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Theorem 38.28.9 (Grothendieck Existence Theorem). In Situation 38.28.1 there exists a finitely presented $\mathcal{O}_ X$-module $\mathcal{F}$, flat over $A$, with support proper over $A$, such that $\mathcal{F}_ n = \mathcal{F} \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_ X} \mathcal{O}_{X_ n}$ for all $n$ compatibly with the maps $\varphi _ n$.

Proof. Apply Lemmas 38.28.2, 38.28.3, 38.28.4, 38.28.5, 38.28.6, and 38.28.7 to get an open subscheme $W \subset X$ containing all points lying over $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A_ n)$ and a finitely presented $\mathcal{O}_ W$-module $\mathcal{F}$ whose support is proper over $A$ with $\mathcal{F}_ n = \mathcal{F} \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_ W} \mathcal{O}_{X_ n}$ for all $n \geq 1$. (This makes sense as $X_ n \subset W$.) By Lemma 38.17.1 we see that $\mathcal{F}$ is universally pure relative to $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$. By Theorem 38.27.5 (for explanation, see Lemma 38.27.6) there exists a universal flattening $S' \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ of $\mathcal{F}$ and moreover the morphism $S' \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ is a monomorphism of finite presentation. Since the base change of $\mathcal{F}$ to $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A_ n)$ is $\mathcal{F}_ n$ we find that $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A_ n) \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ factors (uniquely) through $S'$ for each $n$. By Lemma 38.28.8 we see that $S' = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$. This means that $\mathcal{F}$ is flat over $A$. Finally, since the scheme theoretic support $Z$ of $\mathcal{F}$ is proper over $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$, the morphism $Z \to X$ is closed. Hence the pushforward $(W \to X)_*\mathcal{F}$ is supported on $W$ and has all the desired properties. $\square$

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