Police are investigating a possible link between eight bodies found recently on a New York beach and the 2006 murders of four prostitutes in Atlantic City, N.J., the New York Post reports.
The Post report cited new information that one of the victims killed in 2006 by a suspected Atlantic City serial killer spent five weeks with her husband on Long Island shortly before disappearing. Eight bodies have been found in recent months along a remote Long Island beach highway.
"The Atlantic County prosecutor's office has been in contact with Suffolk County police," Madelaine Vitale, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic County prosecutor, told FoxNews.com. "The case is an open and active investigation."
The newspaper also reported Friday that police were eyeing a possible suspect in the Long Island murders, though a Suffolk County Police spokesman would not confirm that report in an interview with FoxNews.com.
Cops accidentally discovered the bodies of four women near a Suffolk County beach last December while investigating the disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old New Jersey woman who worked as an escort. Police uncovered the remains of a fifth body last week about a mile from where the first four were found, and on Monday they said they had found the remains of three more people.
Police have not identified any of the most recent victims and have not definitively linked them to the remains found in December. None of the remains found so far belong to Gilbert.
There have been no developments in the unsolved prostitute homicides near Atlantic City since the bodies began appearing on Long Island last year, Vitale told the New York Post.
Gilbert was last seen last spring in Oak Beach, near where the latest remains were discovered, after apparently meeting a client she had booked through Craigslist. Authorities quickly ruled out Gilbert as any of the eight victims because of forensic evidence they had on file in her case.
The bodies of four other prostitutes, all of whom advertised their services on Craigslist and were in their 20s, were found along the same highway by police searching for Gilbert in December. They were found amid a 4-foot-tall tangle of sea grass punctuated by scrubby pine trees. Authorities have identified them as Amber Lynn Costello, 27, originally of Wilmington, N.C.; Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 28, of Norwich, Conn.; and Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Buffalo, N.Y.
The Suffolk County Police Department is spearheading the investigation and the FBI has not gotten involved, according to Tim Flannelly, media spokesperson for the FBI's New York field office.
Detectives wrapped up a four-day search Thursday of a seven-mile stretch of the road leading to the Long Island beach. Authorities in neighboring Nassau County are preparing to pick up the search in their jurisdiction next week.
Detectives suspect a serial killer but have not announced any suspects in the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.