A call made from a missing prostitute's cell phone on the day she was last seen alive came from a town near where her body was found more than a year later in a grisly scene foretold by a psychic, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Melissa Barthelemy was last seen in the Bronx on July 12, But a call made to her voic that day came from Massapequa, a Long Island town about 20 miles from where her body and the bodies of three other prostitutes were found dumped on a desolate stretch of beachfront last December, the official said.
A psychic hired by Barthelemy's family to help in the search for her had predicted she would be found in a shallow grave, overlooking the ocean and near a with the letter G, the official said. The prediction essentially came true: The bodies were discovered in an area known as Gilgo beach, about 40 miles southeast of the Bronx.
Barthelemy's family hired the psychic in Aprilnearly a year after the year-old was last seen, said the official, who had direct knowledge of the case but was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The family later reported the findings to police, the official said.
Megan Waterman's body was identified last week. And investigators returned to their initial theory: A serial killer likely was behind the deaths.
Investigators did not identify a suspect or say how the women were killed, but they were looking into what clients they might have met shortly before they disappeared. The women were in their 20s and advertised online.
On Tuesday, officials said there were no developments in their investigation. But details emerged in the search for Barthelemy, originally from Erie County.
Barthelemy had been living in the Bronx. Her parents filed a missing-persons report after her near-daily calls to them abruptly stopped.
A few days after she was last seen, her sister received calls from her cell phone, and a man on the other end said she was a "whore," the official said. In the days after the missing-persons report was made, New York City police tracked the cell phone al to midtown Manhattan and searched the areas near Pennsylvania Station and the Port Authority bus terminal, but the al went dead, the official said. Later, cell phone records obtained through a court order showed the call in Massapequa.
Police canvassed the area, asking around at local hotels, but turned up nothing, the official said. The thick case file was eventually turned over to Suffolk County to help with the investigation.
Barthelemy's family also called to report to police the psychic's findings, the official said. Brainard-Barnes was 25 when she was last seen in Manhattan on July 9,and was a mother of two, friends said.
Her friend Sarah Marquis, of Groton, Conn. She thought everyone was her friend. She was always on the phone, and when she stopped calling people knew something was wrong, Marquis said.
Costello was last seen in September and was Her former husband, Michael Wilhelm, of Kannapolice, N. Costello grew up around Wilmington, a booming area along North Carolina's southeast coast, where she and Wilhelm met. Waterman, a year-old Craigslist escort from Scarborough, Maine, was last seen in June at a Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge, 20 miles north of where her body was found.
She disappeared after traveling to New York on Memorial Day weekend with a year-old Brooklyn man described as her boyfriend. The man is now serving a month sentence in Maine for drug trafficking.
Police found the first body, Barthelemy's, in mid-December just steps from a mile stretch of beachfront highway that le to the popular Jones Beach State Park. The other three were found days later during a follow-up investigation.
Police had been looking for another missing woman, Shannan Gilbert, who hasn't been found. IE 11 is not supported.
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