Long Island serial killer search targets aerial photo hot spots

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 10:53 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police on Long Island resumed on Tuesday their search for clues in the hunt for a possible serial killer, zeroing in on hot spots identified by aerial photographs taken by the FBI.

Since December, authorities have found 10 sets of human remains near Gilgo Beach on Long Island and have suspected some of them to be from victims of at least one serial killer preying on prostitutes who advertise on the Craigslist website.

State police told Reuters their search along the Robert Moses Causeway on Tuesday was prompted by recent aerial photographs taken by the FBI of the area. They would not say what was in the photographs.

Police suspect the bodies they have found are the work of more than one killer. The first four bodies, found in December 2010 and wrapped in burlap, were identified by police as Craigslist escorts.

The victim most recently found was Jessica Taylor, 20, of Washington, D.C., who police identified as a prostitute. Her torso was found in 2003 but her head, hands and forearm were found by police almost 30 miles away earlier this year.

Another victim found in recent months appeared to be a young Asian man who died a violent death and yet another body found was believed to be an infant about 18 to 24 months old, wrapped in a blanket.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)