Sketches Of Victims, Photos Released In Gilgo Beach Investigation

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The discovery of 10 bodies in the sands surrounding Gilgo Beach has mustered up more questions than clues, and has had authorities on Long Island scratching their heads for months.

In a quest to identify more victims, Suffolk County officials released sketches and photos Tuesday of some of the remaining unidentified bodies. Authorities have already identified five of the ten victims as missing prostitutes.

"We're hoping by having this press conference and getting the message out to the public that somebody will recognize somebody and that there will be a break in the case," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said at police headquarters in Yaphank where he and his team unveiled sketches and photos in connection to the case.

Of the sketches released were two unidentified victims whose remains were unearthed along Ocean Parkway. One sketch depicts a victim named Jane Doe #6 whose skull and hands authorities discovered earlier this year. Authorities believe her remains were there since late summer of fall of 2000.

Another sketch is described as being an Asian man who officials say was found dressed in women's clothes, fueling the notion he was a cross-dressing prostitute.

Also released were photographs of jewelry and clothing that were found near two other victims, believed to be a mother and her toddler. Since the discoveries of their remains, investigators have made a DNA match between the pair.

Ever since its launch, the human remains investigation at Gilgo Beach has rattled many in the area.

The investigation unraveled in December 2010, when authorities were searching for missing Jersey City prostitute Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen in the area.

The search for Gilbert led investigators to uncover the bodies of nearly a half dozen prostitutes. The victims have since been identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Lynn Costello and Megan Waterman.

Gilbert's remains have yet to be found.

Although it has not been confirmed, details surrounding the unearthed human remains suggest a serial killer may have played a role in the killings.

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