BABYLON, New York — Police investigating a possible serial killer determined Tuesday that four decomposed bodies found recently along a remote New York beach were all women.
The four bodies were systematically dumped, perhaps over a period of 18 months or longer, along a desolate, wind-swept stretch of highway that on sunny summer days transports thousands to the white sands of Jones Beach, police said.
Homicide detectives on a freezing December day were scrambling to learn the identities of the victims. The first of the decomposed corpses was found Saturday by an officer and his cadaver dog. Three more, all scattered within a quarter-mile (0.4 kilometer), were found two days later.
Now, authorities want to apprehend a possible serial killer.
"We're looking at that — that we could have a serial killer," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told reporters at a briefing before officers and the cadaver dog resumed searching for possibly more victims. "I don't think its a coincidence that four bodies ended up in this area."
Tuesday's search on a highway about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of New York City ended without any additional discoveries, but police intend to press on with an investigation. Suffolk County police were expected to meet with the FBI on Wednesday.