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Police Think This Is Serial Killer Who First Murdered in 2005

Robert Hayes arrested for 2016 murder in Palm Beach, but allegedly linked to earlier slayings
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2019 4:04 PM CDT
This Sept. 16, 2019 photo made available by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shows Robert Hayes under arrest.   (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via AP)

(Newser) – Florida police believe they have finally caught a serial killer they've been seeking since 2005. Robert Hayes, 37, was arrested late Sunday and faces a first-degree murder charge in a 2016 slaying, and police say DNA taken from that victim matches other victims from nearly 14 years ago, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The details:

  • The 2016 murder: Rachel Bey, 32, was killed March 7, 2016, in Palm Beach. The body of Bey was found beaten, strangled, and sexually battered about 50 feet off the Beeline Highway west of Jupiter. Hayes was identified as a suspect and then linked to the crime through DNA from a cigarette he had smoked and thrown to the ground just two days before his arrest, police say. Bey was known to work as a prostitute near where Hayes lived in Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports.
  • DNA match: The DNA taken from Bey matched DNA that had been found on two Daytona Beach murder victims years ago, and ended up linking Hayes to those murders as well.
  • The Daytona Serial Killer: Police have long been searching for the Daytona Serial Killer (DSK), who shot three prostitutes in the head execution-style (including the two aforementioned victims that helped connect the Daytona Beach murders to the more recent Palm Beach murder) in 2005 and 2006.

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