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Michael Rivera was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 11-year-old Staci Lynn Jazvac.

On January 30, 1986, Staci Lynn Jazvac rode her bike to the store to buy school supplies. When she did not return home, her mother began to search for her daughter. Jazvac’s mother came upon a Broward County deputy sheriff, who had found Jazvac’s bicycle. At this point, a police investigation began.

The police received a complaint from a woman named Starr Peck because a man called her claiming responsibility for the murder of Staci Lynn Jazvac. Peck claimed that a man calling himself “Tony” called and told her about his sexual fantasies and that he was wearing women’s clothing. Peck received more than 30 of these calls from “Tony.” The last call Peck received was shortly after the murder of Jazvac.

“Tony” told Peck that he had killed Staci Lynn Jazvac. He explained to Peck that he had seen Jazvac getting off a bike and wanted to expose himself to her. “Tony” told her that he had put ether over Staci’s mouth and dragged her into the van where he sexually assaulted her. According to “Tony,” he had not intended to kill the eleven-year-old girl. Other women in the area reported receiving similar calls from “Tony.”

The police determined that “Tony” was Michael Rivera, an employee of Peck.

On February 13, 1986, they arrested Rivera on outstanding warrants and questioned him at police headquarters. Rivera admitted to making the obscene phone calls to Peck, but he denied involvement in the disappearance of Staci Lynn Jazvac.

During questioning, Rivera admitted that he liked to expose himself to young girls. Rivera also confessed that he had exposed himself to a girl pushing a bike but would not say what he did to her because “I don’t want to go to jail. They’ll kill me for what I’ve done.” He also admitted to an attack against Jennifer Goetz, an 11-year-old girl living in Coral Springs.

On February 14, 1986, police found the body of Staci Lynn Jazvac in a field located in Coral Springs. The medical examiner determined that she had died as a result of asphyxiation.

Source: Florida Commission on Capital Cases

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