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Lena Teinila was murdered on Monday February 6, 1989, her body found near former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. She was a mother of two young children and struggled for years with alcoholism and mental illness. His death, the only cold homicide for the city of Palm Beach, remains unsolved. Here’s what we know.

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More to this story:There’s only one unsolved homicide in the city of Palm Beach, and that’s Lena Teinila.

What happened to Lena Teinila?

Lena Teinila was a 38-year-old mother of two young children who grew up in Lake Worth Beach and graduated from John I. Leonard High. She had a history of mental illness and alcoholism and an apparent obsession with hitchhiking.

What happened the night Lena Teinila died in Lake Worth Beach?

The Lake Worth Beach resident had been spending time at Little Owl Bar and Ryan’s Bar and Grill, both on North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth Beach, police said. She was last seen walking north on North Dixie at the West Palm Beach-Lake Worth line at 1 a.m. on February 6.

Where was the body found?

A delivery man found Teinila’s body in the eastbound lane of South Ocean Boulevard between Mar-a-Lago and the Bath & Tennis Club at 3:27 a.m. on February 6. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office said his cause of death was “multiple.” stabbing with asphyxiation as a contributing factor,” according to Palm Beach Daily News archives.

What’s going on with the Lena Teinila case?

Palm Beach Police Detective John Scanlan reopened the case in the summer of 2017. “We’ve had detectives review it periodically,” Scanlan told the Daily News in 2018. “But it never really goes away.” He said then that he started investigating the case because someone might have information related to Teinila’s death that they didn’t feel comfortable sharing at the time it happened. product.

Are there any suspects in the Palm Beach homicide cold case?

Scanlan said different suspects popped up from time to time. Of note is Scott Erskine, a California man who confessed to killing Renee Baker, whose body was found in Palm Beach a few months after Teinila was discovered. Erskine told police he had no role in Teinila’s death, Scanlan said.

Who to call if you have any info

If you have any information about Teinila’s homicide or any other suspicious activity that may be related to her death, contact the Palm Beach Police Department through the Anonymous Tip Line. Call 561-227-6464 or select the “report a crime confidentially” button online at palmbeachpolice.com.

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