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Rhodes, circa 1988; Steven Lorenzo; Scott Schweikert
Missing Since 06/22/1988
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 10/20/1963 (57)
Age 24 years old
Height and Weight 5'8, 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
There are some similarities between the Jackson and Rhodes/Block disappearances. All three men are gay, all of them left behind most of their belongings, they all disappeared in late June, and all of them were reportedly involved with drugs. (Jackson reportedly used crystal methamphetamine and other club drugs, and Block and Rhodes may have handled drug money for one of Rhodes's acquaintances.)
All of the men are gay, all were within roughly the same age group, and they all disappeared from the same area. Shumaker disappeared from Tampa in 1995. Thompson disappeared in 2001 from Clearwater, Florida, and his truck was later found abandoned in Tampa. Williams disappeared in from Tampa in 2001. Galehouse and Wachholtz disappeared from Tampa within a day of each other in December 2003. Wachholtz's body was found in mid-January 2004, but the other men remain missing.
In September 2012, Schweickert was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Wachholtz and Galehouse. In June 2016, he pleaded guilty to both murders and was sentenced to life in prison. This is on top of the 40 years he is already serving for the GHB-related charges. He admitted he and Lorenzo conspired to meet single gay men and turn them into "sex slaves", then either kill them or sell them once they became tired of them.
Schweickert stated he and Lorenzo met Galehouse at 2606 and convinced him to go back to Lorenzo's home for sex, then killed him together, dismembered his remains with an electric saw and dumped the parts in trash bins all over the city. They met Wachholtz at the same club the next night, spiked his drink with GHB and killed him.
Rhodes and Block co-owned a boat they kept at a boatyard off the 17th Street Causeway; shortly after they disappeared, another co-owner sold the vessel. Their cases remain unsolved.
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