Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reward raised to $25,000 for info on killer behind bodies found on Long Island beach

Police have upped the reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of a killer using remote Long Island beaches as a dumping ground, officials said Thursday.
It's the largest reward ever offered by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers - underscoring the seriousness of the case.
"We believe there is information out there that could aid the police department in solving this case," said Crime Stoppers Board President Nick Amarr. "We are hoping this will give someone incentive to come forward."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-220-TIPS.
The grisly remains of 10 people have been found in recent months in the woods and dunes near Gilgo Beach.
Five have been identified as belonging to prostitutes, one was a baby girl and another an Asian man. Three others remain unidentified.
While cops have said that at least some of the dead were the victims of a serial killer, they have raised the possibility that more than one killer is at work.
Investigators made the first chilling discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap in December 2010.
They were later identified as Megan WatermanMaureen Brainard-BarnesMelissa Barthelemy and Amber Lynn Costello - all Craigslist prostitutes who disappeared in the last four years.
Further searches revealed the other remains.
One set was identified as Jessica Taylor, a prostitute who disappeared in 2003. Parts of her body had been discovered years earlier in Manorville, L.I.
A second set remains were also connected to others found in Manorville, but the female victim's identity remains undetermined.
Differences in how the victims were killed and how their bodies were disposed of have left investigators believing more than one killer may be responsibl

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