JONES BEACH - The FBI joined forces today with Nassau and Suffolk police in the investigation into the human remains found along Ocean Parkway, providing a surveillance plane with a high-resolution camera to scour the shoreline.
The aircraft flew overhead to try and spot where there could be more bodies. Ocean Parkway was closed in both directions for about an hour and a half as the plane scanned the area from the Jones Beach tower to the Robert Moses Causeway. Local residents were stranded in or kept out of their homes.
The images taken by the FBI plane will be available in seven to 10 days.
Meanwhile, teams of investigators were back in the brush and divers in the bay looking for evidence.
A Nassau police helicopter hovered close to the thick brush with officers on board peering out the window to check 18 locations where unknown items had been spotted earlier this week. Lt. Kevin Smith, of the Nassau County Police Department, says officers determined that nothing "of evidentiary value" was found.
Since December, at least nine sets of human remains have been discovered along the Ocean Parkway.
Earlier this week, a bag of human bones and a skull were found on the Nassau side of the parkway in between Jones and Tobay beaches. The medical examiner's office says an anthropologist is now examining the remains.
Police are asking for help in cracking the case of the suspected serial killer or killers and urging anyone with information to call them.
Suffolk police say they have already received more than 600 tips on their Crime Stoppers hotline. The number is 1-800-220-TIPS. In Nassau, the number is 1-800-244-TIPS.
For County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey discussing the search for remains, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.
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