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Arrest made in 1990 Phoenix cold case killings

PHOENIX - Authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man in the killings of two young women whose bodies were found in northwest Phoenix in the early 1990s.

Bryan Patrick Miller Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via KPHO

Police arrested Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the murders of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas. His home was the subject of an overnight search.

Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas was killed in September 1993. Their remains were found in or near the Arizona canal. Brosso's body was found headless, according to CBS affiliate KPHO. Both girls had disappeared while bicycling in the area.

"These two cases shocked our community," Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said, according to KPHO.

Forensic evidence enabled investigators to connect the killings. The case was reopened in 2011 and police said DNA evidence recently collected by undercover officers linked Miller to the killings.

It's not clear whether Miller has a lawyer.

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