Douglas Streeter, Death – The skeletal remains of an unidentified male were discovered in October 1976 by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in a rural part of western Palm Beach County near the state highway 827, near the Talisman Farm sugar cane field. The area was located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Investigators were able to determine that the victim had been shot and murdered, but the crime scene did not contain many clues that could point them to the identity of the deceased.
The victim of the homicide could not be identified during the investigation, and the case is now included in the files of unidentified unnamed human remains. The case was assigned the number UP1330 upon registration to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). In 2022, the skeletal remains of the unidentified homicide victim were delivered to Othram by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Othram researchers created a sufficient DNA sample from the skeletal remains, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to construct a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was used by Othram’s internal genealogy team as part of genealogical research, which resulted in the production of investigative leads. Following the submission of investigative leads to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a subsequent investigation determined that the victim of the 1976 homicide was actually Douglas Streeter of Bryan, Ohio.
In March 1976, Streeter traveled to Florida with a group of friends from Ohio. He was last seen in the Spanish Oaks Apartments neighborhood in Boca Raton, Florida. He never returned home and his whereabouts are unknown until now. Streeter was also known by the nickname “Strut” and had ties to the Michigan town of North Adams. If you have any information about the murder of Douglas Streeter, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477 or contact Detective John Cogburn of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit at 561-688- 4063 or email him at (email protected). You can also submit your information online at www.pbso.org/coldcases.