNA profile. The FBI told KOKH that it did not comment on active investigations.
After more than two years without answers from investigators, Graham asked the state to release the DNA profile information to her and others who continue to look into the unanswered questions about the bombing. She does not believe it belonged to someone who was in the federal building.
“Nobody in that building missed that individual, because everybody in the Murrah Building talked to each other knew people in that building,” Graham said.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, acting as legal counsel for the medical examiner, denied her request. The AG’s office said because Graham has offered no proof that she is an immediate relative of the DNA profile for P-71 and because she is not involved with any legal action against the person belonging to the DNA profile, she is not entitled to any information about P-71.
“I don't believe for a minute that they don't know, obviously they have to know something,” Graham said.
The technology surrounding DNA analysis is much more advanced than it was in the late 1990s. In modern times, it is possible to use the DNA profile information to determine ethnicity and some companies offer to create composite sketches of what a person may have looked like using probabilities from DNA markers for hair and eye color.
Graham says in 2018, some 23 years after that blast that changed Oklahoma forever, it is well past time for answers.