Four bodies have been found in a wooded area in Brentwood, Long Island in a week, and police combed the area on Thursday looking for others.
Police—some armed with shovels—are searching the site of an abandoned hospital, Pilgrim State Hospital on Crooked Hill Road.
"We are scouring that area because we found two skeletal remains in that general area and we're going to do our due diligence," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, ABC7 New York reported.
First set of skeletal remains found Friday in Brentwood ID'ed as 19 year old Oscar Acosta, missing since April. pic.twitter.com/waSt3WK3nY— Jennifer Lahmers (@JennLahmers) September 21, 2016
The two sets of remains and the bodies of two girls have all been determined to belong to teenagers, reports said.
The remains discovered on Wednesday have not yet been identified.
Nisa Mikens was killed last week on the eve of her 16th birthday near Ray Court in Brentwood. The body of her friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, was found in a wooded area 20 hours later. Both girls had been badly beaten.
An alleged gang member is in custody. Police believe thedeaths of Mikens and Cuevascould be gang-related, according to reports.
Acosta, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador three years ago, expressed concern about local gangs, his mom said, but she said he was not involved with gangs, NBC4 reported.
"We will stop at nothing to ensure the safety the people in Brentwood and in all communities of Suffolk County," Sini said, ABC7 reported.
The wooded area is part of an industrial part of Brentwood. A warehouse sits in front of the wooded area.
“It’s terrible, terrible right now, you know,” one employee said, CBS2 reported. “I feel sorry for the family.”