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More bodies found in New York

Friday 8 April 2011, 01:34AM


Investigators scouring dense undergrowth for victims of a suspected serial killer along a remote New York beach area found three more sets of remains on Tuesday, authorities said, bringing the total number of bodies to eight.

The new remains are in addition to a set found last week along a highway leading to popular Jones Beach, about 72km east of New York City.

That victim has not been identified, and police have not positively connected it to the bodies of four prostitutes found nearby in December.

Police searching on foot and from above in helicopters and fire truck buckets found the latest three sets of remains as they scoured tick-infested underbrush and evergreens on the barrier island south of Long Island, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said.

They also used cadaver dogs, police academy cadets, detectives and volunteer fire-fighters. A search was expected to resume on Wednesday.

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The four dead prostitutes were found in December in the area, a one-metre-tall tangle of sea grass punctuated by scrubby pine trees.

Authorities have identified those four as Amber Lynn Costello, 27, originally of Wilmington, NC; Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 28, of Norwich, Conn; and Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Buffalo, NY.

Police suspect a serial killer but so far have no suspects.

It took more than a month to identify the four women found in December. The New York City medical examiner's office is helping Suffolk County officials investigate the latest discovery.

The latest discovery was about a mile east of where the other four were found. The four dead women's remains were strewn about 500 metres apart.


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