HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New details have emerged in the probe for a serial killer on Long Island.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Monday that as many as three killers are responsible for dumping bodies along Ocean Parkway.

Four bodies found in the Gilgo Beach area in December during the search for Shannan Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, who is still missing, appear to be the victims of the same killer, Spota said.

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A head and hands discovered in the months following the initial discovery have been identified as those of Jessica Taylor, 20. Taylor’s headless corpse was found in July 2003 in a wooded area in Manorville. She had been working as a prostitute prior to her disappearance.

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“It’s clear that whoever killed Ms. Taylor was intent on preventing her identity from being known, even going to great lengths to remove a tattoo,” Spota told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

In addition, Spota said a woman’s head, hands and right foot found along Ocean Parkway in April have been positively matched to the body of an unidentified woman also found in a wooded area in Manorville in 2000.

Spota said the two cases may be linked but they are not the same work of the killer of the four women discovered in December.

“The killer or killer of ‘Jane Doe’ went to great lengths to prevent identity of victim,” Spota said.

A female toddler, believed to be 18 to 24 months old, was also found, wrapped in a blanket, along the highway. It is unclear whether she was the victim of a homicide.

Spota also said that the body of a victim found in the area on April 4 is that of an Asian male believed to be in his late teens or early 20s. His death is not thought to be connected to the others.

Eight sets of remains have been found in Suffolk County and two sets were found in neighboring Nassau County since December.

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Spota said at least two suspects killed the eight people whose remains have been found in his jurisdiction, judging from the methods and circumstances of the crimes.

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“It is clear that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time,” Spota said. “As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer.”

Of the Suffolk County victims, four had been identified earlier — all of them prostitutes.

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Comments (20)
  1. Trishe says:

    They finally figure it out…the area is a dump for dead bodies. Sick..

  2. Frank Rizzo says:

    Why were there no security cameras there?!?!?? People please, HELLO! How about some common sense.

  3. Taquanna says:

    Long Island is full of white serial killers.

  4. Rufus says:

    Might want to concentrate on a loner, who is out late, in the neighborhood that the prostitutes worked. This person may have lived there since 1998, or longer. These bodies have dates back a ways, might be one of the local residents, or patrons. I would think go back 12 yrs, and put a minimum age of 20 then, you are looking for 42+ yr old.

    1. Rufus says:

      *make that 30+ yr old lone male……always could be gang/cult crimes, as well

  5. Judith Molina says:

    I think security cameras being up would’ve really helped. I think they are an asset in public places. They help keep us safer.

    1. Rufus says:

      It could be the work of one person, who tried another method for a while, then went back to his old style……..too many tv shows show people how not to execute a crime. . I dont buy into the idea of a criminal being smart…….you have to be stupid to do violent crimes. I would love to be able to track down dirt bag violent criminals.

  6. skel says:

    This is obviously a dumping ground for several killers. They feel comfortable because it’s desolate and poorly patroled. Just imagine what others surprises lurk along other desolate unsearched areas & highways like the Belt in brooklyn.

  7. flower says:

    Now it is several killers …who all decided ocean pkwy was a good place to leave remains???I can’t buy that…And that not all the bodies are related. I find it hard to believe that this is all a coincidence. The toddler had to be one of their kids. Can’t they install camera all over the place to see if there is anymore acitivity? I do think that two or more people that know eachother, can be doing this. The police need to find the common denominator with all the victims. Whoever is committing these murders, needs to be found and it may take a while to do so. People be careful.

    1. frogmosis says:

      i live about 12 miles away and the land that you feel should be survalenced is close to 200 acres of land,i think. thats alot of land and tax payers dollars,all a very good idea for a damn good cause but too much $ to cover even half or just the well populated areas.i also beleive that the baby was one of the four womens.one body was of a asian male late teens early 20’s. so we now know the killer is not just choosing prostitutes. always be observent and aware of your surrondinds at all times and a little self defense under your belt would’nt hurt either.

  8. Paul says:

    ”A female toddler, believed to be 18 to 24-months-old, was also found, wrapped in a blanket, along the highway. It is unclear whether she was the victim of a homicide.”

    Anybody else find that stupid? Unclear if she was the victim of a homicide??? A 24month old does not wake up one day and decide to go for a walk so she can kill herself!!

    1. sosmart says:

      I also agree and was thinking the same thing. The story makes the baby
      sound like some kind of after thought, something like “oh well, the child
      is not the victim of the serial killer” Well guess what, this is even more
      disturbing. Who killed and left the child on the side of the road? Does he
      police department even care, and are they giving this death priority????

    2. frogmosis says:

      Unclear if she was the victim of a homicide??? meaning they have no idea weather or not the toddler was killed or died from some other cause.it did sound kinda dumb the way that it was printed.

    3. Deb says:

      I agree, it is clearly a homicide

  9. brooklyn4ever says:

    Holy Cow. This is turning into some really weird, sick, stuff and is getting scarier by the minute. As if it were not bad enough before, now they are looking at 3 separate killers.

  10. Richard T. says:

    Scary stuff. Didn’t they just find all of those headless chickens out in Manorville lately?

  11. Anthony Pepe says:

    not so unbelievable. research how active satanic cults are in the world. human sacrifice on a beach is right up their alley

  12. togwoo says:

    Wow, sounds like they have their hands full. Dude clearly has some serious issues.


  13. Anne Hill says:

    seriously unbelievable.

  14. Steve says:


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