Police investigation[ edit ] Police were initially searching for Shannan Gilbert, a year-old woman from New Jersey , who was working as an escort and was reported missing on May 1, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said, "Four bodies found in the same location pretty much speaks for itself.
It's more than a coincidence. We could have a serial killer. Suffolk Police expanded the search area up to the Nassau County border, looking for more victims. Kevin Smith of the Nassau County Police Department said that his office will "further explore and investigate any criminal activity which may be in close proximity to the recently discovered human remains found in Suffolk.
Local media reported that an additional set of partial human remains was found, as well as a separate skull, bringing the potential total number of victims found since December to ten. Police believe that Shannan accidentally drowned after stumbling into a swamp, a view not shared by her mother. She had last been seen banging on a resident's door and screaming for help before running off into the night. A panicked call from Gilbert that night includes her saying that they were going to kill her.
A spokesperson for the FBI confirmed the announcement. The FBI had previously assisted in the search for victims, but was never officially part of the investigation until this announcement. It has been suggested that the serial killer is most likely a white male in his mids to mids who is very familiar with the South Shore of Long Island and has access to burlap sacks , which he uses to contain the bodies.
Burke pleaded guilty in February to a civil rights violation and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Suffolk County prosecutor Robert Biancavilla released a statement noting that Bittrolf was likely responsible for the deaths of other women, and that there were similarities between the Gilgo Beach crime scenes and Bittrolff's known murders.
The remains were discovered roughly three miles away from Bittrolff's home. He was also a hunter who seemed to enjoy killing and mutilating animals, and reportedly once "cut out the heart of a deer he had just shot and ate it raw in the woods".
Neighbors also recalled him killing small animals when he was younger. Barthelemy's mother also reported that Melissa "had a lot of calls to Manorville from her phone" at the time. She was hired by Brewer as an escort on the night of her disappearance after posting an ad on Craigslist. Brewer alleged that shortly after Gilbert arrived at his residence, she began acting erratically before fleeing from his home off into the night.
Gilbert was later seen running through Oak Beach, pounding on the doors of homes in Brewer's neighborhood. It was around this time that Gilbert made the phone call to claiming that "they were trying to kill her".
However, police did not find any evidence of any wrongdoing, and Brewer was quickly cleared as a suspect. Peter Hackett, an Oak Beach resident and neighbor of Brewer. Hackett allegedly told Mari that he was taking care of Shannan, and that he "ran a home for wayward girls. However, phone records later confirmed that Hackett called Mari twice following the disappearance. The marshy area where Shannan's remains were eventually found was also noted to be close in proximity to Hackett's backyard.
Subsequently, Gilbert's family filed a wrongful death suit against Hackett in November , claiming that he took Shannan into his home that morning and administered drugs to her, facilitating her death. However, it was later revealed that Hackett had a history of inserting himself into, or exaggerating his role in certain major events. This included the embellishment of his role in the investigation of TWA Flight Police also noted that Hackett's wife and two children were home on the night of Shannan's disappearance, and would have had to have been aware of or complicit in any foul play that went on that night.
Bissett killed himself two days after Shannan's remains were found. Speculation grew when it was revealed that Bissett also owned a nursery, and had access to large amounts of burlap. However, police deny that Bissett was ever a person of interest or a suspect in the case.
They had all been strangled and their bodies wrapped in burlap sacks before being dumped along Gilgo Beach.
Identified[ edit ] Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich , Connecticut , was an escort who advertised her services online. Maureen, who was only four feet eleven inches tall and one hundred five pounds, went to Long Island, "to spend the day in New York City ," and was never seen again.
She had been living in the Bronx and working as an escort through Craigslist. Beginning one week after her disappearance, and lasting for five weeks, her teenage sister, Amanda, received a series of "vulgar, mocking and insulting" calls from someone who may have been the killer using her sister's cell phone. The caller spoke in a low, calm voice, and asked if Amanda "was a whore like her sister.
The day before, she had told her year-old boyfriend that she was going out and would call him later. At the time of her disappearance, she was staying at a motel in Hauppauge, New York , 15 miles northeast of Gilgo Beach. Her body was also recovered in December They included two women, a man, and a toddler. On July 26, , her naked and dismembered torso, missing its head and hands, was discovered 45 miles east of Gilgo Beach in Manorville, New York;  these remains were identified by DNA analysis later that year.
Taylor's torso was found atop a pile of scrap wood at the end of a paved access road off of Halsey Manor Road, just north of where it crosses the Long Island Expressway. Plastic sheeting was found underneath the torso, and a tattoo on her body had been mutilated with a sharp instrument.
A human head, right foot, and hands, found on April 4, were determined to have belonged to an unidentified victim, the rest of whose body was found on November 19, , in the same part of Manorville where most of Jessica Taylor's remains were discovered.
The victim's torso was found wrapped in garbage bags and dumped in the woods near the intersection of Halsey Manor Rd and Mill Rd, adjacent to a set of power lines and a nearby power line access road. Her right foot had been cut off high above the ankle, possibly to conceal an identifying mark or tattoo.
In September , police released a composite sketch of "Jane Doe No. It is likely that she worked as a prostitute. Also discovered on April 4 at Gilgo Beach, very close to where the first four were discovered in December , was the body of what appeared to be a young Asian male who died from blunt-force trauma.
The third body found on April 4, about feet away from the partial remains of "Jane Doe No. The torso was found in a green plastic Rubbermaid container, which was dumped next to a road along the west side of the lake. Investigators reported that the victim had a tattoo of a heart-shaped peach with a bite out of it and two drips falling from its core on her left breast.
DNA analysis identified this victim as the mother of "Baby Doe. Also on April 11, at nearby Tobay Beach , a separate human skull and several teeth were recovered. She was a known hitchhiker. Her dismembered body was discovered by Department of Transportation workers on February 3 along the shoulder of the Southern State Parkway.
Her remains were placed in three separate plastic garbage bags, and were found a few miles north of the Robert Moses Causeway , which leads to Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach. A diamond ring that Foglia was known to wear was missing, and the DNA of an unknown male was found on the garbage bags. The victim had a tattoo of two cherries on her left breast that was similar in appearance to the tattoo found on Peaches, and was determined to have been stabbed to death.
Never identified, the victim is referred to as " Cherries " by investigators. One of her dismembered legs washed up at Cold Spring Harbor on March 21, and her other leg washed up at Oyster Bay in the village of Cove Neck the following day.
Named in the article was Tanya Rush, 39, a mother of three from Brooklyn whose dismembered body was found in a small suitcase in June on the shoulder of the Southern State Parkway in Bellmore, New York. She left for a client's residence in Oak Beach after midnight on May 1, She was last seen a short time later banging on the front door of a nearby Oak Beach residence and screaming for help before running off into the night.
Michael Baden agreed to conduct an independent autopsy of Shannan Gilbert's remains in hopes of determining a clear cause of death. Baden also noted that her body was found face-up, which is not common for drowning victims.
Despite this, her death is still officially listed as an accident. Later that day, Shannan's younger sister, Sarra Elizabeth Gilbert, was arrested and charged with the murder of her mother. The remains are believed to be of a woman between the ages of 20 and 30, possibly Asian. She was wearing a 22 karat gold pig pendant which may be a reference in some Asian cultures to "The Year of the Pig.
There was trauma caused to her bones; investigators believe she was buried before Hurricane Sandy in late Her case may be connected to the other 10 bodies found 32 miles away in and around Gilgo Beach.
Her car was found along Ocean Parkway and some of her clothes and belongings were found in the sand near Gilgo Beach the following day. Jugo was described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair.
She was last seen wearing a black robe, pink pajamas, gray hooded sweatshirt, black coat, and black boots. Police are unsure whether the case is connected to the victims of the Long Island Serial Killer. Jugo's family mentioned that she had "a history of problems in which she thought people were following her.