The woods where Sandra Costilla was found murdered

Crime Scene Location in Southampton, New York, United States

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Sandra Costilla - Crime scene location

On November 21st, 1993, two hunters discovered the remains of Sandra Costilla at this location in North Sea, Southampton.

The 28-year-old had been strangled to death and left partially clothed in these residential woods near Fish Cove.

At the time, the police stated that the victim "might have been raped."

Costilla's remains had been lying in the woods for several days before they were discovered. The authorities were able to identify them by using her fingerprints.

In 1992, she had been arrested for jumping over a subway turnstile. As a result, the police had a record of her fingerprints on file.

The 28-year-old's last known address was on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens. However, it is believed that she wasn't living there at the time of her death.

According to the police, she was a "drifter" who sometimes used the surname Cutello.

Costilla's murder is believed to be linked to the killings of two sex workers called Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee. Although she had no arrests for prostitution, the police stated that she lived a lifestyle that was "substantially similar."

In 2017, Manorville resident John Bittrolff was convicted of killing Tangredi and McNamee. He is also believed to be the prime suspect in the murder of Costilla.

Where was Sandra Costilla found?

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

40.935658, -72.407290


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The full address for this location is:

50 Fish Cove Road
New York
NY 11968
United States


The woods lie to the east of Noyack Road in Southampton.


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50 Fish Cove Road

Sandra Costilla Long Island

This is an aerial image of 50 Fish Cove Road in Southampton.

We have highlighted the property boundaries in red.

Two hunters discovered Sandra Costilla's body in the woods on this 7.22-acre lot.

John Bittrolff is a suspect in the murder of Sandra Costilla

John Bittrolff LISK

In July of 2014, a local carpenter named John Bittrolff was charged with the murders of Colleen McNamee and Rita Tangredi. Three years later, he was found guilty of the crimes and given two consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.

Following his arrest, Bittrolff was publicly named as the prime suspect in the murder of Sandra Costilla.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, the murder of Costilla was very similar to the killings of Tangredi and McNamee.

The three victims were small and slight, standing at around five feet tall. They were all strangled to death over a three-month period and then posed in similar ways. Furthermore, their bodies were all found naked in wooded areas.

According to Spota, trace evidence at Costilla's crime scene also pointed towards a connection. However, he did not elaborate.

This is not the only unsolved murder that the Manorville native is suspected of committing. In 2017, Bittrolff was named a prime suspect in the Long Island serial killer (LISK) case.

Newspaper clipping from 1994

Newspaper clipping.

In the aftermath of McNamee's murder, the Suffolk County Police Department publicly admitted that there might be a connection between the three crimes.

The police ask for help

Sandra Costilla murder

This newspaper article was published in November of 1993, shortly after Costilla was identified.

According to the police, she also went by the name of Sandra Cutello.

Aerial image

Aerial image

This aerial image of the location was taken in 2013. The houses on the left did not exist at the time of the murder.

Sandra Costilla

Sandra Costilla

This is a digitally enhanced image of Sandra Costilla.

This location belongs to the following categories:

Crime ScenesSerial KillersLong Island Serial Killer LocationsUnsolved Cases

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