Kam Wai Tsui lives every day with the grief and the devastating uncertainty of what happened to her youngest son, Jimmy.
The 20-year-old Stony Brook student vanished without a trace in August of 1998.
"She has given up on it, she just wants to know if he's alive or not alive," a translator said for Tsui.
Now, investigative sources tell Eyewitness News they're examining a possible link between Tsui and so-called John Doe number eight. One of the skeletons uncovered this spring along ocean parkway.
Prosecutors say it's likely that of an Asian male, who was in his late teens or early twenties when he died.
Detectives now hope DNA will help rule Jimmy Tsui in or out.
On Monday, Spota announced that the human remains discovered along Ocean Parkway beaches are from eight victims, which are being divided into separate cases.
The four women from the original case have been identified as prostitutes murdered by a serial killer. Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who was last seen on July 9, 2007, was murdered first. Melissa Barthelemy was next, having disappeared almost exactly two years later in 2009. Megan Waterman vanished on June 6 of last year, and Amber Lynn Costello disappeared in early September of 2010.
The dismembered remains of two more women have been found since police began scouring the brambles along Gilgo Beach in April.
Police say these two murders are connected to each other, but not linked to the first four.
The next victim is an unidentified baby girl, between 1 and 2 years old. Investigators say there are no signs of trauma, but homicide has not been ruled out.
"What is now very clear is that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time," Spota said.
The chilling new details have people in the beachfront community on edge.
"Maybe it is somebody who could live in this area," one resident said. "You really have to be a little more careful."