Shannan Gilbert’s Body Found


OAK BEACH, N.Y. – A set of skeletal remains was found Tuesday in the oceanfront Long Island marsh where police believe Shannan Gilbert got lost and drowned in the middle of the night in May 2010.

Her disappearance led to a search that uncovered the bodies of 10 people, most of them sex workers, thought to be the victims of a single serial killer.

The remains were found on the sixth day that police have been searching the isolated area for the missing prostitute.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said the remains were discovered about one-fourth of a mile from where several of Gilbert’s belongings were located last week, a landscape thick with mud, brambles and tangled underbrush where police believe Gilbert drowned after fleeing a client’s house and running into the dark night.

He said the location of her belongings and the remains indicate she may have been trying to run toward the lights of a nearby roadway, but couldn’t navigate her way out of the marsh.

“It would be very easy to get exhausted and fall down and not be able to move any further,” Dormer said.

Dormer said police believe the remains are Gilbert’s, but will require forensic confirmation.

“It’s certainly a sad day for the Gilbert family,” Dormer said.

Authorities had combed the area before, but resumed the search last week with amphibious vehicles better capable of trolling the rough terrain, where police officers have occasionally become stuck in waist-deep quicksand-like mud.

Police have also said that much of the marshy area was previously underwater, but those levels have receded enough to allow them to make these discoveries.

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My heart goes to the family.

I hope that law enforcement does not stop investigating the other 10 victims because she was found.

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