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Cops find 2 more vics in LI beach probe; total now 10



Investigators found the remains of two more people on a remote Long Island beach yesterday, bringing the number of possible victims of a suspected serial killer to 10.

The two new remains — including a human skull — were found after investigators expanded their search into Nassau County after four remains were found in Suffolk County during the last two weeks.

"We had eight sets out in Suffolk County already. We have two more now," Nassau police spokesman Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said. "It's all been very startling."

Investigators are treating the two new remains as distinct, but said there's a chance they could be from the same person.

The six new bodies follow findings in December, when investigators unearthed four decomposed remains on a desolate stretch of brush near Gilgo Beach, near Jones Beach. Officials said those four were prostitutes who were strangled, and that the family of one received threatening phone calls days after her disappearance.

The identified victims are: Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Conn.; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of the Bronx; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon.

Police haven't linked the victims, and one of the four found earlier this month was a child, which "wouldn't fit the pattern," a source told the Post.

The initial area search was prompted by the May disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, N.J., She also worked as a Craigslist prostitute and hasn't been found.

Investigators have been tight-lipped about suspects and whether evidence has linked the finds, but have said his level of knowledge may indicate that he has law enforcement experience.

“We want to bring to justice this animal that has obviously taken the lives of a number of people,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said.

He appealed to the public to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS if anone has information.

(with Newsday)

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