On January 25, 2011, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer confirmed that the dead bodies police found in Long Island were all women who worked as escorts, advertised on Craigslist — and were probably murdered by a serial killer.
The bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Connecticut; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Erie County, New York; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, New York, were discovered on an isolated strip of waterfront property in Gilgo beach in December 2010.
A few days later, police found the skeletal remains of Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine. All four women had been missing for months or years.
Police made the grisly discovery by accident while searching for 24-year-old escort Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen fleeing the home of a client she met on Craigslist in Oak Beach on May 21, 2010. Gilbert’s body was found on December 13, 2011, in the same area.
So far, more than 10 bodies have been found in the area, including those of a toddler and an Asian male. Many experts believe that all were the victims of the Long Island Serial Killer, or killers — but the murderer’s identity remains a mystery.