Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
A human skull was found in the vegetation just 90 feet from Ocean Parkway on Monday as cops moved their search for evidence in the suspected serial killer slayings from Suffolk to adjacent Nassau County. More remains were found in a second location Monday, bringing the possible number of victims to 10.
Police are still searching for the body of Shannon Gilbert, the Craigslist prostitute whose disappearance sparked the investigation that led to the discovery of eight bodies.
Four have been identified as females in their 20s, four have not been identified. Police suspect this to be the work of a serial killer, but the investigation is ongoing.
As police discovered more human remains on a Long Island beach, officials fended off criticism that budget woes initially hampered the investigation into what authorities suspect is the work of a serial killer — a probe that began when four bodies were discovered last December.
Suffering from extensive budget cuts, officials in Suffolk County — where the remains of eight victims were found — have been criticized for not thoroughly searching the area where the first four bodies were found last December. It's an allegation a spokesman for the police department called "outrageous."
“Cost is not, and has never been a consideration in homicide investigations. The Suffolk Police department has devoted a substantial amount of resources, including overtime, to this important investigation. It is outrageous for anyone to insinuate otherwise,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer in a statement.
Robert Lipp, the deputy director of budget review for Suffolk County, said connecting the budget shortfall to this investigation would be "a leap."
"There's always a trade-off between spending and service providing. When the dollars aren’t flowing that becomes more difficult," he said.
With reporting by Associated Press