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Long Island serial killer? Cops may have suspect, says report

Emergency personnel and cadaver dog search the thick brush on the side of the road near Oak Beach, N.Y., Monday, April 4, 2011. Searchers perched in fire truck bucket ladders Monday scanned dense, tick-infested undergrowth Monday in a search for more victims of a possible serial killer near where five sets of human remains have been found. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Long Island serial killer? Cops have suspect, says report
Oak Beach, N.Y.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

(CBS/WCBS/AP) OAK BEACH, N.Y. - Police may have a suspect in their sights in the case of the possible Long Island serial killer. 

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Although he refused to elaborate, a law enforcement source told the New York Post that investigators are "looking at somebody."

Authorities have been looking for a possible serial killer responsible for the deaths of eight victims whose bodies were recovered on a Long Island beach, east of New York City.

The killer may be responsible for more deaths than the eight on Long Island, reports CBS affiliate WCBS. According to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, investigators are considering a connection between the Long Island killings and the murders four of Atlantic City prostitutes, whose bodies were found in 2006.

"That is certainly part of the investigation," Dormer said.

The four women identified in the Long Island case advertised as prostitutes on Craigslist. The remains were discovered over the course of 4 months in a remote and overgrown area of a Long Island barrier island.

Even as they consider new leads, investigators are extending their search from Suffolk County into neighboring Nassau County. Police are looking for additional remains and any sign of Shannan Gilbert, whose disappearance sparked the search that has led to the discovery of the bodies.

Complete Coverage of the Long Island murders on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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