Richard is a forensic scientist specializing in trace evidence recovery and bloodstain pattern analysis.
Like Selma Eikelenboom, Richard worked for the Netherlands Forensic Institute Department of Biology.
In 2005, he joined his wife Selma as a partner at Independent Forensic Services, a private laboratory in the Netherlands that specializes in recovery of trace evidence and Touch DNA testing. Their work in the Masters case led to the first Touch DNA exoneration in the United States.
In the Masters case, Selma and Richard were successful in the recovery of full DNA profiles in three areas of the victim, Peggy Hettrick's clothing. All three profiles matched an individual who was on the short list of suspects in the original investigation. In January of 2008, prosecutors agreed to vacate the conviction of Masters after the results of the DNA testing came back.
Since the Masters case, Colorado law enforcement authorities consulted with the Eikelenbooms and decided to use Touch DNA in the unsolved case of Jon Benet Ramsey. Boulder police had wrongly suspected Jon Benet's parents of her murder ten years ago. The Eikelenbooms identified full DNA profiles from the areas of her clothing where the crime perpetrator gradded hold of her. The DNA profiles eliminated the Ramseys as suspects. The test results may someday lead to the identification of her real killer.
To contact Richard and Selma, visit Independent Forensic Services