Eileen Truppner, Lucious Boyd, Dawnia Dacosta : “South Florida Detectives Identify Suspect in 1998 Murder Case, Seek Tips”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Oakland Park, Florida – After 23 years, detectives in South Florida believe they have finally identified the person responsible for the brutal killing of a South Florida mother in 1998. In December of that year, the body of a woman was discovered by a boater in a grassy area off U.S. 27 in Southwest Broward County. The victim had been brutally murdered, raped, and left for dead.

At the time, investigators faced numerous challenges as they had very little evidence to work with. They only had the victim’s colorful clothing and a sketch to go by. Despite searching missing persons databases and canvassing nearby businesses, their efforts yielded no results. The lack of cellphone cameras and surveillance cameras in the area further hindered their investigation. Eventually, the case went cold.

But Detective Zack Scott, part of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office cold case unit, was determined to find justice for the victim. While investigating another cold case involving suspected serial killer Roberto Wagner Fernandes, the team decided to retest the sexual assault kit from the 1998 murder. They hoped that Fernandes might be linked to the crime.

With the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s genetic genealogy unit, the DNA from the sexual assault kit was traced back to three sisters. Further interviews led them to identify one of the sisters, Eileen Truppner, who had disappeared in August 1998. The analysis confirmed that Jane Doe was indeed Eileen Truppner.

“For 20-something years, there has been no closure, no justice for who is now identified as Eileen Truppner, that was our victim. She is no longer faceless. She is no longer nameless. That is important for us as a community to have that name, and it’s important for the family members,” stated Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony.

Eileen Truppner’s sister, Nancy Truppner, revealed that Eileen had immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico. She had suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, and it only worsened with the arrival of her second child. This led to Eileen losing custody of her children.

Nancy Truppner had offered her sister a place to live, but Eileen believed she could regain custody of her children and refused the offer. The Truppner family hired a private investigator but never received any definitive information about Eileen’s whereabouts.

Using DNA technology, investigators were able to link Eileen Truppner’s DNA to Lucious Boyd, a suspected serial killer. Boyd’s DNA had been collected as evidence in the murder of another woman, Dawnia Dacosta, who was killed just two weeks before Eileen Truppner. Boyd is already on death row for Dacosta’s murder and now faces additional charges for Eileen’s murder.

Now, with Boyd’s indictment, Eileen Truppner’s family can finally find some closure after years of uncertainty. Sheriff Tony emphasized that justice has no expiration date, and they will continue their mission to bring justice to other potential victims of Lucious Boyd. Detectives are urging anyone who may have had contact with Boyd in the mid to late ’90s to come forward with any information that could assist in their investigation.

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