June 19, 2015 11:50 AM

A New York woman’s body was found dismembered inside an abandoned home in Niagara Falls.

Terri Lynn Bills’ headless, limbless body was discovered on Tuesday evening, according to CBS News. Investigators said the head and limbs had been removed from the body before it was placed in the abandoned home.

The brutal murder is shockingly similar to that of 30-year-old Loretta Gates, who was related to Bills, 46, through marriage. Gates’ dismembered body was found in the Niagara River in 2012. Her murder is still unsolved.

“It feels like they’re going after our family,” Dustin Mattoon, Bills’ 15-year-old son, told The Buffalo News.

While Bills’ head and limbs have not yet been recovered, her family was able to identify her by a distinctive tattoo.

On Thursday, police began searching Hyde Park and Hyde Park Lake near Duck Island, the area where Gates’ remains were found three years earlier. However, authorities have not yet commented on whether the two killings are related.

Both women used drugs and had been involved in prostitution at the time of their deaths, family members said. “There’s a monster out there,” Tammy Gates, Loretta Gates’ mother, told WIVB. “I don’t care if they were involved in drugs or prostitution. They don’t deserve this.”

Anyone with information on the deaths is asked to call authorities.

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