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COLD CASE: Remains Identified Through DNA; 15 Year Old Girl, Missing From Broward County, Is Believed To Have Been Victim of Serial Killer

Susan Poole
The victim, 15 year old Susan Poole, missing from Broward County, is believed to have disappeared just before Christmas in 1972.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – In June of 1974, in an area known as burnt bridges on A1A, skeletal remains were discovered. An investigation revealed the remains were of a young white female, approximately 15-20 years of age. At the time of discovery, DNA was obtained from the remains and entered into the National Database for unidentified persons.

In November 2021, genealogy was performed on the remains by scientists working for Othram Lab, a forensic evidence laboratory in the Woodlands, Texas, resulting in the victim’s identification. The victim, 15 year old Susan Poole, missing from Broward County, is believed to have disappeared just before Christmas in 1972.

Detectives believe Poole may have been a victim of Gerard Schaefer, a serial killer convicted of the 1972 murder and mutilation of two teenage girls in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He is suspected of committing up to 26 further murders.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking the public’s assistance with locating any of her friends to assist with developing leads to any possible suspects.


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