A jogger discovered a dead body in the woods in Manorville Hills County Park on Wednesday, the second such find in a month in an area where at least four victims of unsolved murders have been found over the past decade, Suffolk County police said.
No details were immediately available about the condition or even the gender of the latest body. The remains were taken to the county medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.A police spokeswoman said the remains were found near Route 111 and Oceanview Boulevard. The area is a few miles down the road from where a man walking his dog discovered human skeletal remains in the woods off Wading River Road along a trail behind his house on Feb. 17.
The spokeswoman said there are no new updates in that case. Police believe the remains to have been there about five years.
Both discoveries were made not far from Halsey Manor Road, where a woman police have dubbed Jane Doe No. 6 was found dead in 2000 and slain 20-year-old prostitute Jessica Taylor was found three years later, days after she went missing from Manhattan.
An unidentified man was found dead not far from those Pine Barrens Region dump sites four days after Jane Doe No. 6 was discovered. Another unidentified man was found in the same area off of the Long Island Expressway in November 2003, several months after Taylor was found.
The heads and some dismembered limbs of the two women were found last year 45 miles away on Jones Beach Island along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach, where four online escorts believed to be the victim of a serial killer were found in December 2010.
To date, police have found 10 bodies along that barrier beach roadway: Eight women, a man and a female toddler. Only Taylor and the four women found at Gilgo have been identified. Police believe multiple killers to be responsible for the deaths.
Homicide Squad detectives and personnel from the Suffolk County Crime Lab are continuing the investigation into the latest find.
There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Long Island Serial Killer case, the highest sum offered in Suffolk history. Those with information can call Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6396, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-8477, text tips anonymously by texting “SCPD” to “CRIMES” (274637) or email information via www.tipsubmit.com/