DNA Match And Surveillance Video Led To An Arrest In The 2022 Homicide Of A 69-year-old Lady

A 21-year-old guy has been detained by city police in connection with the asphyxia death of a 69-year-old woman, one of the most gruesome crimes a Riviera Beach detective has ever investigated.

Deborah Dunton was found dead in her mobile home on Pine Ridge Drive in Ocean Tide, a park off Broadway just to the north of the Blue Heron Boulevard bridge, in June 2022. Terrell Strain will be charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary in this case.

Strain has entered a not guilty plea to both allegations and has maintained residences in Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach recently. Detectives created a warrant for Strain’s arrest on April 3, and a grand jury indicted him on April 20. According to jail records, Strain has been detained since September on separate crimes.

On June 5, 2022, in the late afternoon, Riviera Beach police discovered Dunton lifeless in bed with a grocery bag tied around her neck and covering her head. According to a police arrest report, she reportedly suffered stab wounds to her lower abdomen and displayed evidence of bruises on her face.

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Dunton died of asphyxia, according to a later determination by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In his remarks to reporters during a press conference held on Tuesday at a municipal police substation, Detective Kyle Culver said, “During my time in the strategic investigations division, this was without a doubt one of the most brutal investigations that I myself investigated.”

Out of respect for Dunton’s family, he chose not to disclose any specifics of the investigation.

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