More remains linked to Long Island serial killer
Published 13/04/2011 | 05:00
POLICE hunting a serial killer in Long Island New York have found suspected human remains in two locations along a remote beach highway.
The discovery would bring to 10 the number of potential victims of the killer.
The find came as police expanded a search from Long Island's Suffolk County westward into the Jones Beach area of Nassau County, just over the border from New York City.
Detective Lt Kevin Smith, a Nassau County police spokesman, said the two sets of remains found on Monday, were sent to the medical examiner's office to confirm whether they were human.
"It appears to be a skull, whether it is human or not, is unknown at this point," Detective Smith said of the suspected remains.
Earlier yesterday, Detective Smith sought to play down speculation of who may be responsible for the killings, because no suspect has been named.
"For anyone to come out and say a specific person, a specific occupation, or a specific type, I think, is unfair," he told reporters.
"I think it's mere suspicion, it's mere speculation. Right now it could be anybody.
The expanded search was prompted by Suffolk's discovery in the past two weeks of four sets of unidentified human remains; the bodies of four women who worked as Craigslist escorts were found in the same area in December, leading authorities to suspect that they may be contending with a serial killer.
Nassau police joined the search this week after Suffolk detectives found eight victims dumped just steps away from Ocean Parkway, a highway leading to the popular Jones Beach State Park.
Police in December were following up on the disappearance of a New Jersey woman, seen working as a Craigslist escort in the Long Island area last spring when they happened upon the first of the corpses. None of the victims, however, is 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert, whose disappearance remains an open case.
Detectives said it appeared some victims had been dead for a long time. The first of the four victims found late last year went missing in 2007; a second in 2009; and the remaining two in June and September of 2010.
Suffolk investigators ended a four-day search of an 11km stretch of Ocean Parkway last week. Approximately 125 officers from Nassau, as well as state police and state park police, took part in the Nassau search.
Detective Smith said officers might return to the beach to continue searching, although he said predictions of inclement weather could alter those plans.