September 12, 2021 by archyde
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Miami City Police Department announced Tuesday that they have linked a serial killer to the murders of three young women in South Florida decades after the women were murdered.
Kimberly Dietz-Livesey’s body was the first to be discovered on June 22, 2000. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said her body had been placed inside a suitcase that was found along a highway. in Cooper City.
From top left: Roberto-Wagner Fernandes, Kimberly Dietz-Livesey, Sia Demas and Jessica Good. (Broward Sheriff’s Office/City of Miami Police Department)
Weeks later, on August 9, 2000, the body of Sia Demas was found inside a bag along a road in Dania Beach.
Authorities said the serial killer, identified as Roberto Wagner-Fernandes, who lived in Miami but was a Brazilian citizen, also killed Jessica Good, whose body was found floating in Biscayne Bay on August 30, 2001.
Police said she had been repeatedly stabbed in the chest.
According to detectives, the three cases shared similar event patterns and a major discovery came in 2011, when DNA from the national database linked Fernandes to the three murders. Furthermore, the fingerprints taken from Fernandes after the death of his wife years before matched the fingerprints from crime scenes.
But authorities say Fernandes fled to Brazil days after Good’s murder on September 1, 2001.
After the local killings, police said Fernandes had been arrested for the murder of his wife, but was acquitted.
His family, however, allegedly paid to have him killed, prompting Fernandes to flee Brazil to Paraguay.
Fernandes died on his way to Paraguay when the plane he was traveling in crashed in 2005, authorities said.
Police said they had exhumed Fernandes’ body to make sure he did not fake his own death. They said the body’s DNA confirmed it was Fernandes’s.
Despite his death, the authorities hope to know who was the murderer of his loved one to help them heal that evil for the families of the victims.
Detectives believe that Fernandes may be responsible for other murders in the United States during the time he lived here. Anyone with information should call Detective Zachary Scott at 954-321-4214 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).
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