Serial Killer: More human remains, including skull, found on Long Island
LONG ISLAND, New York — The search for a serial killer in the Long Island, New York area has intensified as two more sets of human remains were found Monday.
ABC’s Good Morning America reports that police are narrowing in on several persons of interest.
More human remains were found on Monday, not far from where eight others were found in December and earlier this month.
Police believe the killer may actually be living a normal life in the Long Island area.
Searchers face difficult search conditions as they press forward to try to uncover if there are more bodies in the area. They are dealing with thick brush, poison ivy, and ticks. GMA reports it’s a great place to dump human bodies.
In December police were looking for one woman – 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert – who went missing last May.
They gave up searching due to weather conditions when one lone officer went to the area to train a cadaver dog. It was this officer who made the gruesome discovery of human remains.
Police at that time found a total of four sets of human remains, including the one found by the officer training his dog.
All four were prostitutes who advertised their services on Craigslist. Families are coming forward stating their loved ones were strangled. All of their bodies were buried and wrapped in burlap, IrishCentral.com reports.
The women found were identified by police as Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amanda Costello, and Melissa Barthelemy.
According to the New York Post the mothers of two of the women found in December, Lorraine Ela and Lynn Barthelemy, have received the death certificates for their daughters. The certificates confirmed that the women died of “homicidal asphyxia” or strangulation.
Another four sets of human remains were found last week. Those remains have not yet been identified, though police say they are not those of Shannan. They have her DNA so they can quickly rule her out. Police now say among the four sets of remains found last week, one belongs to a young child.
It was reported that some prostitutes who have young children are sometimes forced to bring them along when responding to calls.
ABC News reports, “It’s not uncommon that these women have children. Did he get into a situation with one of them that her child was and so he just disposed of the child as another witness,” ABC News consultant and former FBI investigator Brad Garrett said.
As of Monday police said a human skull found brings the total to nine sets of human remains found since December. Others predict that number could be higher.
IrishCentral.com also reports that in 2006 the bodies of four prostitutes were found floating face-down in a drainage ditch behind Golden Key Motel in West Atlantic City.
The women killed were Barbara Breidor, 42, Molly Jean Dilts, 20, Kim Raffao, 35, and Tracy Ann Roberts, 23. Their murderer was never found.
Two of the women were strangled and the cause of death of the other two could not be established because they had been in the water too long.
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