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 Division stated, in keeping with WPTV-TV of Palm Seaside.
Fernandes beat Dietz-Livesey to loss of life in the summertime of 2000, shoved her physique in a suitcase and left her on the aspect of a highway in Cooper Metropolis, Florida, in keeping with the Solar-Sentinel in South Florida.
He killed Demas weeks later, additionally stuffing her physique in a suitcase and leaving her on a highway in Dania Seaside, Florida.
A 12 months later Good’s physique was discovered floating in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, WPTV reported.
“We have been lucky that each our authorities right here and the partnership we had with Brazil afforded these women and men a possibility to additional examine and get to some extent the place they exhumed the physique to attach DNA proof confirming this suspect, Roberto Fernandes, was certainly accountable for the brutal homicide of all three of those girls,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony stated in a information convention Tuesday. “Justice by no means expires.”
Dietz-Livesey and Demas generally labored as prostitutes and that will have been how Fernandes met them, the Solar-Sentinel reported.
The sheriff’s workplace stated Fernandes seemingly killed different victims.
“Personally, somebody who has the sort of violence towards their victims and disrespect for all times, I discover it exhausting to consider that they restricted themselves to a few victims,” detective Zach Scott stated.
Investigators observed a sample within 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.
Fernandes had additionally been acquitted of killing his spouse in 1996 in Brazil by claiming self-defense, the newspaper reported. He reportedly crashed his airplane in 2005 whereas attempting to flee Brazil for Paraguay after discovering out that assassins could have been looking him to avenge his spouse’s loss of life.
Earlier than his physique was exhumed investigators feared Fernandes may need faked his loss of life, the Sun-Sentinel reported.