6 calls made to sister from slain prostitute's phone

AMHERST - The teenage sister of one of fourprostitutes found slain near Gilgo Beach received a half-dozen callsfrom the victim's cell phone in the six weeks after she disappearedin 2009, her family said Thursday. Melissa Barthelemy's sister, Amanda, who was then 15, got thefirst call from an unidentified man a few days after Barthelemy waslast seen in New York City on July 12, 2009, said their mother,Lynn, and her fiance, Jeff Martina. They said the last call came on Aug. 26, soon after they told aBuffalo TV station about the calls. The pair said police advised them not to reveal the contents ofthe calls, which they described as crude. "It's nothing that we can say on the air," said LynnBarthelemy, whose youngest daughter stood in a corner crying at thefamily's lawyer's office in suburban Buffalo. "It wasn't nice, itwasn't nice." "You can see her (Amanda's) condition right now in the room, itjust had a devastating effect," added Martina as he glanced backat the 16-year-old. "The content of the calls were horrible." A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press thecaller referred to Barthelemy in the first call as a "whore." The bodies of Barthelemy and three other prostitutes were found near Gilgo Beach inDecember. Police officials suspect the slayings were the work of aserial killer. They have not specified yet how the women werekilled. On Monday, Suffolk County officials identified Barthelemy's bodyand those of two other women, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich,Conn., and Amber Lynn Costello, of North Babylon. The body of MeganWaterman, of Scarborough, Maine, was identified last week. Barthelemy, 24, a trained hair stylist, moved to New York Cityin 2007, worked at a barber shop and later was hired as an exoticdancer, her mother said. She said the family didn't realize untilafter her disappearance that she had turned to prostitution. "We were upset, but she's still our daughter and she's awonderful person," she said. "Melissa was a good girl andsomebody manipulated her into doing this and scared her." "We want to get justice," she added. "And we'd like to get itout there to these girls that are working in that type ofprofession, don't think you can't go home to your parents becausethere's something called unconditional love. You can go home nomatter what happens."AP wire services contributed to this reportGilgo Beach victim's phone used in Massapequa last day she was seenCops: Missing Maine woman among Gilgo Beach bodiesSeveral police departments involved in Gilgo Beach bodies probeSuffolk in contact with FBI over Gilgo Beach bodies investigationNews 12 LI coverage: Bodies found near Ocean Parkway

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