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Published November 20, 2015
Searchers looking for more victims of a suspected serial killer along a remote New York beach area have now found a total of eight sets of human remains.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced Monday that the remains of three more people had been found on Long Island.
A spokeswoman with the Suffolk County Police Department told FoxNews.com that the remains were discovered Monday morning, while searchers climbed fire truck ladders to get aerial views of a dense thicket that stretches for miles along the highway that leads to Jones Beach.. The remains were found in an area between Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach, the spokeswoman said.
Five dead people were found previously along the same stretch of deserted ocean highway, about 45 miles east of New York City.
Authorities discovered the latest set of human remains while searching for missing online escort Shannan Gilbert, though police said later that Gilbert was not among the latest remains found.
Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, N.J., was last seen May 2010 in a shorefront community nearby. Police searching for her in December discovered the bodies of four women who advertised themselves as escorts on the Craigslist website.
The bodies, all wrapped in burlap bags, were identified as 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich, Conn.; 24-year-old Melissa Barthelmey, of Bronx, New York; 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello, of Long Island, N.Y.; and 22-year-old Megan Waterman of Maine. All four women were escorts who advertised themselves on Craigslist.
No suspects have been identified in the deaths of the women.
Police theorize a serial killer may have been responsible for the deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report