January 24, 2018
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Inspector: It’s unlikely Maine woman is one of found bodies

The Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — It is unlikely that additional bodies will be found along a seaside road where the remains of four women were discovered in recent days, a police official said Friday, emphasizing that detectives remain open to any scenario to explain their discovery.

Deputy Inspector William Neubauer said Friday it also appeared unlikely that a missing Maine woman last seen working as an escort on Long Island was among the four, although there was no official confirmation ruling her out.

Despite comments earlier in the week from Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer that it appeared possible the deaths of the four women were the result of a serial killer, Neubauer told reporters Friday that detectives were not limiting themselves to any theory.

“We have no idea whatsoever whether we’re dealing with a serial killer,” he said. “Anything is possible at this point, because there’s so many unanswered questions.”

Neubauer said an expanded search of a 15-mile stretch of Ocean Parkway, where the bodies were found, was nearing its conclusion, adding, “the likelihood of finding further remains is remote.”

Detectives believe the four women died elsewhere and were then taken to the site, a narrow strip of land that divides the Great South Bay from the ocean. The parkway connects Jones Beach with several state- and town-run beaches to its east along the south shore of Long Island.

Neubauer reiterated Friday that police have no suspects and that it could take weeks to determine the identities of the four women. The New York City medical examiner is helping the identification process.

Police on Thursday eliminated a missing New Jersey woman last seen working as a Craigslist escort as a possible victim after comparing her medical records with those of the four victims.

Neubauer said Friday it also appeared unlikely that Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine, last seen at a Hauppauge, N.Y., hotel, was among the four, although there was no official confirmation ruling her out. The hotel is about 15 miles from where the bodies were found this week.

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