A hunter on Long Island made a macabre discovery Friday, which may be linked to the Long Island Serial Killer. While following deer tracks off a hiking trail in Middle Island, NY, the hunter came across a detached human skull, and more bones nearby. The area where they were located is 10 miles west of Manorville, NY, where the body parts of two women were found whom police believe were the victims of a single unidentified murderer who may be responsible for up to 17 killings over a 20-year period along Long Island’s South Shore.
The hunter, who wishes to remain nameless, told The New York Post: “There was no flesh, no hair, you could see fatigue cracks in the skull from being dried in the sun. I also saw one side of the jaw, maybe two arm bones, a collarbone, vertebrae.” He contacted Suffolk County police, who cordoned off the area to investigate further.
Also known as “The Gilgo Beach Killer” or “The Craigslist Ripper,” the case of the Long Island Serial Killer began after sex worker Shannan Gilbert went missing in Suffolk County in 2010. Over the course of the investigation, police found the remains of 10 victims along a deserted stretch of beachfront on Long Island, NY. All of the victims were connected to the sex trade, and police believe they were murdered by the same person. Two sets of remains were DNA matched to body parts found nearly a decade earlier and over 40 miles away in the town of Manorville. Ironically, when Gilbert’s remains were finally discovered in December, 2011, police ruled her death accidental, though her family disputes these findings.
The search for the Long Island Serial Killer continues to this day, though police have yet to make any arrests. Subsequent remains have been found near the other discovery sites, but police can not confirm they are the work of the same killer. While police sources say there’s currently no evidence linking the skull and bones found in Middle Island to the other slayings, their investigation is ongoing.