The Long Island Ripper
Even before they identified any of the bodies the cops were confident that none among the dead was their original, still-missing person, Shannan Gilbert. They would have been easily able to identify her by a metal pin that they knew remained after a surgery she'd undergone.
The discoveries prompted investigators to revisit the nearby Oak Island Beach Association, the last place Shannan Gilbert had been seen. Authorities also spread the search east to Nassau County, too, searching for more bodies before the spring warmth spurred plants to grow over any evidence that remains in the dunes.
On April 12, 2011, police found a skull in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, a torso a mile away, and a bag holding various extremities. Depending on how many victims these scattered parts represent, that might make the ninth, tenth, or eleventh victim—or more. Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that one of the second batch of Suffolk corpses included that of a young child.
The story is still developing. Investigators have at last hinted that they have a suspect.