Authorities in Suffolk County have ID’d a victim in the Gilgo Beach murders that have stumped investigators since its begun its probe a decade ago.
Detectives with the Suffolk County Police Department, along with the FBI, say forensic analysis helped ID the woman, referred to as “Jane Doe #6.” Her skeletal remains were found found scattered at two separate locations 50 miles apart: several on Long Island along Ocean Parkway in November 2000 and the remainder 11 years later in Manorville, the same town that happens to be where a suspect in the case had lived.
Details on the woman’s identification are expected to be announced “in the near future,” according to the department’s Facebook post.
Suffolk County Police said Jane Doe No. 6 was found nude on November 19th, 2000. Detectives believe she may have been left there in September of 2000. She’s described as Caucasian, between 18 to 35 years old, standing at 5 feet 2 inches, and with brown hair.
The case goes back to 2010 when ten bodies were found on the marshlands along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach, east of Jones Beach, while police were scouring for the whereabouts of a woman, Shannan Gilbert, who was reported missing. Her body was eventually found on Oak Beach, nine miles from Gilgo Beach. The discovery led to the discovery of eight more women, a toddler and a man the following year.
The other remains of Jane Doe #6 were first discovered at Gilgo Beach in April 2011, along with the remains of a female toddler estimated to be two years old. The skeletal remains of an unidentified man believed to be Asian and aged between 17 to 23 years old were also found. Two more sets of remains were found a week later, including a woman connected to the toddler.
Police believe the Gilgo Beach murders could be the work of one or three killers.
Robert Boyce, the former NYPD Chief of Detectives, told Newsday the news is a "breakthrough" that could lead to more evidence that includes cellphone records and credit card data.
The most recent break came in January when Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart showed photos of a portion of a black leather belt with the letters "HM" or "WH" that could link back to the killer.
The website set up by investigators has the latest information on the case and also regularly solicits input from the public with knowledge that can help their case. Tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at P3Tips.com or by phone at 1-800-220-TIPS.