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Sheriff: Brazilian man killed 3 Florida women 2 decades ago

This image provided by the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Office shows Roberto Wagner Fernandes, a Brazilian man who died in a plane crash in South America in 2005, who authorities say responsible for the slayings of three Florida women two decades ago. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, DNA matches conclusively identified the culprit as Fernandes, who fled to Brazil in 2001 shortly after his final victim's body was discovered in Miami. At that time, police wanted to question Fernandes in connection to the killing, but Brazil has no extradition treaty with the U.S. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Brazilian man who died in a plane crash in South America in 2005 is responsible for the slayings of three Florida women two decades ago.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said DNA identified the culprit as Roberto Fernandes, who fled to Brazil shortly after his final victim’s body was discovered in Miami.

Brazil has no extradition treaty with the U.S.

Investigators said all three women who were slain had substance abuse problems and turned to prostitution to support their habits.

Fernandes died in a 2005 plane crash. His body was exhumed in Brazil to check for the DNA match.

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