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Wednesday
Apr132011

Long Island Serial Killer: Dive Teams Prep to Search Water

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Police dive teams are prepping for an underwater search of bays near a barrier island off New York's Long Island area where at least nine bodies have already been found.

Teams in Suffolk County are checking the waterways, but bad weather might prevent the scuba teams from carrying out their dives Wednesday, Suffolk County police said.

The use of scuba teams are an indication that police fear even more bodies could be hidden in the remote area near some of the area's most popular beaches.

Police are also considering chopping down the thick brush throughout the area that has made the seach so difficult, despite the use of cadaver dogs, horses, fire truck aerial ladders and a helicopter. Police fear that when the brush starts blooming in the coming weeks the search would become even more difficult.

The hunt for bodies and clues has grown to a small army of 125 police from Long Island, state police and FBI specialists.

It was revealed on Tuesday that the serial killer who dumped his victim's bodies in the thick brush along several miles of the Long Island beachfront may have dismembered several of them, law enforcement authorities have told ABC News.

ABC News has also learned that at least one of the victims died by "homicidal asphyxiation," which could mean strangulation or being smothered.

The grisly twist were the latest revelations as police continued to uncover the trail of bodies left there by at least one killer.

Investigators have determined that bones found Monday were human, bringing the body count to nine and possibly 10 victims. It's still not clear whether a skull found alone Monday was part of victim number nine or would be victim number 10.

The bodies were strung out over a 3.5-mile stretch of beach with five of the bodies spaced out about 500 feet apart, police said.

While at least several of the victims appear to have been killed and dumped by a serial killer, authorities had not yet ruled out the possibility that more than one killer was responsible for the growing pile of human remains, which included those of a child. 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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