A man who died in a plane crash in Paraguay in 2005 was responsible for the deaths of three women whose killings in South Florida remained unsolved for two decades, the authorities said Tuesday, citing advances in crime-scene technology and years of detective work across two continents.
The murders started in June 2000, when the body of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey, 35, was found in a suitcase on a roadside in Cooper City, Fla., southwest of Fort Lauderdale, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Miami Police Department said.
Several weeks later, the body of Sia Demas, 21, was found in a duffel bag near Dania Beach, also in Broward County. A year later, the body of Jessica Good, 24, was spotted floating in Biscayne Bay, in Miami.
Ms. Dietz-Livesey and Ms. Demas had been beaten to death. Ms. Good had been stabbed. All three had struggled with substance abuse and had turned to prostitution, detectives said.