Every summer millions of eager sun worshipers flock to Long Island beaches, but will the grim discovery of 10 human remains, along a stretch of highway turn New Yorkers off their annual summer outing?
With Irish-born Police Commissioner Richard Dormer leading the enquiry, investigators believe the murders to be the work of at least two killers.
As summer season kicks off, WNYC asked some beach goers if the grusome murders would have any effect on their attendance.
"You know it's kind of creepy to think about that, knowing that we go to the beach here and there's bodies, you know, along the parkway," Paige Grady told WNYC, from Gilgo Beach "It was terrible."
Grady and her mother Marilyn Dorsey admitted they were both shocked and horrified by the discovery, but neither intends on changing their summer routine, one the family has maintained for three decades.
"We love to come here; this is where we come," Dorsey said. "We park ourselves right here. For years."
In Jones Beach, Joanne Guaghan is enjoying the sune with his wife Joanna. He told WNYC he wasn’y surprised to hear the victims were found along the lonely beach highway.
"You have sick people all over the place," he said. "It's a wonderful place; if I were a serial killer I'd bury them there too, here, you know? It's a nice secluded spot."
"It's a sad world we live in," Joanne reflected.
Shannon Mary Burgess, a former Jones Beach employee says she feels beach life is safe, even at night when she likes to go fishing on the piers.
"I'm usually the only crazy person down there at night anyway," she said. "So I wasn't too concerned about it. My mother, on the other hand, was freaking out, going 'How can you be down there by yourself?'"
"The first couple of times I went down night fishing I was like, 'Ehh, I don't know,' and I was like, 'You know what? I am down there with a bucket full of sharp objects. I am probably the most dangerous person on the piers tonight.'"
George Gorman, regional director of New York State Parks on Long Island predicts the murder investigation will not have an effect on numbers.
"The only thing that affects us, really, is weather," he said. "If it's nice weather and it's beach weather, we'll have some great crowds. If it's rainy, and overcast, obviously, attendance will be low."