'Zombie Hunter' being investigated in connection to additional slayings

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Bryan Patrick Miller (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Bryan Patrick Miller (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Police swarmed the home where Miller lives in the 6800 block of Buckeye Road. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Police swarmed the home where Miller lives in the 6800 block of Buckeye Road. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Angela Brosso (Source: Silent Witness) Angela Brosso (Source: Silent Witness)

He was once well known around the Valley for dressing as a bizarre character called the "Zombie Hunter," but today there is mounting evidence that 43-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller is both a brutal and prolific serial killer of young women and girls.    

Miller was first arrested by Phoenix police in January after a DNA match reportedly linked him to the grisly cold case murders of two young women in the early 1990s.    

The mutilated bodies of 21-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas were found along the Arizona Canal nearly a quarter of a century ago. The case came to be known as the Canal Murders.   

Miller is now behind bars, facing two counts of first-degree murder. Phoenix police now confirm that Miller is the prime suspect in a third and possibly a fourth killing.  

"Once you get a suspect in custody you can start working your way back," said the Phoenix Police Department’s Sgt. Trent Crump.   

Crump on Tuesday said cold case detectives have linked Miller to the 1992 disappearance of 13-year-old Brandy Myers. Brandy, whose body has never been found, was last seen going door to door in her Sunnyslope neighborhood, collecting money for a school project.  

Miller lived in the neighborhood at the time, and according to Crump once confessed to his ex-wife that he had murdered, dismembered and disposed of a young girl who had come to his door soliciting for some cause.  

"Obviously he is a very strong lead for us at this time," Crump said.   

So strong that police submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in September, but prosecutors then asked detective to do some more investigating.   

Crump said detectives are also looking for possible links to a fourth homicide, the murder of a 16-year-old named Shannon Aumock, who also disappeared in the early 1992 and whose body was later discovered dumped in the desert.   

"Investigators from our cold case squads have not given up on these cases," Crump said. "We won't give up in them. We want to see closure for the families."   

Miller has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas.

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