Police say bodies found in Long Island not tied to bodies found in 2006
LONG ISLAND, New York –– Police said Wednesday that the skeletal remains of eight bodies found on Long Island beach roadways, including those of four prostitutes found in December, bear no obvious connection to the bodies found near Atlantic City in 2006.
Suffolk County police commissioner Richard Dormer said Wednesday there were “items connected with the two cases” that indicated the same killer was not involved. He declined to provide further details.
Four sets of human remains were found in thick brush north of Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County last December.
Those have all been identified as prostitutes who advertised their services on Craigslist: Megan Waterman, 22; Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27 – all were dumped in burlap sacks.
Another set of four remains were found in recent weeks in two places in the dunes along the same road in Nassau County and have not yet been identified. So far there have been no links established between the four bodies found in December and the four bodies found over the past few weeks.
The four sets of bodies discovered in March and April had no burlap sacks and may have been left there years earlier.
Officials say increasing differences are emerging that set the two groups apart. Lt. Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Nassau County Police Department said it remains to be seen if the bones discovered in Nassau on Monday will turn out to be connected to those found in Suffolk.
“We don’t even have that it’s a criminal homicide at this point,” he said of the Nassau case. He noted there were a number of explanations that could account for the discovery of bones outside of a cemetery.
Police were searching for Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old prostitute who also advertised her services on Craigslist before she went missing on May 1.
Police were giving up the search in December due to incliment weather conditions. A lone officer who was training a cadaver dog stumbled upon a body, which led to the discovery of the four bodies last December.
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Source: NY Times