In their continued hunt for human remains along the barrier beaches of Ocean Parkway, police are now searching underwater.
The Suffolk County Police Department’s dive team will begin searching the waterways today on the north side of the barrier beach, police said. Officials assessed water conditions along the Great South Bay near Oak Island yesterday.
“The waterways have been searched before,” said a Suffolk County Police Department spokeswoman. “But we want to be as thorough as possible. The investigation so far has been for human remains, so it’s safe to assume that’s what the dive team is searching for.”
According to a published report, one of the two sets of human remains found Monday is a leg bone and the other is a female skull, leading some to speculate that the woman may have been dismembered.
Police have not yet been able to determine if the body parts came from two different people, or the same person.
“You can tell that a skull is a male or female by the prominence of certain parts of the skull,” the former chief medical examiner of New York City, Michael Baden, told Metro. Baden identified 9/11 remains and worked on the Joel Rifkin serial killer case, but is not working on this particular case.
“The bone just above the eyebrow is bigger and thicker in a man than in a woman and chin bones are more prominent in men than women,”?he said.
Change in her plans?
Prostitute Megan Waterman, 22, was identified as one of the original four bodies found on Gilgo Beach. Scarborough, Maine, Detective Don Blatchford, who worked on her case, told Metro that cops are exploring the possibility that Waterman may have been enticed to work for another pimp or another group once she arrived on Long Island from Maine.
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