Divers Return to Oak Beach in L.I. Remains Search - NBC New York

Divers Return to Oak Beach in L.I. Remains Search



    See raw video of police divers searching the water near Hemlock Cove for more victims of a possible serial killer. Ten sets of human remains have been found nearby in the last few months. (Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011)

    Police divers returned Wednesday to search the water near Oak Beach where a 24-year-old missing sex worker from Jersey City was last seen as they continue their ongoing investigation into a possible Long Island serial killer.

    The search wrapped up by midafternoon, with nothing found, police said.

    Ten sets of human remains have been discovered scattered across the 15-mile barrier island since late last year. Four of the sets of skeletal remains, all identified as prostitutes who posted ads on Craigslist, were found wrapped in burlap sacks in December.

    The other grisly findings have been made in the last few weeks. None of those sets of remains has been publicly identified.

    Last week, Suffolk police conducted two dives at Hemlock Cove near the area where Shannan Gilbert, the missing New Jersey woman who sparked the initial search, was last seen on May 1, 2010.

    The dives did not turn up any additional evidence connected to the ongoing investigation. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the decision to send divers back to the water today.

    Earlier this week, an FBI helicopter using high-tech imaging equipment returned to the skies to assist in the search from above. The federal Black Hawk helicopter scoured the terrain along Oak Beach and Cedar Beach for hours Monday morning and completed its search at about 1 p.m.

    No information about what, if anything, they discovered has been released.