Police Find Human Remains
On Long Island Beach

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Bonnie M. Wells

Police resumed searching a Long Island beach Tuesday for Shannon Gilbert, 24, a New Jersey prostitute who disappeared after she visited a client nearby last May.

By Greg Cergol

Police on Tuesday night {3-29-11} located human remains on a Long Island beach where the bodies of several prostitutes were found, according to a source close to the investigation.

The remains were found near Oak Beach about a half mile away from the bodies found over the winter. It's still unclear whether the remains are male or female. At least three canine units, complete with dogs and Suffolk police officers, searched the brush along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach.

A mobile command post sat in a parking lot nearby and, according to observers, a police helicopter also scanned the area from the air.

Police resumed their search today in hopes of finding Shannon Gilbert, 24, a New Jersey prostitute who disappeared after she visited a client near Oak Beach last May.

"It's scary," said resident Tom Newman said of the police search. "Just across the street. It's not something you see every day."

Police were searching for Gilbert last year when they found the remains of four other women along the coast. Her remains were not among those four.

Investigators believe the bodies were systematically dumped over a period of 18 months or longer, and that the killings are linked.

The women's causes of death have yet to be revealed; but it's believed each was killed in the same way by the same person or persons, said Suffolk DA Thomas Spota at a January news conference.

"This fits the definition of what a serial killer would be," Spota added.

Back in January, Suffolk's police commissioner had promised to resume the search for Gilbert when spring weather arrived. It appeared investigators believe Gilbert's body may have been dumped here and are exhausting every opportunity to find her remains.

New York (CNN) -- Police say they have discovered more human remains on a Long Island, New York, beach near where the corpses of four women were discovered last year.

The remains of a fifth body were located west of Cedar Beach, Long Island, approximately one mile from where the other corpses were discovered in December, according to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

"There may be clues available now with this body that will help the homicide investigation and will help it move forward," Dormer said.

An investigation will be conducted to identify the remains.

Meanwhile, police say, the hunt for a potential serial killer continues, as does the search for Shannan Gilbert, 24, whose disappearance resulted in the finding of the other bodies within a quarter mile of each other.

The four bodies have since been identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Connecticut; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Erie County, New York; Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, New York; and Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine.

All four women found dead advertised for prostitution services on the website Craigslist, police said. The bodies were found in various stages of decomposition, and at least one could have been there for as long as two years, Dormer said.

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