LI Serial Killer Case Gets 'Biggest Revelation in Years'
Torso, body parts belong to mother of slain toddler
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2016 6:57 AM CST
Emergency personnel search in Oak Beach, NY, across the road from where eight bodies where found, in 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – A new DNA analysis in the investigation into the Long Island serial killer has resulted in what the Long Island Press calls "the biggest revelation in the case in years." Records show the torso of an unidentified black woman found in a plastic bin in Rockville Centre, NY, in 1997 belongs to the same woman whose partial remains were found about 15 miles away along Ocean Parkway on Long Island in 2011. Police say the woman—nicknamed Peaches due to a peach tattoo on her left breast—was also the mother of the young child whose remains were found about 10 miles from her mother's partial remains. Peaches' head has yet to be found, but "each additional piece of information helps in getting an identification," a medical examiner says.

Only six of 11 people found dead along Ocean Parkway since 2010—including a man and eight other women—have been identified, per the AP. Police believe one female victim accidentally drowned but all others were murdered. No suspects have been named. However, the Long Island Press notes a revision to a Wikipedia article about the killings once named the killer as Joseph Foti, a retired corrections officer at Suffolk County jail, who is accused of sexual harassing female inmates. The edit—revealed in the recent A&E documentary series The Killing Season—is intriguing because it came from a computer with an IP address registered to the Suffolk County Police Department. Police have not commented. (Two cops were previously eyed in the case.)

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