FL FL - Rachel Hurley, 14, Jupiter, 17 March 1990

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Palm Beach County sheriff's officials still are trying to connect the dots between the murder of Rachel Hurley in 1990 and a suspect, identified as Douglas J. Gross, 32, who was a 17-year-old Jupiter resident at the time of the crime.

    Sheriff's Sgt. William Springer said Thursday that an informant from a Sumter County prison wrote a letter stating that Gross confessed to the slaying. But Gross has denied responsibility for the teen's rape and murder.

    "I wish I could tell you we'll have an arrest tomorrow or next week," Springer said. "But there still is a long way to go before we make an arrest. When you have a jailhouse informant, you dig into their past and see if they have credibility in other statements they've made."

    The spotlight fell on Gross about two years ago, and recent DNA testing of a bloody T-shirt found near the crime scene tied Gross to the shirt, Springer said. But finding a shirt containing Gross' DNA does not mean he killed the 14-year-old Jupiter resident on March 17, 1990, Springer added.

    http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/local_news/article/0,2545,TCP_16736_3701640,00.html
     
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    This was the only thread I could find. I knew this girl and it baffles me that they still don't know who killed her. I'll see what I can dig up, maybe the wonderful sleuths here can figure it out!
     
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  7. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    From December: "WHO KILLED RACHEL?"

    An extensive look at the investigation, possible suspects and the family & friends who still mourn Rachel's death.

    http://palmbeachgardens.floridaweekly.com/news/2014-12-18/Top_News/WHO_KILLED_RACHEL.html

    Recent articles from March marking the 25th anniversary of her unsolved murder:

    25 years later, parents, PBSO still search for Jupiter girl’s killer

    Rachel Hurley murder: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office asks for public's help to solve cold case

    Case involving Rachel Hurley murder in Jupiter remains a mystery 25 year later


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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Friends of Rachel Hurley still determined to find her killer 26 years after the murder

    http://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-palm-beach-county/friends-of-rachel-hurley-still-determined-to-find-her-killer-26-years-after-the-murder

    New plea to solve rape and murder of Rachel Hurley
     
  9. KayElJay

    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Reward increased in Jupiter girl's slaying
    http://m.wpbf.com/news/reward-increased-in-jupiter-girls-slaying/38567734
     
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    :+:MrTT:+: Cold Case Files

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    That was a great article. And she certainly is a beautiful young lady. And always will be.

    I have a question for any LEOs that may be here.

    Being a Holiday. Any motels/hotels etc that were opened there in and around the area where she was found?

    I am wondering perhaps, if a tourist was in town for the holiday and staying near by. Near to where she was found. Perhaps someone staying near by was out and about , in that area when they came upon her. Or she came upon them/him. Could have been someone under the influence of alcohol/drugs whatever. Probably alcohol since it was St pattys day.

    Did you check the guest books at these places and retrieve the names of persons staying there? Perhaps they were from out of town.

    And maybe thats why there has been no match for the DNA.......

    Anyone here, whom can tell us about any hotels/motels etc that were opened back then around the area she was found?

    ADD ON........She was found in the area where she was suppose to be, to meet her mother. Not taken anywhere. But raped and killed there. NOT saying she was in fact raped, though i think that is what i read.

    Someone staying right there. She may had been strangled to keep her semi-conscious. To keep her from yelling out, but not putting her totally unconscious during the assault. To keep her squirming around.

    I think she probably had a heart attack from being rendered semi-conscious and then totally unconscious. He may had held it to long, which caused her to have a heart attack of some kind. Thats what killed her. He may had left not knowing she was in cardiac arrest. And thought she was just unconscious.
     
  11. LR1

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    A working link for the broken one in post #2 from 2006
    http://www.dnalabsinternational.com/email_newsletter/vol_13_mar_06/vol13_ref17.html

    A few quotes from it
    Here's what Douglas has been up to lately,
    http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/fl-pbso/2015-12-15/douglas-j-gross-201512150140139
     
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    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/c...go-killer-still-large/lrOIR7WaVLgHBefumZK64H/

    "Springer said PBSO has “good physical evidence” on Hurley’s killer. What’s needed is a name that matches that evidence."

    "On St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, Hurley was with friends at Jupiter Beach Park, just south of the Jupiter Inlet, when she ran down the beach toward Carlin Park to meet her mother. The teen cut through a wooded area and then disappeared, according to reports.

    Her beaten body was found under heavy brush later that day. Authorities say she was suffocated.

    The public’s help will likely be needed to find the killer because whoever did it “is not going to turn himself in. You can bet on that,” Springer said."
     

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