Investigators Believe That Suspected Serial Killer Cop Might Have Murdered 15-Year-Old Girl, Who Was Found Tied Up to Tree in 1974


Susan Gale Poole

Susan Gale Poole

Citing his M.O., authorities suggest a suspected serial killer cop might have brutally murdered a 15-year-old girl in the 1970s. Investigators want to speak to victim Susan Gale Poole‘s old friends in hope they might fill in the blanks of her whereabouts from around the time she disappeared, according to outlets.

The 15-year-old’s family reported her missing from Broward County just before Christmas in 1972. Deputies were called out in Palm Beach County in June 1974, after her unidentified skeletal remains were discovered tied up with wire to a tree among the mangroves by Florida State Road A1A. The area was known as “Burnt Bridges.” Poole was just bones, and it wasn’t until recently that investigators managed to use new DNA technology to identify her through her siblings and mother, who is in her 90s, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

“The family was happy to know what happened,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Detective William Springer said in a press conference on Thursday. “It’s been a long time waiting to see what happened to their sister.”

Now authorities are trying to prove who killed Poole. They suggest it might be Gerard Schaefer, a police officer who was convicted of murder for mutilating and decapitating Georgia Jessup, 16, and Susan Place, 17. When Poole went missing, Schaefer worked as an officer with the Wilton Manors Police Department, said Springer, according to CNN. He also worked for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for less than a month in 1972.

Wilton Manors is south of where the 15-year-old Susan lived with her family at the Pan American Estates Mobile Home Park, according to WPBF. Poole, who had dropped out of high school, reportedly bounced between the trailer park…


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