Suffolk Police Says It Positively Identified Gilgo Beach Victim

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May 22, 2020 - 12:50 pm
Jane Doe No. 6

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GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County police on Friday announced it had positively identified a woman whose remains were found during the investigation into the Gilgo Beach murders. 

The police department, in a news release, said the identity of “Jane Doe No. 6” would be revealed “in the near future" on a tips website it launched in January to help solve the case, gilgonews.com

The information had yet to be released. 

The woman’s remains were found in Manorville in 2000 and along Gilgo Beach in 2011. 

The Gilgo Beach serial killer has yet to identified and the case remains unsolved

Earlier this year, police released images of a black leather belt that is believed to belong to the suspected serial killer. 

“A black, leather belt embossed with the letter H-M, or W-H, was recovered during the initial stages of this investigation,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said in January. “We believe the belt was handled by the suspect and did not belong to any of the victims.”

Gilgo Beach Belt
Suffolk County Police

In 2019, authorities said they would use genetic geology – or the use of running genetic profiles through databases – to find relatives of the victims or suspect(s). The “Golden State Killer” was captured using such technology.

The remains of 10 people were found along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach in 2010 and 2011, but not all have been identified.

The body of the toddler, 18-24 months old, was found wrapped in a blanket along the highway. The circumstances of her death remains unclear. Authorities had said it appears the toddler and one of the unidentified women, who was found seven miles away in Nassau County, are related.

Some of the remains date back to 1995 and investigators have previously said all of the victims are somehow connected to the sex trade.

The investigation began as a hunt for Shannan Gilbert, a missing New Jersey escort who was last seen running in terror into the night from some unseen danger in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010.

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