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Body Search to Continue on Robert Moses Causeway


Authorities search in the brush by the side of the road at Cedar Beach, near Babylon, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The search will resume for more evidence in the case of 10 sets of human remains found along Ocean Parkway between December and April.


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Police will again comb the roadside brush along Robert Moses Causeway south of the main-span bridge in the Captree Island area starting 9 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators will be following up on areas of interest highlighted in aerial images taken by FBI aircraft in April.

New York State police will be coordinating the search efforts, which will require single-lane travel until the search concludes. Suffolk County police, the lead agency on the case, has said the first four women found late last year near Gilgo Beach appear to be victims of a serial killer.

Click here to read prior coverage of the Long Island serial killer investigation

Six more sets of remains were found in March and April—four between Oak Beach and the county line, two near Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach in neighboring Nassau County.

Suffolk authorities last month announced that only one of the latest sets of remains this spring have been identified: the head and dismembered limbs of Jessica Taylor, whose decapitated corpse was found in Manorville in 2003.

Another set of partial human remains found on the Suffolk half of the barrier beach belong to an unidentified woman’s mutilated body also found in Manorville in November 2000, authorities said.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota stressed that Taylor, who was last seen working as a prostitute in Manhattan, and the unidentified woman were dumped in a similar fashion that is “distinctly dissimilar to the four identified Gilgo victims,” who all had advertised as online escorts.

Also found on the Suffolk half of the island were the remains of a girl no more than 24-months old, wrapped in a blanket, and a man who forensic anthropologists believe are those of an Asian man in his teens or early 20s.

Nassau County police have not released any updates on the two sets of partial human skeletal remains found on their side of the island.

Identification of all 10 sets of remains is being undertaken by experts in the New York City medical examiner’s office.

Police made the initial discovery while searching for 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert of Jersey City, NJ, a prostitute who disappeared after meeting a client in Oak Beach in May 2010. She is still being sought.

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