Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota released this map today of where the ten sets of human remains have been found on Gilgo Beach and other barrier beaches on Long Island.
Police found the first four bodies in December and earlier this year near Gilgo Beach. Those women, all prostitutes, have been identified as Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27.
In March, police extended the search further south and discovered six new sets of human remains.
Just today people were able to identify some of the remains as belonging to two bodies of two missing woman who were buried in the area in 2000 and 2003. One of them is Jessica Taylor, who worked as a prostitute. Her body was found decapitated, without a head, hands and forearm, in Manorville on July 26, 2003.
On 29 of this
year police search team members recovered the head, hands and forearm of
Jessica Taylor along Ocean Parkway, said DA Spota.
Another woman was found buried on November 19, 2000 in Manorville, District Attorney, also similarly dismembered.
Spota said the head, right foot and hands of this victim were
discovered by searchers along Ocean Parkway on April 4, 2011.
Spota said the “manner of disposal” of her body is
similar to Jessica Taylor and “distinctly dissimilar to the four
identified Gilgo victims," meaning a second serial killer is using the area as a dumping ground.
And even a third killer may also be using the area to dispose of remains.
The remains of a person discovered April 4 along Ocean Parkway are those of an Asian male in his late teens or early
20s, said officials. District Attorney Spota said although there are indications he
died a violent death, “the cause of death is radically different from
all of the other remains found to date”.
The skeletal remains of a toddler, believed to be a female, were also found on
April 14. The girl is approximately 18
to 24 months and her body was wrapped in a blanket and has no apparent signs of
injury or trauma. The cause of death has not yet been determined.