Homicide

Phoenix police: DNA evidence leads to arrest of man in deaths of 2 women in early 1990s

  • Phoenix Police Crime Response Unit members inspect the house of a man suspected of at least two 1992 murders of two young women on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. Police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the deaths of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas.  Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas was killed in September 1993. Their remains were found in or near the Arizona canal. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Phoenix Police Crime Response Unit members inspect the house of a man suspected of at least two 1992 murders of two young women on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. Police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the deaths of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas. Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas was killed in September 1993. Their remains were found in or near the Arizona canal. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Bryan Patrick Miller.  Authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of Miller, 42,in the killings of two young women whose bodies were found in northwest Phoenix in the early 1990s. Police arrested Miller late Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in killings 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. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area.  (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

    This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Bryan Patrick Miller. Authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of Miller, 42,in the killings of two young women whose bodies were found in northwest Phoenix in the early 1990s. Police arrested Miller late Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in killings 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. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Police Crime Response Unit members inspect the house of a man suspected of at least two 1992 murders of two young women on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. Police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the deaths of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas.  Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas was killed in September 1993. Their remains were found in or near the Arizona canal. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Phoenix Police Crime Response Unit members inspect the house of a man suspected of at least two 1992 murders of two young women on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. Police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the deaths of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas. Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas was killed in September 1993. Their remains were found in or near the Arizona canal. Both had disappeared while bicycling in the area. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of a man in the 20-year-old killings of two young women who vanished on bike rides near Phoenix's canal system.

Police arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller late Tuesday in the deaths of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas.

Brosso was killed in November 1992, and Bernas died in September 1993. Both disappeared while bicycling near the Arizona Canal. Brosso's decapitated body was found in the area, while Bernas' body was discovered floating in the water.

Forensic evidence connected the killings within years, but investigators couldn't identify a suspect. Police say DNA evidence recently collected by undercover officers linked Miller to the killings.

Officers searched his home overnight. It's not clear whether he has a lawyer.