Police are now "convinced" that the four bodies found on Gilgo State Beach last December are the work of one killer, while the additional bodies found this year appear to be the work of a different killer, or killers, the Suffolk County DA said today [sub req'd]. "It is clear that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time," Suffolk DA Thomas Spota said in a statement. "As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer."
So who do the other bodies belong to? One set has been identified as being a former Washington, D.C., and Manhattan prostitute name Jessica Taylor whose body was found in 2003 in Manorville with her head, hands and forearm missing. Her missing parts were found on Ocean Parkway on March 29. Another woman's head, hands and right foot were found on the same strip on April 4, and police have matched that by DNA to the body of an unidentified woman also found in Manorville in 2000. Police are investigating if the cases may be linked, but say they are definitely not related to the four bodies found in December.
As for the other two bodies, one has been identified as belonging to an Asian male in his "late teens or early 20s" whose death was "radically different" from the others and is therefore not thought to be related. Finally, the small body has been identified as a female betwen 18 and 24 months of age. It has not yet been determined if she was the victim of a homicide.
Considering the differences between the sets of bodies that were announced when the bodies were found this revelations isn't exactly surprising, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing. We knew Ocean Parkway was a desolate road—but jeez!
Police in multiple counties, along with the FBI, are continuing to investigate all of the bodies found on the beach, but if they have any suspects in any of the cases they are keeping them close to their vests.