Ten sets of remains were found at Gilgo Beach between December 2010 and April 2011, including eight women, one man and one toddler.
Police and family have said the five women who were identified had worked as prostitutes.
The other three women, the man and toddler were never identified.
Melissa Barthelemy, 24, worked as a hairdresser in Buffalo before moving to New York City in 2007, where she rented a basement apartment in the Bronx. She later advertised her services as an escort.
The western New York woman was last seen alive July 12, 2009, around the time her regular calls to family members abruptly ceased.
After her disappearance, an unidentified man police believe was involved in Barthelemy’s death, used her cell phone on six occasions to call her sister, a family friend told the media in 2011.
The suspect disparaged Melissa Barthelemy in those calls, at one point calling her “a whore,” a law enforcement source told Newsday.
Her body was the first found along Ocean Parkway on Dec. 11, 2010 during the search for Shannan Gilbert.
Melissa was wonderful, she was the light of my life. Barthelemy’s father, Mark Szpila
After dropping out of high school, Megan Waterman worked in delis and sandwich shops, her mother said. She met Akeem Cruz at a dance club in Portland, Maine, in the spring of 2009 and they dated.
A few months later, Megan began working as a prostitute, her mother said.
She was last seen leaving a Hauppauge hotel on June 6, 2010 after traveling to Long Island with boyfriend Cruz, who also acted as her pimp, police said.
Her body was among the three sets of remains found on Dec. 13, 2010.
Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine, had a young daughter. Just days before her disappearance, Waterman said Cruz wanted her to stop working as a prostitute and the two would start a family, according to Waterman’s best friend.
Megan was a loving daughter… She would do anything. She’d give the last penny in her pocket to somebody if they wanted it. Lorraine Ela, Megan Waterman’s mother
Amber Lynn Costello
Amber Lynn Costello grew up quickly – marrying and divorcing twice by the time she was 27. She developed a drug habit early in life, according to her ex-husbands.
Costello grew up in North Carolina, in Rocky Point and Wilmington. She married her first husband Michael Wilhelm after they met at a local beach – a whirlwind romance, he said, that soured when he discovered her heroin addiction.
Sometime after she divorced her second husband, Don Costello, Amber Lynn Costello moved to Long Island. Her sister, Kimberly Overstreet, lived in Lindenhurst.
She was last seen alive on Sept. 2, 2010 in North Babylon, where she rented an apartment.
Her body was among those found on Dec. 13, 2010.
When her soul left this earth, mine shattered. I’m trying to pick up the pieces. Kimberly Overstreet, Costello’s older sister
Maureen Brainard-Barnes was named after her grandmother.
“She was very outgoing. She had so much energy,” said Sarah Marquis, a friend from Groton, Connecticut.
She grew up in Groton and attended Fitch High School.
Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Connecticut, was last seen alive in Manhattan on July 9, 2007, police said. Her family suspected she was dead when she didn’t show up for her brother’s funeral, friend Sarah Marquis said.
Brainard-Barnes had a young son, Dylan, Marquis said. She also had a daughter, Nicolette. The children lived with their fathers.
She wasn’t found until Dec. 13, 2010 when police located her remains by Ocean Parkway.
Police believe the killer left her body in Gilgo Beach shortly after she disappeared.
Brainard-Barnes was trusting, ‘thinking she was kind of cool with everyone. That would be why… she could get hurt.’ friend Sarah Marquis
Jessica Taylor came from a small town in upstate New York and was estranged from her family. She had been arrested on prostitution charges in Washington, Atlantic City and New York City.
She was just 20 years old, had a tattoo on her back, wore hoop earrings and had moved on to Washington, D.C., after her release from a Rikers Island jail. But then she returned.
On July 26, 2003, days after she was seen working as a prostitute on the streets near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, her nude torso was found in the woods in Manorville, near the Long Island Expressway.
A woman walking her dog came across Taylor’s butchered remains on a pile of branches.
Then on March 29, 2011, her head, hands and forearm were discovered in the brush along Ocean Parkway, about a mile east of where the original Gilgo bodies were found.
An unidentified Asian male, 17 to 23 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with close-cropped hair was found just east of the original bodies on April 4, 2011.
Police said the man was missing top and bottom molars and a front upper tooth. He was dressed in women’s clothing and was dead five to 10 years, police said.
After an unidentified white woman’s torso was found in the woods in Manorville in 2000, police discovered her head, hands and right foot on April 4, 2011 near Cedar Beach.
Police say the woman — 18 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, with straight, shoulder-length hair, high cheekbones and a prominent jawline — may have worked as a prostitute in New York City in late summer or fall of 2000.
Authorities think her killing may be related to that of Jessica Taylor.
An unidentified woman’s remains turned up 15 years and more than 20 miles apart along Ocean Parkway.
Her legs were found on Fire Island in 1996 and her skull was located near Jones Beach on April 11, 2011.
Unidentified woman and toddler
A female, non-Caucasian toddler thought to be 16 to 32 months old, who was found April 4, 2011 is a relative of another woman. A bag of that woman’s remains was found 7 miles away on April 11, 2011, near Jones Beach.
Police have said it is likely they were mother and child.