Officer Mallia and His Dog Blue Helped Discover the Serial Killer’s Victims

WANTAGH, NY - APRIL 11: Nassau County Police use a bucket lift at a crime scene where they found additional remains on Tuesday morning that have yet to be identified as human during a search on Jones Beach Island on April 11, 2011 in Nassau County, New York. Working on the theory that a single serial killer may be in the New York area, the police found three additional sets of human remains last Monday bringing the total number of bodies found in the area to eight. It is believed that most of the remains are female and that some of the women were working as prostitutes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/2011 Getty Images

The discovery of ten remains on Long Island's South Shore thought to be the victims of a serial killer or killers started with the search for 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert, a prostitute who disappeared last May. It was Officer John Mallia and his dog Blue, whom he trained as a puppy, that found the first body in the dense scrub brush of Ocean Parkway and four of the ten bodies after that. [NYT]