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Gilgo Beach murders: Body count on LI beaches climbing

The Long Island body count is growing. Two more sets of human remains were found deep in the brush of Ocean Parkway yesterday afternoon. They are the ninth and possibly 10th bodies found in a search for victims of an alleged serial killer.

“Two sets of human remains were found in two separate locations; one appeared to be a human skull,” Nassau Lt. Kevin Smith told Metro. “We don’t know if it’s one body or two separate bodies. That must be determined by the medical examiner’s office.”

The first set of remains were found one mile west of the entrance to Tobay Beach, 100 feet deep into the brush on the north side of Ocean Parkway. The second set was also found on the north side of Ocean Parkway, 40 feet deep into the brush, said Nassau County police.

More than 100 members of the Nassau, Suffolk and New York State police will resume their search today of 550 acres along Ocean Parkway. Some police even searched the rugged terrain on horseback yesterday. Local fire departments sent ladder and bucket trucks to assist in the search. Police canines are also being used.

“We want to bring to justice the animal who has obviously taken the lives of a number of people,” said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at a news conference held at the search site yesterday.

Several sets of animal remains were found yesterday, but not investigated. They could be the decomposed remains of abandoned pets, said police, as the search area encompasses a wildlife sanctuary.

Manhattan DA’s office wants to help

A source at the Manhattan district attorney’s office said they would
like to help Nassau and Suffolk counties with the search, but have not
yet been contacted by Long Island authorities.

–Mark Ovaska contributed to this story.

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