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Possible 5th Body Found Near Gilgo Beach


Police suspect a serial killer dumped the bodies of four prostitutes whose remains were found on Ocean Parkway in December. Suffolk County police said Tuesday that they may have discovered a fifth set of human remains.

Suffolk County police officers have reportedly found possible human remains Tuesday after resuming the search for the New Jersey prostitute who was last seen in Oak Beach near where the remains of four online escorts were found in December.

A police spokeswoman had said that investigators were “continuing to search for evidence in the missing persons case of Shannan Gilbert.” The new remains have reportedly yet to be identified.


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A K-9 officer and his dog were searching for the 24-year-old Jersey City woman when they happened upon the skeletal remains of one woman in Gilgo Beach late last year. Two days later, police found nearby three more dead women in their 20s, leading police to believe a serial killer may be responsible.

Gilbert’s body was quickly ruled out as among the original remains. She was last seen screaming and running into the brush May 1, 2010 after meeting a client about three miles east of where the bodies were found.

Helicopters and dogs were assisting with the search on the barrier beach east of Jones Beach.

No suspects have been identified in the deaths of the women.

Long Island’s Other Serial Killer

The four victims were identified as:

Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn., last seen on July 9, 2007 in Manhattan.

Melissa Barthelemy, 24, last seen on July 12, 2009 in her hometown, the Bronx.

Megan Waterman, 22, of Portland, Maine, last seen at a Hauppauge hotel on June 6,
2010.

Amber Lynn Costello, 27, last seen on Sept. 2, 2010 in her hometown, North Babylon.  She was never reported missing.

With Associated Press.

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