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Remains of 3 more are found in N.Y.

Associated Press / April 5, 2011

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OAK BEACH, N.Y. — Investigators scouring dense undergrowth for victims of a suspected serial killer along a remote beach area found three more sets of human remains yesterday, authorities said, bringing the total number of bodies to eight.

The new remains are in addition to a set found last week along a highway leading to popular Jones Beach, about 45 miles east of New York City.

That victim has not been identified, and police have not positively connected it to the bodies of four prostitutes found nearby in December.

Police searching on foot and from above in helicopters and firetruck buckets found the latest three sets of remains as they scoured tick-infested underbrush and evergreens on the barrier island south of Long Island, said Richard Dormer, the Suffolk County police commissioner.

They also used search dogs, police academy cadets, detectives, and volunteer firefighters. A search was expected to resume today.

The four dead prostitutes were found in December in the area, a 4-foot-tall tangle of sea grass punctuated by scrubby pine trees.

Authorities have identified those four as Amber Lynn Costello, 27, originally of Wilmington, N.C.; Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 28, of Norwich, Conn.; and Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Buffalo.

Authorities suspect a serial killer but have no suspects yet.

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