21 Solved in ‘21 : Day 16 : Kimberly Dietz Livesey, Sia Demas, and Jessica Good
On June 22, 2000, a brown suitcase left near the busy Flamingo Avenue in Cooper City, Florida was spotted by an electrician that was passing by on his way to work. Curious, he pulled over, opened the suitcase, and revealed the nude body of 35-year-old Kimberly Dietz-Livesey. 2 men were spotted by a separate witness, carrying a suitcase on Flamingo Road just before her body was found. Detectives traced Kimberly’s last days back to the Knights Inn on Biscayne Blvd in Miami.
On the morning of August 9th, a woman walking her dog along Southwest 31st Avenue discovered an overstuffed duffle bag just past the Medical Examiner’s Office. She called the police, who discovered the body of 21-year-old Sia Demas. An investigation revealed that Sia also spent time at the Knights Inn on Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.
A little over a year later, on August 30, 2001, the body of Jessica Good was discovered floating in the Biscayne Bay. According to detectives, all 3 cases shared similar “fact patterns.” In addition, fingerprints from the first 2 crime scenes matched, and DNA evidence from all 3 matched.
The fingerprints were eventually matched to a Brazilian citizen who had lived in Miami in the late 1990s, and fled to Brazil after suspicion fell on him shortly after Good’s murder. He was initially suspected because Jessica had called her boyfriend before heading out for the day, and informed told him about a man driving a work van, and even provided him with the number of the work van. When police called the company, they were informed that the suspect was the only employee associated with that van.
The suspect’s fingerprints were in the Brazilian justice system’s records in connection with the 1996 murder of his wife, Danyelle Amaral Bouças Fernandes. He was acquitted in her murder on a self-defense claim. He was also a suspect in several other investigations, including one for sexual assault, in Brazil as well. He died in a plane crash in 2005 as he attempted to flee from Brazil to Paraguay, which he did for fear that Danyelle’s family would retaliate against him. To ensure he was truly dead and not evading justice, authorities exhumed his body. Authorities believe that this man may have been responsible for any number of murders during his time in the US.
Because the reporting of these cases zeroed in on all 3 women’s potential involvement in sex work and their drug addictions, not a lot of information is availble on the important aspects of these women’s lives.
Kimberly Dietz Livesey was the youngest of 4 children. At age 29 she had checked into a rehab program. She remained sober for 3 or 4 years until postpartum depression sank in after giving birth to her daughter. On June 20, 2020 she called her estranged husband and told him she was done partying and wanted to come home. They arranged to meet at an AA meeting that evening. She was murdered before she had the chance. She was 35.
Sia Demas was described by her mother as a sensitive girl. She would often bring home stray animals to care for them. Sia was 21 years old, and mother to a 4-year-old son at the time of her death.
Jessica Good was 24 at the time of her death. I could find no further information about Jessica beyond what the reporters of 2001 decided was worth mentioning. Jessica was more than a sex worker, and more than a drug addict. She was a whole human being.