OAK BEACH, NY (WPIX)—Police suspect a serial killer may be behind the mystery of the 'Gilgo Beach Bodies,' and families with missing daughters are now waiting anxiously for forensic investigations to reveal the identities of the dead.
One mother from Maine is waiting to find out if her missing daughter, Megan Waterman, is among the bodies found. Waterman vanished from the area in June. Her mother, Lorraine Ela, says she's still hopeful her daughter is alive.
Megan Waterman reportedly was drawn to Long Island by a response to an escort ad posted on Craigslist.
Police found the Gilgo Beach bodies while searching for Shannan Gilbert from New Jersey. She also posted a Craigslist ad. Gilbert was reportedly last seen May 1st running down a residential street not far from where the Gilgo Beach bodies were found, only to vanish.
The Gilgo Beach bodies discovery immediately drew comparisons to another grisly crime near Atlantic City, New Jersey. Four women were found in a muddy drainage ditch behind a row of seedy motels in an area known for drugs and prostitution. Found decomposing, they were barefoot and faced down with their heads pointed toward Atlantic City casinos.
Tonight the local prosecutor's office emailed PIX 11 this statement: "We are continuing to investigate the murders of the four women found dead in November 2006...we have been in contact with authorities in Suffolk County, New York...it would not be fair for us to comment on their investigation."