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Possible Florida Serial Killer Accused of Strangling Homeless Women, Dumping Bodies: Police

'Potential Serial Killer' Accused of Killing 2 Homeless Florida Women
Source: Orange County Sheriff's Office

Carlos Yadiel Baez-Nieves (center) is accused of strangling Fatia Flowers (left) and Nichole Daniels (right) to death in Florida, authorities said.

Apr. 30 2024, Published 4:03 p.m. ET

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Officials in Florida announced the arrest of a potential “prolific serial killer” after he allegedly killed two homeless women and then dumped their bodies from his truck.

On March 14, investigators found the body of 41-year-old Fatia Flowers along an Orange County intersection, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.

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Over one month later, on April 17, authorities located the remains of another female victim, 44-year-old Nichole Daniels, within the same area.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage from a nearby 7-Eleven, which showed Daniels getting into a white Ford F-150.

Mina said investigators then discovered the truck belonged to 25-year-old Carlos Yadiel Baez-Nieves, who allegedly tried to sell the vehicle to get rid of evidence.

Officials arrested Baez-Nieves for driving with a suspended license.

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While interviewing Baez-Nieves, he allegedly confessed to killing the two women and initially claimed the victims attacked him first and died during “rough sex," authorities said.

According to law enforcement officials, Baez-Nieves had sex with the victims and then allegedly fatally strangled them before pushing their lifeless bodies out of his truck and driving home.


Mina said Baez-Nieves targeted the “most vulnerable women he could target — women who were transient and traded sex for money.”

The suspect, Mina alleged, “murdered them and dumped them on the side of the road like trash,” but “detectives knew that Fatia and Nichole’s lives were meaningful and that they are worthy of justice.”

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With the arrest, Mina said authorities “may have stopped a potential serial killer.”

Baez-Nieves was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and booked into the Orange County Jail.


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