Suspected serial killer an ex-Bethune-Cookman student linked to at least 3 murders in Daytona in the early 2000s; arrested Sunday in Palm Beach County for alleged strangulation there in 2016

Photos for Headline Surfer / Robert Hayes, was ordered held without bail Monday in Palm Beach County, one one count of first-degree murder in the 2016 strangulation death of a woman. He is a suspect in the slayings of three women in Daytona Beach in the early 2000s, described as the work of a serial killer who has eluded Dsaytona law enforcement for more than a decade. Shown to his left is a court-appointed public defender. 

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Finally after more than a decade, a face has emergged fronmy and center of the so-called elusive Daytona serial killer.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.