The mystery surrounding the Gilgo Beach serial killer deepened yesterday, with new revelations that a man who may have worked as a prostitute was buried among the dead.
In a desperate hope to catch the serial killer or killers using Long Island barrier beaches as a dumping ground for dead bodies, police released sketches yesterday of two of the victims. One of the victims is a woman with long hair, whom police are calling Jane Doe No. 6. Parts of her body were found this April off Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County and were matched by investigators to dismembered remains found about 30 miles away back in 2000.
Also found buried along Ocean Parkway this April were the remains of an Asian man. Authorities said the man likely worked as a prostitute, adding that his body was discovered in women’s clothing.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said he is hopeful someone will recognize either of the two and contact police.
So far, the remains of 10 bodies have been recovered at beaches in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Eight women, one man, and the remains of a toddler have been found. Police think the toddler may be the child of one of the dead women.
At least five of the dead women worked as prostitutes, leading police to suspect they are searching for a killer who targeted prostitutes who advertised on Craigslist.
The 10 victims
Police suspect a serial killer or killers murdered 10 people, whose remains were found on isolated Long Island beaches.
An Asian man (pictured above), between 17 and 23, was found in April in Suffolk County and may have died as many as 10 years ago.
A woman (also pictured above), 18-35, whose dismembered body parts were found in April and in 2000.
A toddler, found next to Jane Doe No. 6, was linked to the DNA of a woman found in Nassau County.
Megan Waterman, 22, a Maine resident and prostitute, was found in December.
Bronx resident Melissa Barthelemy’s body was found in December.
The body of Connecticut resident Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, was found in December.
Long Islander Amber Costello, 27, was found in December near Ocean Parkway.
Jessica Taylor, 20, was identified after body parts found in March matched her torso, found in 2003.
State police recovered the remains of a woman in Nassau County, who may be the child’s mother. She was found seven miles away from the child’s body.
Remains found in Nassau County in 1996 were linked to recent remains. Police are working on a third sketch of this victim.
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