Officials: NY Beach Corpses Were Craigslist Escorts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities on New York's Long Island say that they have identified three remaining bodies found near a beach and that it may be the work of a serial killer, after all.

Officials in Suffolk County say the bodies belonged to three women who worked as prostitutes or escorts and advertised online.

They were identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich, Conn.; Melissa Barthelemey, of New York City's Bronx borough; and Amber Lynn Costello, of North Babylon, on Long Island.

Authorities last week identified the first of the four women as that of a missing Craigslist escort from Maine.

County police initially thought a serial killer was responsible but backed away from that theory. District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH'-tuh) raised the possibility again Monday.

Officials say they think the women were killed elsewhere and dumped there.

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