Cecilia DowdSep 12, 2017, 5:53 pmSep 12, 2017, 6:29 pm

Prosecutor: Man found guilty of killing 2 prostitutes may be tied to Gilgo Beach murders

Investigators say remains of victims ‘may be attributed to handiwork of John Bittrolff’


Following the sentencing of John Bitrolff who was given 25 years to life on Tuesday for killing two prostitutes, a Suffolk County prosecutor says the convicted killer may be linked to the Gilgo Beach murders.

"There are remains of the victims at Gilgo that we believe may be attributed to the handiwork of Mr. Bittrolff and that investigation is continuing," the prosecutor said.

It's been years since the bodies of 8 women, a man, and a toddler were found on Ocean Parkway. The killings dubbed the "Gilgo Beach murders" sparked national attention and remain unsolved.

The discovery of the remains happened because of the search for a missing prostitute.

Her body was the eleventh body that was eventually found down the road.

The stunning revelation leaves many questions though prosecutors wouldn't elaborate on Bittrolff's possible role in the murders and it's unclear how many of the murders they believe he could be tied to.

Prosecutors say there are remains of the victims at Gilgo that they believe may be attributed to Bittrolff's "handiwork."

Bitrolff was found guilty of killing Rita Tangredi and Coleen McNamee in the early 1990s. Both were found strangled and with severe head injuries. Both victims were prostitutes

FiOS1 News reached out to the Suffolk County Police Department for a response but officials said the department does not comment on ongoing homicide investigations.

After Bitrolff’s sentencing, he denied killing the two women and said he will appeal.

Bitrolff’s lawyer has not responded to requests for comment.

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