Susan Poole was recently identified as being the Jane Doe whose partial skeleton was found on Singer Island in North Palm Beach, Florida on the 16th of June 1974. The remains had been scattered around the discovery area and animal activity was present when the remains were found. Not all parts of her skeleton have been recovered.
Due to the animal activity, investigators have not been able to find out conclusively how Susan died. But as there were bullet-shaped holes on the sweater that she had been wearing, authorities do believe that it was a homicide. Furthermore, it looked as if she had been bound to a tree before she was killed.
Susan Poole disappeared in late December 1972, when she was just 15 years old. It is not known whether she left of her own choice, as she had done so before, or if she went missing involuntarily. Susan, who was originally from Wilton Manors in Florida, also had a history of hitching rides.
Investigators didn’t have a lot to work with, and after running a DNA test which came back with no results, genetic genealogy was used in the fall of 2021. Susan Poole was officially identified in May 2022 by Othram Inc, and the announcement about her identification was made the next month.
There is a possibility that serial killer Gerard Schaefer was involved in the murder of Susan Poole as he worked as a police officer in the same city where Susan disappeared, and she had the same appearance as his other victims. However, Gerard was known for killing his victims in pairs, and there has been no evidence to suggest that there was another victim at the scene.
Hopefully one day Susan’s killer will be caught and brought to justice.
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