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Wayne Pfeister is identified as the killer in last Sunday’s murder-suicide in Boca Raton. He killed his mother.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Although the Boca Raton Police Department continues to block the public from learning the identity of the man who killed his mother in a murder-suicide last Sunday, sources connected to the investigation confirm to that the killer is Wayne Alexander Pfeister. Pfeister killed his mother, Dena Vanvoorhis, then himself, in the home at 5500 NW Third Terrace.

In a dispute described as ”inheritance related,” has learned that Pfeister gained entry to the home owned by Nadine Strumlauf, 92, his grandmother, as family was arriving in the area to celebrate her birthday. Pfeister, 36, was apparently living in the home without permission while his grandmother was in an area nursing facility. When his mother entered the home and found Wayne, a dispute ensued. During the course of the fight, Pfeister — according to sources connected to the investigation — both shot his mother and pummeled her face with his gun.

Dena Vanvoorhis
Dena Vanvoorhis was shot and killed by her son, Wayne Pfeister, in Boca Raton last week.

Other family members arriving at the home were met with gunfire. None were critically injured. As Boca Raton Police arrived — in a response described as ”exceptionally slow” and ”poorly coordinated” by someone with knowledge of the events — Pfeister shot and killed himself. His body was found near his mother’s in the house.

The Boca Raton Police Department refuses to release an official police report, a list of supervisory officers on the scene, a minute by minute account of what the Department’s negotiating team did, and when. The Boca Raton Police Department continues to officially shield killer Wayne Pfeister from identification, claiming that he is entitled to privacy. No other South Florida police department routinely protects the identity of murderers. The department initially claimed that ”Marsy’s Law” was invoked by a family member, but there are new questions as to whether the family member involved had standing to request privacy. It is unclear why it was believed that identifying Pfeister, who has a different last name than his mother, would reveal the identity of the actual victim. Marsy’s Law is meant to protect a victim, not a killer. Eight days after a violent crime leading to two deaths, the Boca Raton Police Department has officially identified no one to the public.

However, sources connected to the investigation tell that Deena Vanvoorhis’ body remains in the custody of the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office. The source says the family is ”distraught” that the medical examiner — allegedly at the order of Boca Raton Police — will not release Vanvoorhis’ body to the family. The family has taken to social media to ask for financial help for the funeral which has still not occurred. Use this link to donate.

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