Another victim of the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders was identified by police on Long Island, New York.In a statement released on Friday by the Suffolk County Police Department, information on the victim who had previously been identified as Jane Doe #6 will be released in the near future.
The victim was among 11 sets of remains found on a stretch of highway on Long Island when police were searching along Ocean Parkway for a woman who disappeared in 2010.
The woman’s remains were found in two areas of long island and decades apart.First in 2000 in Manorville and near Gilgo beach in 2011,where remains of the other 11 people were found.
About the Gilgo Beach murders.
Police begun making the discoveries during a search for Shannan Gilbert a 24 year old sex worker from New Jersey who vanished in 2010 after leaving a clients house in Oak Beach.Before her disappearance,she had made a 911 call from her clients house claiming that someone was trying to kill her.
During the search, the remains of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, were found on Dec. 11, 2010 and two days later three more bodies were discovered ;Megan Waterman, 22; Amber Lynn Costello, 27; and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25. All four bodies were spaced approximately 500 feet from one another.
In March 2011, Suffolk police found the partial remains of Jessica Taylor along Ocean Parkway. Eight years earlier, remains also belonging to Taylor had been found in Manorville.
The following month, in April 2011, police uncovered three additional remains. They belonged to Jane Doe #6, a female toddler and an Asian man. The shocking discoveries continued when two additional bodies were found in Nassau County,one believed to be the mother of the unidentified toddler found in Suffolk.
Gilbert’s remains were eventually discovered by police on Oak Beach in December 2011.Her death did not match any of the patterns of the Gilgo Beach killings, but police cannot rule out the possibility that it may have been connected to the murders of the 10 other victims.
A judge has twice ordered Suffolk County police to turn over the tape of Gilbert’s 911 call, as well as others made by neighbors around the time of Gilbert’s disappearance,the latest case being in 2019 where the police fought the orders,with department lawyers arguing that releasing the tape could jeopardize the investigation. An attorney for Gilbert’s estate on the other hand said police refusing to release the call was suspicious, claiming it could reveal information that would be damaging to the police department.The tapes were however not made public as they were part of the investigation.
In January 2020,police disclosed evidence relating to the case,a photo of a black leather belt that had been found at the crime scene during the initial stages of the investigation and believed to have been handled by an unknown suspect.The belt embossed with the letters “HM” or “WH,” did not belong to any of the victims.
The murders have never been solved, and police have not publicly named a suspect.