Palm Beach County Sheriff, Ric Bradshaw, says a suspected serial killer is behind bars thanks to a DNA match.
The DNA evidence also possibly links to at least two victims from Daytona Beach.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested first degree murder suspect of Robert Hayes yesterday.
Hayes is a suspect in the killing of 35-year-old Rachel Elizabeth Bey, of Riviera Beach in 2016.
37-year-old Robert Tyrone Hayes appeared in court Monday morning on first-degree murder charges and was denied bond.
“If we wouldn’t have put this individual in jail, he would’ve done this again and we would’ve had another innocent victim,” said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at a news conference Monday morning.
According to the report, Hayes was originally arrested for the murder of Rachel Bey who’s body was found about 50 feet from the road on Beeline Highway near Pratt Whitney Road by workers in 2016.
Through an investigation, authorities were able to pinpoint Hayes as their suspect, however, as officials continued to investigate, it was found that Hayes may also have been responsible for the deaths of four other women.
Authorities announced Sunday that they believe Hayes may also been behind the deaths of Stacy Gage, Julie Green, Laquetta Gunther and Iwana Patton.
Officials say each woman was shot in the head by a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson and all of their bodies were found in remote wooded areas in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill between 2005 and 2008.
The Volusia County cases are still open and under investigation. The murder case in Palm Beach County will now proceed to trial.