At least a dozen law enforcement authorities descended on a Long Island marsh Wednesday after the FBI's gang task force found apparent human remains nearly a week after the body of a 16-year-old boy was found in a neighboring community.
Authorities set up two blue tents Wednesday at the nature preserve along the Great South Bay in Freeport. Some investigators wore white coveralls.
The discovery has prompted FBI and local police to start planning new digs at multiple sites in the area for more possible remains, law enforcement sources told News 4.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the plans.
While authorities have not officially confirmed the remains found Wednesday were human, the mother of a different teenager who went missing in the area told News 4 she got a call from an investigator who said they indeed belonged to a person.
That mother, Lilian Olivia, said she thought that the remains belong to her son, Kerin Olivia.
"I feel bad," the mother said in Spanish. "It's a pain in my heart to know that I am also waiting for an answer about my son."
She added, "it's not easy...knowing that my son disappeared and he may have been the victim of the gangs."
Neighbor Adam LaMonica said the park is family-friendly, used frequently for sports and is normally filled with kids and people walking their dogs.
"There is never any violence down here or anything, it's unusual for this part of Freeport," he said.
It's not clear if authorities believe the case of the unidentified remains found Wednesday could be linked to a grisly discovery in nearby Roosevelt last week. On Oct. 19, investigators acting on a tip from federal Homeland Security Investigations found the body of 16-year-old Angel Soler in a 27-acre woodlands. Soler had been reported missing in July.
Authorities have not commented on whether either case is linked to MS-13, which is blamed for 22 killings on Long Island since January 2016.