Gerard Schaefer may have murdered Susan Gale Poole: authorities

Susan GalePoole

Susan Gale Poole

Citing his MO, authorities suspect a suspected serial killer cop may have brutally murdered a 15-year-old girl in the 1970s. Investigators want to speak to the victim Susan GalePoole‘s old friends in hopes they could fill in the blanks of their whereabouts from the time of their disappearance, outlets said.

The 15-year-old’s family reported her missing in Broward County just before Christmas 1972. The deputies were called to Palm Beach County in June 1974 after their unidentified skeletal remains were discovered tied with wire to a tree among the mangroves of Florida state highway A1A. The area was known as the “Burned Bridges”. Poole was reduced to bones and only recently, using new DNA technology, investigators were able to identify her from her siblings and her mother, who is said to be in her 90s The Tampa Bay Times.

“The family was happy to learn what happened,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Detective said William Springer said in a news conference on Thursday. “You’ve waited a long time to see what happened to your sister.”

Now authorities are trying to prove who killed Poole. They suggest it might be Gerhard Schaefera police officer convicted of murder for mutilation and decapitation Georgia Jessup16 and Susan place, 17. When Poole went missing, Schaefer was working as an officer with the Wilton Manors Police Department, Springer said, according to CNN. He also worked for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for less than a month in 1972.

According to the WPBF, Wilton Manors is south of where 15-year-old Susan lived with her family at the Pan American Estates Mobile Home Park. Poole, who dropped out of high school, reportedly hopped between the trailer park and her friend’s nearby apartment.

Springer points to Schaefer’s pattern.

“If you look him up, he lived in Broward County in the area where Susan Poole lived,” Springer said, according to the WPBF. “He was arrested for kidnapping two girls, taking them onto A1A and tying them up in the mangroves. He was convicted of killing several girls who were also tied up in the mangroves.”

Poole and the other two girls all reportedly lived near Fort Lauderdale.

Authorities said they found items belonging to various victims while executing a search warrant at Schaefer’s Broward County home in 1974.

Schaefer, who was reportedly involved in 30 deaths, died in 1995 while serving a life sentence. Another prison inmate stabbed him.

But there is only circumstantial evidence linking him to Poole’s murder, authorities said.

“His MO was hitchhiking to young girls,” Springer said. “And then they told me about their other friends that she was hitchhiking. Everything kind of fits, but I don’t have any physical evidence to link him to it.

Authorities want to speak to some of Poole’s friends who also lived in the trailer park at the time.

“They were best friends,” Susan’s sister Patti Poole allegedly said. “They hung together, they were like inseparable.”

A tweet from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office named three people: Julie Hunt, Michelle Williamsonand Gregory Anderson.

Authorities are hoping Poole’s friends can fill in the blanks about what she was doing when she went missing. Springer stated he wanted to know if she hitchhiked often or ever discussed a relationship with Schaefer.

[Images via Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]

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