Suffolk County Police Getting Tips In L.I. Serial Killer Case Since Releasing Sketches Of Victims
GARDEN CITY, NY (CBSNewYork) — There has been an increase in tips coming in to Suffolk County police since officials released new information in the search for a possible serial killer on Long Island.
On Tuesday, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer released composite drawings of two of the five unidentified persons whose body parts were recovered as well as photographs of jewelry and other items of interest found near the remains.
Dormer said seven of the 10 victims may have been prostitutes, including an Asian male believed to be between 17 and 23-years-old.
Police say 22 tips have come in since the sketches were released on Tuesday.
Using DNA testing, investigators were able to link a woman’s skull discovered in April near Jones Beach to two legs found in 1996 in Davis Park on Fire Island.
Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Jessica Taylor and Amber Lynn Costello are among the victims whose remains have been identified. Police say all five were working as escorts.
Among the unidentified victims is a female toddler, 18 to 24-months-old, who was found wrapped in a blanket along the highway.
Dormer said the toddler appeared to be the daughter of one of the unidentified women who was found seven miles away in Nassau County.
Meanwhile, at Suffolk County police headquarters in Yaphank, forensic artists are using the latest technology to try to put a face to the remaining unidentified victims.
Investigators believe a serial killer, or killers, murdered at least four of the victims.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $25,000.
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