CENTRAL ISLIP, NY. -- A homicide investigation is underway after four males were found dead inside a Central Islip, New York park, reports CBS New York.
The bodies were discovered on Wednesday inside Long Island’s Recreation Village Town Park. Investigators have not divulged the ages or identities of the four people, but on Thursday afternoon Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters that “the manner in which they were killed is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13,” a notoriously brutal transnational gang with a heavy presence in Long Island.
Sini said that the department is offering a $25,000 “fast cash” reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the deaths.
“It’s all hands on deck until we solve these murders,” Sini said.
“The victims suffered significant trauma throughout their bodies and police investigators believe that the homicides occurred recently,” Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said.
Early Thursday morning, detectives reportedly emerged from the woods with what appeared to be an evidence bag.
Central Islip is just east of Brentwood, where two 16-year-old girls were found beaten to death in September. Subsequently, the bodies of three teen boys were found in the woods.
Investigators linked the murders to MS-13 gang members and arrested eight suspected gang members in March.