Fla. man charged in friend’s death; remains were found in 2 counties

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A traveler to South Florida from the Dominican Republic never made his return flight to that country because police say he was killed by a friend.

Jamie Marlon Saffran, 51, of Davie was arrested Tuesday and is being held without bond in Broward County Jail after being charged with murder. He made no comment after his arrest, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit.

Over three days in November, the victim’s body parts were found near canals in two Broward County cities and in Miami-Dade County. Fort Lauderdale Detective Travis Mandell said DNA tests verified that the remains all came from the same body.

Police cannot release the victim’s identity because family members have not been contacted, Mandell said.

On Wednesday, investigators described evidence that ranges from a blood-stained sledge hammer to $1,098 in alleged credit card fraud, foliage, a cell phone call, bags of concrete and blue rope in the ongoing investigation of Saffran.

A married father of a college-aged daughter, court records show that the home owned by Saffran and his wife Fatima Saffran on the 6400 block of Southwest 57th Street was foreclosed upon in September. He owes $552,000 for a mortgage, taxes and foreclosure fees on the property that is scheduled for public auction in January.

Fort Lauderdale police aren’t saying what exactly led them to arrest Saffran, whose friend died between Nov. 2 and Nov. 5. They have also not described a motive for the murder.

Three days later after the traveler’s death, his MasterCard credit card was used to purchase tires for a red Jeep from Fuzzy’s Tire Center in Plantation for $379.21. Police say an employee identified Saffran as the customer in a photo lineup, and that he owns a 2002 red Jeep.

The dead man’s credit card was used again Nov. 15, for a $719.62 payment to Florida Atlantic University on behalf of Saffran’s daughter, Jamie Carolina Saffran, according to the affidavit.

The traveler was identified from a finger print, and the affidavit says Saffran told police the victim was a “friend of many years” who used Saffran’s Davie address to receive mail.

An American Airlines travel document was found with the victim’s torso, and police say he had entered the United States through Miami International Airport on Nov. 2.