A serial killer, who died in a plane crash, may be responsible for three murders in South Florida, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and City of Miami Police Department.
The agencies announced Tuesday that they have linked a spree killer to the homicides of three young women in South Florida from 20 years ago.
The body of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey was discovered inside a suitcase dumped on the side of a road in Cooper City on June 22, 2000, according to Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony.
Two months later, on Aug. 9, 2000, BSO finds the body of Sia Demas stuffed inside a duffel bag lying beside a road in Dania Beach.
Authorities believe a third victim, Jessica Good, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and dumped in Biscayne Bay on Aug. 30, 2001.
Authorities identify the alleged serial killer as Brazilian national Roberto Wagner-Fernandes, who lived in Miami at the time of the murders.
According to detectives, the three cases share similar fact patterns and say a DNA match on the national database, CODIS, linked Fernandes to all three murders in 2011.
Unfortunately, Fernandes fled to Brazil days after Good’s body was found floating in the bay on Sept. 1, 2001, according to authorities.
In addition to the three homicides linked to Fernandes, he was also arrested for the killing of his wife but was acquitted at trial.
Her family allegedly paid a hitman to murder him, so he reportedly fled from Brazil to Paraguay in 2005.
During his flight to Paraguay, the plane he was on crashed and he was killed, according to authorities.
As a precaution, police exhumed Fernandes’ body and tested the DNA to ensure that he didn’t fake his own death. The DNA matched Fernandes.