FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A serial slayer liable for the deaths of 3 women 20 years agone has been identified.
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Tuesday morning, their investigators worked with Miami constabulary investigators to find that Roberto Wagner Fernandes, a Brazilian national, was their killer.
Tony said the archetypal pistillate killed, Kimberly Dietz-Livesey, was stuffed into a suitcase and near successful Cooper City successful June 2020.
The 2nd pistillate killed, Sia Demas, was enactment into a duffel container and was near on a roadworthy successful Dania Beach time later.
The 3rd woman, identified arsenic Jessica Good, was killed connected August 30, 2001. Her assemblage was recovered floating successful Biscayne Bay.
Suspicion fell connected Fernandes, who lived successful Miami, arsenic a imaginable fishy aft Good’s murder. He fled to Brazil earlier helium could beryllium questioned.
Since the 3 cases shared akin patterns, detectives from the sheriff’s bureau and Miami Police worked unneurotic and clues began to emerge. DNA grounds collected from each 3 crimes pointed to 1 arsenic yet chartless culprit. Fingerprints collected astatine 2 of the transgression scenes were a match, but the individuality of the slayer remained a mystery.
In 2011, Broward sheriff’s and Miami constabulary detectives got a immense break. DNA from Good’s execution matched the chartless fishy DNA matched the Broward murders.
Additionally, fingerprints taken from Fernandes pursuing the decease of his woman years earlier matched the fingerprints from the transgression scenes.
When investigators went to Brazil to effort to get DNA grounds from Fernandes, they learned that Fernandes near Brazil for Paraguay and reportedly died successful a level clang determination successful 2005.
But the detectives had questions astir whether helium had truly died successful the crash.
They worked intimately with the Brazilian National Police, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the FBI, and successful precocious 2020 and aboriginal 2021, Fernandes’ was exhumed and DNA samples were taken. The results showed it was him successful the sedate and his DNA was accordant with the chartless fishy illustration collected from the transgression scenes of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey, Sia Demas, and Jessica Good.