// September 12th, 2017 // News
In late 1993 and early 1994, the bodies of 31-year-old Rita Tangredi and 20-year-old Colleen McNamee were found nine-miles apart. Both had been strangled and bludgeoned to death. DNA samples were taken from the bodies and the cases remained cold for over ten years – until an uninvolved man’s misdemeanor conviction steered investigators toward the killer. Today, investigators see similarities between the murders and the decades-old Long Island (Gilgo Beach) serial killer case.
Colleen McNamee was last seen January 5, 1994, getting into a small blue car in front of the Blue Dawn Diner in Islandia, New York. Rita Tangredi was last seen hitchhiking November 2, 1993, on Montauk Highway, east of County Road 101, in East Patchogue, New York.
On Nov. 2, 1993, Rita Tangredi, 31, was found nude in a wooded area off Esplanade Drive near South Country Road in East Patchogue. She had been beaten and strangled to death. Two months later, on Jan. 30, 1994, the body of 20-year-old Colleen McNamee was found bypost was originally published on this site