New details have been confirmed Thursday regarding the two most recent bodies found in Manorville.
At a press conference from Police Headquarters in Yaphank, Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick confirmed that the body found on February 17 off North Street in Manorville is that of a male and has been there for at least five years, at the very minimum, calling it a “conservative guess.”
Fitzpatrick said this body is not believed to be related to a body found a few miles away off Oceanview Boulevard in Manorville on Tuesday and called the sites “two distinct dumping grounds.”
“They are both remote,” he said. “If you are looking to dump a body, you are going to go to a remote area.”
The unidentified body was found by a jogger Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., according to Fitzpatrick and was determined by the medical examiner to be that of a female. The body is currently at the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office undergoing an autopsy.
The body is believed to have been there for a short time–not years, but months.
“Beyond that we don’t have much,” said Fitzpatrick, who added that there was no attempt to conceal or bury either of the bodies.
“You just have to get over the first ridge line to be out of sight,” he said. “It’s not hard to hide a body there.”
Fitzpatrick urged the public not to assume connections between the Gilgo murders and these two recent bodies found in Manorville, and said there were no immediate plans to form an extensive search of the Pine Barrens, where at least four victims of unsolved murders have been found over the past decade.
“I think what we need to find out about this case at hand– is it criminal?,” he said. “Until that is determined, we cannot determine the next step.”
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.
With Rashed Mian