FBI joins investigation into New York ‘serial killer’
BABYLON, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — The New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday joined the investigation into a possible serial killer after four bodies were found.
The first skeletal remains were found on Saturday along a road in Babylon, a town in Suffolk County on Long Island. On Monday, three more bodies were found nearby as police were investigating the first remains which had been found there.
While authorities are still investigating the crimes, police believe they may be the work of a serial killer who used the road to dump his victims. It is not yet known who the victims are or how and when they were killed.
“The FBI will meet with Suffolk County Police officials today and has offered assistance in the case,” said Special Agent Richard Kolko. “This is a Suffolk County Police Department investigation and we refer you to them for any additional information.”
Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer previously said some of the bodies may have been along the road as long as up to two years. At least two of them were said to be female.
And while the identities of the victims remain unknown, there is speculation that one of the victims could be 22-year-old Megan Waterman who was last seen on June 6 when she was staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge, which is just a 20 minute drive from Babylon.
Waterman, the mother of a young girl, had placed advertisements on Craigslist as an escort and told her 20-year-old boyfriend Akeem Cruz on June 5 that she would be going out and call him later. When she did not call, Cruz called Waterman’s grandmother.
Her family members believe Waterman was being influenced by Cruz during their relationship. “The public needs to be aware of how easy it is for a young mother to fall under the ‘spell’ of a boyfriend who convinces her that becoming an escort is the ‘easy way out’,” her family said on a website to help find her.
In addition to Waterman, there are also fears for 24-year-old prostitute Shonnan Gilbert who went missing in May. She had traveled to Fire Island, about a 40 minute drive from Babylon, to meet with a client.
As the remains are badly decomposed, the remains will have to be identified through dental records or DNA.