Police scour FBI photos for suspected serial killer

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 2:51 PM

By Aman Ali

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police on Tuesday analyzed FBI evidence gathered from an extensive air search of Long Island beaches in a push to catch a suspected serial killer of as many as 10 people.

The FBI and authorities in Suffolk and Nassau counties have combed more than a dozen areas for evidence by land, water and air after two sets of human remains were found in the area last week. Police have found eight more bodies in the area since December 2010 in cases they think are related.

The FBI sent a Blackhawk helicopter to photograph items of interest in the area Monday and said on Tuesday the search had concluded.

Police in Suffolk and Nassau counties said they were analyzing evidence in the case including photographs the FBI chopper took of the area.

"We're not doing anything further until we analyze the data from the FBI," said Lieutenant Kevin Smith of Nassau County police. "For now, they'll be no foot search until we get some additional information."

Suffolk County police said they plan to send dive teams into Long Island's waters to look for evidence later this week.

Police say the suspected serial killer preyed on prostitutes advertising on Craigslist. Four of the bodies, identified as Craigslist escorts, were found wrapped in burlap. The other bodies were not.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)