OAK BEACH, N.Y. (PIX11)—None of the three sets of human remains discovered Monday along a stretch of isolated beach on Long Island are those of missing woman New Jersey Shannan Gilbert, authorities announced Tuesday.
Monday's grisly discovery brought the total of bodies found in the area to a staggering eight in a case that has more questions than answers.
The remains were discovered during the latest search for bodies in an ongoing, chilling case where authorities suspect a serial killer may be involved in the dumping of several bodies along Ocean Parkway which leads to popular vacation destination Jones Beach.
Before this week's discovery, five bodies were uncovered in the area -- four in Gilgo Beach in December 2010 and one about a mile away in Oak Beach last week.
Authorities announced plans to close sections of Ocean Parkway to allow investigators and cadaver dogs to canvas the area for more evidence.
Drivers are being urged to find alternate routes as they will not be able to access all westbound lanes on Ocean Parkway from the Nassau-Suffolk County border at Captree Bridge to Tobay Beach.
The search at Oak Beach began last week in an effort to find missing Jersey City woman Shannan Gilbert, who police say was working as a prostitute and was last seen in the area in May 2010.
The remains of the four women found on Gilgo Beach were all petite women, who were also working as prostitutes and contacted by a client via Craigslist. Their bodies were buried close together and equidistant from each other in the same manner, police said.
The women were identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello.
Gilbert was also solicited through Craigslist, and was last seen in Oak Beach with Joseph Brewer, who contacted her on May 1, 2010.
Investigators originally thought the body found in Oak Beach was Gilbert's, but tests confirmed it was not. It is still unknown to whom the remains belong to and if it is a male or female.