GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (WPIX)—Suffolk County authorities believe they may have a serial murderer on the loose following the discovery of four corpses in just three days along a coastal area of Long Island. On Wednesday, all the bodies were determined to be female.
"We could have a serial killer," Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told reporters at a press conference Tuesday, a day after three of the decomposed bodies were found in Oak Beach, one of the many barrier islands between Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
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The first body was found Saturday near Ocean Parkway by a K-9 unit that was busy searching for a 24-year-old woman who disappeared in May, as part of a training exercise.
Investigators returned to the area Monday and uncovered a second body in the early afternoon. Several hours later they uncovered two more bodies, all in various states of decay. Two of the bodies were reportedly wrapped in burlap sacks.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that four bodies ended up in this area," Dormer said, adding to the theory that the abandoned corpses may all have been dumped by the same person or persons.
Investigators quickly identified two bodies as female, but had a harder time determining the genders of the other two victims as their corpses were in the late stages of decomposition, officials said. All the victims were later identified as women.
Suffolk County detectives have also been searching for a Maine woman who went missing in June. She was working as an escort and was last seen at a Hauppague hotel, where she was staying with her boyfriend.
None of the victims' identities have been released as the investigation is ongoing.
The gruesome discoveries have lead law enforcement to draw comparisons to a four-year-old case in New Jersey in which four prostitutes' bodies were discovered near Atlantic City, about a mile from the beach.
The bodies of Kim Raffo, Tracy Ann Roberts, Barbara V. Breidor and Molly Jean Dilts were found in November 2006 in a drainage ditch behind Black Horse Pike motel in Egg Harbor Township.
They all were discovered barefoot and lying facedown in a line with their heads pointing towards Atlantic City. The case is still open and unsolved on the womens' killings.
Parallelisms between the two cases are also fueled with reports that the four bodies found in Long Island were found barefoot, buried equidistant from each other and facing east, toward the ocean.