Officials Search for Remains By Land, Sea, Air - NBC New York

Officials Search for Remains By Land, Sea, Air

Cadaver dogs and cops resumed ground search as FBI assisted in the air.



    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)

    Investigators hunting for possible serial killer victims searched on foot, underwater and by air on Thursday, including with aircraft using sophisticated aerial photography equipment.

    Officials wrapped up the search by mid-afternoon on the barrier island without finding any additional remains. Ten sets of human remains have been found along the remote shore since last December; six sets were found in recent weeks.

    The FBI joined the effort with its aerial imaging cameras. Police said it will be a week to 10 days before they will have results from the cameras.

    On the ground, state and local police, including cadaver dogs and their own helicopters, are scouring miles of tangled brush. Divers also searched the surrounding waters.   

    "We want to catch this guy," said State Police Capt. Louis Weber.

    More than a dozen specific areas of interest around Jones Beach were searched. 

    The first four bodies were discovered in December as police searched for a missing 24-year-old New Jersey woman, Shannan Gilbert.

    Four more were found in recent weeks, and then another two earlier this week.

    Only the first four bodies discovered late last year have been identified. They were all sex workers who advertised their services on Craigslist. Gilbert, also a prostitute, still has not been found.

    Police suspect a serial killer may be responsible for some of the deaths. No suspects have been identified.

    Suffolk County police have received 600 tips in connection with the investigation.