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For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2020

Media Contact:
Det. Alvaro Zabaleta
[email protected]

***** UPDATE *****

Topic: Death Investigation
Case #: PD200218063095
Date & Time of Occurrence: 02/18/2020 at approx. 4:00 p.m.
Address of Occurrence: Government Cut waterways
  Miami, Florida
Deceased #1:
Deceased's Name: Emma Afra, (W/F)
Deceased's DOB: 09/30/1956
Deceased's Address: 7924 Fisher Island Drive
  Miami, Florida
Deceased #2:
Deceased's Name: Viviane Brahms, (W/F)
Deceased's DOB: 01/16/1945
Deceased's Address: 1 Taylor Lane
  Harrison, New York
Vehicle #1:
Vehicle Make/Model: 2019 Mercedes Benz
Vehicle Color: Blue
Vessel #1:
Vessel Description: Fisher Island Ferry

Death Investigation

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

The Miami-Dade Police Department, in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard, is investigating an incident that resulted in two women dead.

According to investigators, the operator of a ferry that was transporting vehicles from Fisher Island reported that a vehicle had fallen overboard.  A multi-agency search for the vehicle was initiated by Divers from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police Department.  Divers located the vehicle, submerged in the area of Government Cut, near Fisher Island.   The vehicle was recovered from the water, and investigators discovered two deceased females inside. 

The United States Coast Guard will be conducting a maritime incident investigation, and the Miami-Dade Police Department will conduct the death investigation.  Causes of death are pending a Medical Examiner's report.

Update 1: The deceased have been identified as listed above.



Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers
(305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477
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