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Arizona Man Arrested In Two Grisly "Cold-Case" Murders

The suspect, 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller, apparently called himself "Zombie Hunter" online.

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An Arizona man who apparently called himself the “Zombie Hunter” has been charged with the grisly murders of two women more than 20 years ago.

Angela Brasso, left, and Melanie Bernas.

Authorities arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller Tuesday in the deaths of Melanie Bernas and Angela Brasso. The women were killed almost a year apart, but law enforcement connected their deaths through forensic evidence.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office / Via abc15.com

Bryan Patrick Miller

“The Phoenix Police Department will continue to track down leads in cold cases and will not give up,” the department said on Facebook.

Brasso, 22, vanished on Nov. 8, 1992 after going for a bike ride, court records said. Bernas, 17, vanished almost a year later on Sept. 22, 1993 also after going for a bike ride.

The victims were both found near the same bike path that was also in close proximity to where Miller lived at the time, records said. Miller also used the bike path according to authorities.

A couple who had met Miller described him to the Arizona Republic as a "not quite normal" guy who drove what looked like a decommissioned police car with a bumper sticker reading "Zombie Hunter."

According to the newspaper, Miller also apparently maintained a Facebook page under the name "Arizona Zombie Hunter."

On the Facebook page, the “Zombie Hunter” tells tales of helping keep Arizona safe, and Miller is even pictured with two policemen.

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ABC 15 reported that police arrested Miller home, where he lived with his teenage daughter, after his DNA was linked to the victims.

The officers told the television station that there was hoarding going on in the home and it would take substantial work to go through all the material.

Miller is being held on first degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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