DNA links Florida man to 'serial' slayings of women

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The first of the three unsolved murders took place on Christmast Eve 2005, when 45-year-old Laquetta Gunther was gunned down.

A suspected serial killer who police believe murdered at least four women in Florida since 2005 was arrested on Sunday after DNA found on his cigarette linked him to the victims. They found that it matched the DNA found on the first Daytona victim.

"We will keep working every single day, every single hour, until we find these monsters that do these things", said Sheriff Bradshaw.

A Palm Beach County judge ordered that Hayes be held without bond.

It was only through advances in DNA technology that detectives were able to link Hayes to the Daytona Beach murders, Police Chief Craig Capri said.

Investigators eventually identified Hayes as a possible suspect, saying he lived in Palm Beach County and Daytona Beach during the time of the murders.

"Without genetic geneolgy, predators like Mr. Hayes will continue to live in our neighborhoods, visit our parks, our libraries, restaurants and go to our nightlife, entertainment districts to continue to hunt for victims", said special agent Troy Walker of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

"This is all about Rachel Bey", said Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. He is now locked up in Palm Beach County. She did not have a history of prostitution, but the circumstances of her death were similar to the other victims.

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On the time of his arrest on Sunday, Hayes was residing with a lady and a younger child, believed to be about 2 years outdated, in an condominium in West Palm Seaside.

Bey's two brothers attended the Palm Beach news conference but declined to comment.

Julie Ann Green, whose body was found by a construction worker in January 2006 on an access road off LPGA Boulevard. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice, according to statement from the school. Her decomposed body wasn't found until almost a month later.

Authorities said they got a major break in the case using genetic genealogy, which is a combination of traditional DNA evidence with the type of genealogical analysis made famous by companies like 23andMe and Ancestry. Investigators said in court documents she had been killed elsewhere and dumped.

For good measure, they collected one other pattern from Hayes after his arrest, which was additionally a optimistic match. "It's not just working the streets anymore". The body of 35-year-old Iwana Patton was found February 24 on a dirt road.

Florida police believe they have finally caught a serial killer they've been seeking since 2005.

After three years of work, investigators matched DNA from a discarded cigarette with that of the male fluids found on Bey. Gunther had a police record for prostitution, but Green and Patton did not.

"These were brutal crimes and the State Attorney's Office is very fortunate to have the caliber of law enforcement folks that we have working these cases", Larizza stated.

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