As Suffolk County police announced plans yesterday to widen their search for additional victims of a potential serial killer into Nassau County, the families of the four slain women whose bodies were found in December are planning a candlelight vigil on Gilgo Beach on June 11.
Lorraine Ela, the mother of Megan Waterman, chose the date. Maine resident Waterman, 22, disappeared from a Hauppauge Holiday Inn Express on June 6, 2010. Her remains were found buried in a shallow grave, next to three other dead women, in December.
The friends and family of Maureen-Brainard Barnes, Melissa Barthlemy and Amber Lynn Costello will join Ela in June. The remains of four new bodies were found this month and have not yet been identified.
The vigil is open to the public.
The families hope the vigil will raise awareness of the murders and the fact that a serial killer remains on the loose.
Cops explore AC?link in deaths
Suffolk police are probing a new link between the eight dead bodies found at Gilgo Beach and a similar murder scene in Atlantic City in 2006. Kim Raffo, a victim of the suspected Atlantic City killer, visited Long Island shortly before she vanished, reports the Post. –Carly Baldwin/Metro