New Skull and Remains Found Could Also Be Victims of Long Island Serial Killer

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

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.

New Bones in Killing Probe [WSJ]
Serial killer probe finds what could 9th set of human remains [CNN]