Serial Killer Theory Returns - Four NY Women Found Dead

By: John Lester
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 24, 2021

Serial Killer Theory Returns - Bodies found. Serial killer link returns in New York as investigators have a theory regarding four women. The bodies were dumped on a desolate stretch of barrier island and were identified as those of prostitutes who advertised online.

Officials on New York's Long Island, where the bodies were found in early December strewn along a quarter-mile stretch of marshy grasslands in overgrown shrubbery and sea grass, would not say Monday whether they had identified any suspects.

Three women were identified Monday by county law enforcement as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich, Conn., Melissa Barthelemy, of New York's Erie County, and Amber Lynn Costello, of North Babylon, on Long Island. Authorities said those locations were where they were last seen, not necessarily where they lived.

Authorities last week identified the first of the four women as that of Megan Waterman, a 22-year-old Craigslist escort from Scarborough, Maine, who disappeared June 6. District Attorney Thomas Spota said that he believes they are victims of a serial killer. The bodies "were probably were in that location for some period of time," he said.

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