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More remains found in serial killer probe

April 11, 2011 2:05:19 PM PDT
We don't typically look out on a barren stretch of beautiful beach and think, "What a grand place to bury victims of a serial killer."

But it's hard to imagine going to the Long Island shore these days and NOT thinking that. At least it's hard for me. A thing of beauty - the beach and the brush and the serenity that goes along with all that - turning into something unthinkable and evil. It's chilling.

Are cops closing in on the truth? Hard to say - although based on some of what we're hearing, they might be a little closer. They're at least focusing on possible peeps who might fit the profile.

The headlines today: Investigators found two sets of remains in Nassau County - a ninth body and perhaps a tenth. And the eight bodies previously found are most certainly not eight missing prostitutes. That's because authorities now say one of the bodies is a toddler.

Is this toddler's body connected to the other murders? (Four of the bodies have been identified as missing prostitutes.) If it's not connected, then what are the odds of a toddler's bones being found buried there as well? Is the shoreline of Long Island suddenly a magnet for victims of killers? Unlikely - sources say, and they apparently believe there is a connection.

We're also keeping close tabs on the police investigation into possible "persons of interest." One of them, we've confirmed, placed a call to a missing prostitute's mother the day after she disappeared. According to the mom (whose daughter has not yet been found), the man said that the young woman came to his house - apparently he claimed it was some kind of halfway house - the night before, but was picked up by a man, and he hadn't heard from her. He was calling to inquire about her. The mom thought it was suspicious, and has told the cops about the phone call.

Jeff Pegues is on the story for us, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, the FBI has put out a warning that the man wanted for planting an explosive device in Santa Monica, is believed to have boarded a bus last Thursday - the day of the bombing - and may be headed to New York. Authorities are looking for a man known as J. Hirsch, or Ron Hirsch, who has family in this area. There are surveillance pictures of him getting off the bus in Denver, and they're not sure if he got on again, or changed his destination.

We'll have the latest at 11.

We're also taking a closer look at an increasingly popular notion - so-called stay-cations. People staying near home for their vacations, and saying "no thanks" to the big trips that involve air travel and hotels. Tim Fleischer has our story tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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