Search for LI Bodies to Resume Monday

Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT
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Search for LI Bodies to Resume Monday

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The search for human remains on a Long Island beach will continue Monday.

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The search for bodies along the remote Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach areas on Long Island will continue on Monday, police said.

A Marine bureau officer discovered human remains on Tuesday just west of Cedar Beach, near the area where the bodies of four prostitutes were found late last year, according to Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

Homicide detectives are still investigating the deaths of four women whose bodies were found in December.

Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn., Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Erie County, N.Y., Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, and Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine, all went missing after responding to ads on Craigslist.

Investigators believe that the killings are linked. The discovery of the remains on Tuesday could lead to new leads into the killings of all the victims, said Dormer on Wednesday.

Identifying the latest remains could take up to a month or longer, according to officials.

A widespread search of the 7.5-mile area will resume on Monday. Ocean Parkway westbound will be closed from the Captree Bridge to Tobay Beach from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Detectives ask anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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