DNA testing heats up unsolved murder, rape case

By Tara Cardoso - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - On St. Patty's day in 1990, 14-year-old Rachel Hurley was walking from the beach at Carlin Park in Jupiter when someone attacked and killed her.

She was raped and smothered inside a bushy area near a homeless camp. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit has been following leads for two decades, and, they say, they will never give up hope.

Most recently, 49-year-old Todd Clayton Campbell was arrested when detectives say his DNA connected him to another rape and murder case from Jupiter from 25 years ago.

Since he was arrested for a similar type of crime, his DNA is also being tested to see if it matches the DNA found on Rachel Hurley's body. Detectives will know more about the test results in a few weeks.

Detectives have also looked at Douglas Gross. His DNA was found on a bloody t-shirt in a garbage can not far from where Rachel's body was found, but detectives never found any of his DNA on Rachel.

Therefore, they have not charged him with anything. They have only questioned him, but they believe he is hiding something.

He's currently in a Florida prison on other charges, and we spoke to him behind bars in 2006. He firmly says he did not kill Rachel Hurley, and he would come forward if he knew anything.

Sgt. William Springer and Detective John Van Houten want anyone with any little bit of information to come forward. They say they will investigate all leads. You can call the Sheriff's Office at (561) 688-4157.