Phoenix Police Department
January 15, 2015 01:25 PM

Two Phoenix families may finally get the closure they need.

On late Tuesday evening, police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller in connection with the deaths of Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas, CBS 5 in Arizona reports.

Brosso, 22, was killed in November 1992 after she disappeared while biking. Her headless body was later found in a Phoenix park.

Similarly, Bernas, 17, vanished on a bike ride in September 1993. Her body was discovered floating in the Arizona Canal.

“These two cases shocked our community,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump, according to CBS 5.

Police were finally able to make an arrest thanks to DNA evidence.

“When these crimes occurred, we didn’t have DNA technology,” Crump said. “Detectives still gathered that evidence at the scene and collected it until we had that technology years later.”

The cases were reopened in 2011, reports the Associated Press.

Miller was never connected to the two deaths at the time of the initial investigation, but police say his name was on their radar, thanks to a conviction as a juvenile for stabbing a woman, according to ABC15.

Undercover detectives worked to obtain a sample of Miller’s DNA, and once they did, they were able to link him to Brosso and Bernas’s deaths.

Miller, however, denies his involvement in either murder. According to court documents obtained by CBS5, he “could not explain” why his DNA matched what was recovered from the two victims.

Miller moved to Washington state after allegedly committing the two murders, but moved back to Phoenix in recent years. He was living at home with his teenage daughter at the time of his arrest.

Acquaintances told The Arizona Republic he was known as the “Zombie Hunter,” who drove an old police car featuring that phrase on a bumper sticker.

“He dressed in this zombie hunter kind of cyber punk outfit that was frightening, too,” a man who met him at a convention a year ago told CBS 5.

Authorities in Phoenix are working with officers in Washington state to see if Miller can be linked to any crimes there as well, ABC15 reports.

Miller was booked into jail on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of sexual assault, according to CBS 5.

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