The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has charged Lucious Boyd, already on death row for a previous murder, with first-degree murder and sexual battery in connection to the death of Eileen Truppner over 20 years ago.
Previously convicted of killing Dawnia Dacosta, Boyd now faces additional charges linked to Truppner’s death, as announced on December 5. Boyd had been found guilty in June 2002 for the murder and sexual battery of Dacosta, receiving a death sentence for the former and life in prison for the latter.
Sheriff Gregory Tony, in a press conference, highlighted that Truppner, previously unidentified, is now acknowledged. Truppner’s death occurred approximately two weeks after Dacosta’s demise.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, on December 18, 1998, a woman was found on the side of U.S. 27, having been sexually assaulted, with her body discovered by a boater the next day. Initially designated as Jane Doe, the investigation faced challenges with limited evidence, including only her clothing and a sketch. Despite efforts to seek information from nearby businesses, the case went cold.
Years later, detectives reopened the case, creating a new sketch that ultimately led to Truppner’s identification in May. Originally from Puerto Rico, Truppner had moved to the U.S. to embark on a new life, leaving behind two children and a loving family.
During the press conference, Truppner’s sister described her as kind but revealed her struggles with depression after giving birth. Captain Jonathan Brown and his detectives consider Boyd a potential serial killer, suspecting involvement in the deaths of women across Florida, particularly those in vulnerable situations.
Sheriff Tony emphasized that “justice has no expiration date” as the investigation into Boyd’s alleged crimes continues.