Body count officially at 9 in NY beach probe

Police search through the brush near Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y., Monday, April 11, 2011. Investigators searching for evidence of a serial killer are hitting the ground around New York's Jones Beach State Park.  About 125 personnel, some with dogs, searched the area on Monday. Officers in neighboring Suffolk County uncovered eight sets of human remains in recent months. A New Jersey woman who was the initial focus of the search is still missing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Police search through the brush near Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y., Monday, April 11, 2011. Investigators searching for evidence of a serial killer are hitting the ground around New York's Jones Beach State Park. About 125 personnel, some with dogs, searched the area on Monday. Officers in neighboring Suffolk County uncovered eight sets of human remains in recent months. A New Jersey woman who was the initial focus of the search is still missing.

State police have confirmed that remains found during a search for possible victims of a serial killer on a New York beach highway are human. That makes nine bodies found in recent months.

The remains were found Monday morning about 1.5 miles east of the entrance to Jones Beach.

More remains were found later Monday several miles away. Police say it appeared to be a skull, but authorities have yet to confirm whether it is human.

The findings Monday in Nassau County, just outside New York City, comes after police in neighboring Suffolk County uncovered eight sets of human remains since December along the same highway.

Authorities suspect a serial killer may be responsible for at least some of the deaths, but they have not named any suspects.