Police found a ninth set of remains and a skull along a string of beaches in Long Island's South Shore yesterday. The skull was found on the outskirts of a bird sanctuary in Tobay Beach close to Jones Beach State Park. A cadaver dog found the remains a mile and a half away. Both are believed to be human, and possibly the ninth and tenth victims of a serial killer suspected of murdering prostitutes. If the cops' single-killer theory is correct, it would be one of the biggest cases in New York since "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz was convicted of six murders in 1977 and Joel Rifkin, who confessed to seventeen slayings after being arrested in 1993.
All of the remains have been found on the north side of Ocean Parkway, obscured from view in the shoulder-high brush. The eight bodies previously discovered were in different stages of decomposition, including one that could have been there for up to two years. Future searches are an ongoing possibility as police have yet to find Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old prostitute who disappeared last May and prompted the hunt in the first place.