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A man who is accused of the murder of a young woman in the South Florida area and is now also a suspect in the death of at least three of the other women in the state, have killed more than a decade ago. All of the cases were linked to the man after police collected DNA from a tossed cigarette butt, officials revealed on Monday.
Robert Hayes, 37, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Rachel Bey, whose body was found along a road, on the 7th of March, 2016, in the area of Jupiter, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced.
“We have been able to do what we believe is a serial killer on our streets,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference.
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Hayes appeared in court Monday for a brief hearing, where a judge denied him bail.
Bey was a prostitute, and her jaw was broken in several places, and when she was found. Investigators said in court documents that she had been killed elsewhere and dumped.
The officers were able to link Hayes to the killing of the 32-year-old by using a family member’s DNA was found on a popular online database system to keep track of it. The researchers collected a cigarette butt, a cigarette in the previous week and after Hayes struck by a bus and is being tested after the time of his arrest, is said to have to the generate the results showed that a 700-billion-to-1 odds that the killer was someone other than Hayes, a swimming pool is so big, it has 100 times the population of the world.
Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, Fla., speaks during a news conference on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the latest, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said they arrested 32-year-old Robert Hayes for first-degree murder of Rachel Bey’s death.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
If the authorities in the South of Florida and held a news conference to announce the charges, Hayes, officials in Daytona Beach, said in another press conference, the 37-year-old was convicted of the brutal murders of at least two other women dating back to a decade and a half ago.
“At this point in time, we’ll have him in with us, but we are bound to him by forensic evidence to two of our murder victims,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri told reporters.
The Capri, which is referred to Hayes as “a disgusting serial killer,” and said that his name surfaced previously in the investigation, as the authorities had interviewed “hundreds” associated with the murder rate in the city.
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Be the first to Daytona Beach, body was discovered the day after Christmas in 2005, when Laquetta Gunther, 45, was found in a gap between an auto-parts store, and usually have to empty the utility building. Julie Green, 34, was found Jan. 14, 2006, on a dirt road at a construction site. The body of 35-year-old Iwana Patton was found on Feb. 24, on a dirt road.
The Daytona Beach Police department Chief Craig Capri, referred to in defendant, Robert Hayes as “a disgusting serial killer.”
The investigators believe that the victims were shot in the head with a .40-caliber handgun, and all three were found naked and face down on the floor, with their clothes, under them will be found in the area.
“These were vicious crimes and the State Attorney’s Office is very fortunate to have the caliber of law enforcement people that we have working this case,” state attorney R. J. Larizza, told reporters in Daytona Beach.
The police believe that the victims willingly got into a car with the money. A had a criminal record for prostitution, but it is Green and Patton are not. Green had a record for drug possession, while Patton had made a number of arrests were for battery.
The researchers are also investigating when Hayes is tied to the death of a fourth woman, who was found dead under similar circumstances on Jan. 2, 2007, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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At the time, the Daytona Beach murder, Hayes was a student at the city’s Bethune-Cookman University. Capri said that it was only due to the advances in DNA technology, detectives, link Hayes in the Daytona Beach murders.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw speaks at a press conference on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the latest, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
“All of these things are tied together by forensic evidence,” Larizza said. “It’s not the streets no more. It works, the technology, the DNA is … It’s a brave new world.”
The Daytona Beach murders caused a panic in 2006, a number of sex workers together to help with the investigation, withheld the vehicle’s description and license plate, to talk to regularly in the research and to keep a careful eye out for any suspicious activity, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.