The recently discovered body of a young woman on the north shore of New York's Long Island could be the 11th known victim of the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killer, according to police in Nassau County.
The remains of the unidentified victim, who police estimate to have been between 20 and 30 years of age, were discovered earlier this week by a woman walking her dog along the beach in the Long Island village of Lattingtown. According to authorities, the woman's dog sniffed out the body, pulling her owner to the bag of bones.
Though the victim's race has yet to be determined, police believe her to be Asian because a 24-karat gold chain with a pig pendant was found with the remains. Twenty-four karat gold is frequently sold in jewelry stores that cater to the Asian community, and police believe the pig pendant likely symbolizes the Chinese Zodiac Pig.
"Obviously, we’re near the water, [Gilgo] bodies were found near the water — that’s a similarity but there are other dissimilarities so it’s much too early to say that we definitely have a connection," Nassau Homicide Squad Detective Lt. John Azzata told the New York Pos
Between December 2010 and April 2011, Nassau County police have found 10 bodies scattered along Long Island's Gilgo Beach, which is located along the southern shoreline, 30 miles from where Monday's discovery took place. All but two of the 10 victims were young women in their 20s who were associated with escort services.
Police first stumbled across some of the bodies while searching for a missing 24-year-old New Jersey woman who was believed to be a prostitute.
The other two victims discovered along Gilgo Beach were an unidentified toddler and an unidentified Asian man, who police say had a slim build and was wearing woman's clothing when he was killed. Like his fellow victims, the man is also believed to have been an escort.
Though the majority of the bodies were found intact, in several cases the serial killer severed several of the victims' body parts, and in at least one case scattered the limbs as far as Fire Island, approximately 15 miles north of where the other bodies were found. Four of the victims were found in burlap sacks and a toddler was wrapped in a blanket. Some of the victims' decomposing body parts were found in plastic bags.
Police have yet to say what type of bag the latest victim was found in and when the actual murder likely occurred.
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