Dawn, Fla. – Authorities in Broward County have created an arrest in the situation of a missing lady from Dawn.

According to Sunrise law enforcement, 54-calendar year-outdated Eric Pierson confessed, in excellent depth, to killing 33-12 months-previous Erika Verdecia.

In accordance to an arrest report acquired by Local 10 Information, officers started browsing for Verdecia right after her mom claimed her missing on Sept. 28, four times right after she experienced previous noticed her daughter.

Verdecia’s mother advised law enforcement that after talking to Verdecia’s mates, she uncovered that her daughter was with Pierson on the morning of Sept. 25 and that the two ended up stopped by law enforcement, the report mentioned.

Sunrise couple apprehensive soon after not listening to from adult daughter for practically 2 weeks

Law enforcement finished up talking to Pierson multiple occasions after obtaining inconsistencies with what he explained to investigators about his time with Verdecia.


Carmen Verdecia, mother of Erika Verdecia, is not only devastated about her daughter’s murder, but furious.

“She didn’t have earned this,” Carmen Verdecia stated. “She wasn’t that kind of human being.”

Investigators also found that Pierson experienced been formerly convicted of 2nd-Diploma Murder in for the strangling death of 17-12 months-old Kristina Whitaker in Davie. He was also convicted of Tried 1st-Diploma Murder in 1985 and served 4 decades of an 18-yr sentence.

In 2020, Pierson was out on supervised launch, only serving 26 many years of his 40-12 months sentence for Whitaker’s killing.

Police mentioned it would be just one yr ahead of he killed Erika Verdecia.

“Why is this killer on the road,” Carmen Verdecia reported. “Why did the justice system fall short us?”

When officers searched Pierson’s vehicle, they uncovered blood in the again seat, the report claimed.

That similar working day, Pierson’s girlfriend identified as detectives to inform them about troubling statements Pierson experienced designed and about rocks and particles piling up in a canal driving her home, in accordance to the report.


A dive crew pulled a human body afterwards determined as Verdecia’s from the canal.

33-yr-outdated Erika Verdecia was previous noticed by her mom and dad on Sept. 24. (WPLG)

In accordance to the arrest report, when police questioned Pierson all over again, he admitted to killing Verdecia by stabbing her 2 times in the neck and as soon as in each eye with a screwdriver, but he claimed it was in self-protection. He also admitted to dumping her human body in the canal and making an attempt to weigh it down with rocks, for each the report.

Investigators decided that primarily based on the way she was killed, and the size distinction concerning the two (Pierson is 6-foot-8 and weighs 240 lbs. although Verdecia was 5-foot-7 and weighed 160 lbs.), Pierson intended to conclusion her everyday living.

He was arrested on Saturday on a demand of Initially Degree Murder and booked into the Broward County Most important Jail.

Surveillance video shows Erika Verdecia receiving into Pierson’s truck the 7 days of the disappearance.

“She didn’t know she was with a killer,” Carmen Verdecia claimed. “I do not know how she met him.”


The spouse and children claimed they want justice not only for their daughter, but Pierson’s other victims.

“We are likely to do all the things we have to so the (health care provider) can convey to me why my daughter is useless (and) why they let a killer out,” Carmen Verdecia reported.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of Erika Verdecia.

It can be uncovered by clicking or tapping here.

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