Officials: Reported cop-Gilgo link false

Police recover a shoe where a skull had

Police recover a shoe where a skull had been found along the north side of Ocean Parkway on Long Island's South Shore. (April 22, 2011) (Credit: James Carbone)

The NYPD Sunday disputed a report that a current and former officer were under suspicion in the Gilgo Beach killings.

The New York Post reported in Sunday's editions that, according to unnamed sources, authorities were looking at the activities of the two men, who both were disciplined for behavior with prostitutes. Five of the 10 sets of human remains found in the Gilgo Beach area were female victims who worked as prostitutes.

The Post reported one of the officers was forced to resign after internal affairs discovered he was seeing prostitutes while on duty. The current officer, the Post reported, was stripped of his gun and badge after a prostitute accused him of assaulting her during a sting operation.

"No NYPD officer has been identified as a suspect," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. "I have no information that an individual who retired 20 years ago is a suspect either."

A spokesman for the New York Post did not immediately return a phone call last night.

Suffolk police declined to comment Sunday. Browne told Newsday the NYPD's internal affairs unit had spoken with Suffolk investigators and were told, he said, "that the Post article was untrue."

The first four bodies were found on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13 in the brush off Ocean Parkway near Gilgo. Six more sets of human remains were found nearby in March and April.

Authorities said they believe at least three killers have used the area as a dumping ground and that similarities among the first four victims found suggest a serial killer was at work.

With Andrew Strickler

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