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Golden Pig May Hold Clues to Possible Serial Killer Victim’s Identity

24 karat gold pig necklace. Photo: Nassau County Police.

A woman walking her dog in the waterfront village of Lattingtown on Long Island’s north shore stumbled upon the skeletal remains of a human body. According to Nassau County police, the dog started digging in the sand and came upon a bag which included the bones of a woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s and women’s pants and underwear. The remains, say police, showed signs of trauma.

Found in the bag alongside the bones and clothing was a 24 karat gold pendant in the shape of a pig. Police believe the golden pig may hold important clues to the victim’s identity. “24 karats is big in the Asian and Indian community jewelry stores. In the United States, most people want 14 karat, this is 24 karat,” Nassau County Police Homicide Squad Det. Lt. John Azzata said in a Wednesday press briefing. “In the Chinese culture, the Year of the Pig emulates different years – 1995, 1983, 1971.”

Map with Lattingtown (A) and Gilgo Beach (B)

Azzata also spoke of the possibility that this victim may be connected to the yet-unsolved Gilgo Beach serial killer. Gilgo Beach is located directly south of Lattingtown, on Long Island’s south shore. Police believe that the Gilgo Beach killer murdered between 10 and 14 female sex workers and dumped their bodies in Gilgo Beach and along Ocean Parkway, which runs along the south shore. “Bodies were found near the water, that’s a similarity. But there are other dissimilarities, so it’s much too early to say that we definitely have a connection,” Azzata said. No one matching the description of the victim has been reported missing from Lattingtown in the past five years, Azzata said. The medical examiner has not yet determined the victim’s age, sex, and cause of death.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes the pig necklace, or has any other information about this case, to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or the Homicide Squad at 516-573-7789.

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