In one of the earlier threads, one of our members had identified the thing on the roof as probably a GPS or other communications device.
I saw a truck very similar to that -- white, unmarked, with the double cab and a tall box on the back -- in the very very background of some of the crime-scene shots, parked with the other LE trucks (behind the Suffolk mobile crime bus, behind the ME ambulance), but it's been obscured to the point where I'm not totally positive what I'm seeing.
I attached the best screen shot I could get of it, which is still pretty fuzzy. Look at the rear of the Suffolk bus, behind the gray SUV.
it would be helpful to know when this bing maps truck photo is from. it could be post december 10th 2010 (part of the investigation and useless).
that being said, I have a house on fire island, and have lived and worked there in the OFF and ON season. I know well all of the trucks that travel on fire island (National Seashore Dept, DEC, utility companies (LIPA, Verizon, etc) there is a police truck (f250 xlt with cap) that cruises the beach and is outfitted with lifeguard style wooden stretcher (wood board w/ handles), shovels, tow equipment, shovels etc. setup for standard beach emergency situations. I dont know if jones island has their own one of these or not. the SCPD would use the robert moses bridge to travel from mainland to fire island, jones island etc. the truck on the bing map doesn't seem to have the suffolk county police blue stripe, but I can't be sure from that image. But by the shape/dimensions I am confident that it is in fact the same specs as the ford f250 xlt police truck. I think the DEC may have the same model truck, and I have no idea what trucks the coast guard use down at their station at robert moses.
If I was forced to guess right now, I would say that the truck in the bing photo isn't the SCPD (colors not apparant), it's certainly not National Seashore, I have yet to see a utility truck with that spec, so I would say that it could be DEC as I know they favor plain white trucks. Or simply someone who volunteers or wants to drive the truck that looks official in the area.
volunteer fire/emergency person may drive something of that calibur. (images of similar truck attached)
And yes, Mr Hyde used to volunteer with the Point Lookout/Lido Beach fire department in 2000 confirmed by supreme court documents.
I'm struggling to ignore the correlation between what I read in the recent NY Times article:
"That gives me an idea that he is a sadist, said Mr. Clemente, the former profiler. That would be reflected in his relationship and jobs..... He likes the suffering of others, and he really likes it when he can cause it or witness it."
and a career in emergency medicine.
If you enjoy witnessing the suffering of others a job in emergency medicine suits you well. I can't mention the details of the 2 (found) malpractice suits I mentioned on an earlier post, but they were claiming the defendant was intentionally not helping the victims (minors). the case also documents Mr Hyde's prior stay in a drug rehabilitation center.
that's all for today...