A Brazilian man who died in a 2005 plane crash was recognized Tuesday as a serial killer who murdered three girls in South Florida in the early 2000s, in accordance to stories.
The physique of Roberto Fernandes was exhumed after he was linked by way of DNA proof to the cold case deaths of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey, 35; Sia Demas, 21; and Jessica Good, 24, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department stated, in accordance to WPTV-TV of Palm Beach.
Fernandes beat Dietz-Livesey to dying in the summer time of 2000, shoved her physique in a suitcase and left her on the facet of a highway in Cooper City, Florida, in accordance to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.
He killed Demas weeks later, additionally stuffing her physique in a suitcase and leaving her on a highway in Dania Beach, Florida.
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A 12 months later Good’s physique was discovered floating in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, WPTV reported.
“We were fortunate that both our government here and the partnership we had with Brazil afforded these men and women an opportunity to further investigate and get to a point where they exhumed the body to connect DNA evidence confirming this suspect, Roberto Fernandes, was indeed responsible for the brutal murder of all three of these women,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony stated in a information convention Tuesday. “Justice never expires.”
Dietz-Livesey and Demas typically labored as prostitutes and which will have been how Fernandes met them, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The sheriff’s workplace stated Fernandes seemingly killed different victims.
“Personally, someone who has this type of violence toward their victims and disregard for life, I find it hard to believe that they limited themselves to three victims,” detective Zach Scott stated.
Investigators initially observed a sample in the murders however could not join all three.
A decade later, investigators linked DNA collected at the entire crime scenes and matching fingerprints from two of the murders to Fernandes. His physique was exhumed in Brazil final October, WPTV reported.
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Fernandes had additionally been acquitted of killing his spouse in 1996 in Brazil by claiming self-defense, the newspaper reported. He reportedly crashed his plane in 2005 whereas making an attempt to flee Brazil for Paraguay after discovering out that assassins might have been searching him to avenge his spouse’s dying.
Before his physique was exhumed investigators feared Fernandes may need faked his dying, the Sun-Sentinel reported.