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Speculation of another victim of the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer squashed by police

For nearly 48 hours, speculation swirled among locals and the true crime community after human remains were found in a wooded area within a 30-minute drive from the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer’s home.

But New York State Police told Fox News Digital Wednesday evening that the body found in Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island has been identified as 20-year-old Yoneli Abimael Ramos Moreno. 

His death has been ruled a homicide, and state police said there’s no connection between Moreno’s murder, which was recent, and Rex Heuermann, who has been held in jail since his arrest in July.

Moreno’s body was found shortly before 1 p.m. Monday in a wooded area of the state park in Smithtown on Long Island, which is about 24 miles north of Heuermann‘s home in Massapequa Park.

There are at least six other victims’ remains found in varying stages of decomposition in the area of Gilgo Beach, along Long Island’s south shore, between December 2010 and April 2011. 

Heuermann hasn’t been connected to any of the other victims to date, which has fueled theories of a second serial killer – dubbed the “Manorville Butcher” – hunting on Long Island at the same time.

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to chris.eberhart@fox.com or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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