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Multiple killers likely in Long Island murders, says new homicide chief

Victims, clockwise from from top left: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes CBS

Victims, clockwise from top left: The remains of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes were all found near the beach in Long Island
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(CBS/AP) YAPHANK, N.Y. - The new head of the Suffolk County police homicide unit says he believes that more than one killer is responsible for the 10 bodies found near Long Island's Gilgo Beach, reports CBS New York.

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Jack Fitzpatrick, who took over the squad on March 1, told Newsday that he has been looking over the evidence in the unsolved homicides and believes it is very unlikely that one person committed all 10 murders.

Police found the remains of eight women, a man and a toddler along Ocean Parkway. Five of the victims have been identified as women who police say worked as prostitutes. Police had speculated that the deaths were possibly the work of a serial killer.

In December, former police commissioner Richard Dormer said he believed the murders were the work of one person. His statements clashed with those of District Attorney Thomas Spota, who said he believes more than one killer was involved.

Fitzpatrick said they are open to all possibilities.

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