The fifth set of remains found on Gilgo Beach, Long Island are not those of missing prostitute Shannan Gilbert. The grisly find of the body may be connected to four women murdered in Atlantic City and dumped in one location during a month long period.
Suffolk County homicide detectives have notified Gilbert's family that her body was not found, according to a statement released by the police. The investigation into her disappearance continues.
Skeletal remains were found in the marsh and wooded areas in Oak Beach and along Ocean Parkway in Babylon, in close proximity to the other bodies. The Homicide Task Force is continuing the investigation of the remains found on March 29 as well as the investigation of the deaths of four women found off Ocean Parkway in December 2010, police said. Those women have been identified as: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Ct.; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Erie County, N.Y.; Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, N.Y.
The search for Gilbert had been delayed due to severe weather and snowy conditions, according to police.
The Suffolk County Police homicide, canine, marine, and aviation sections were brought into play as her body was removed from the scene.
Detectives ask anyone with information to contact theHomicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
The case is eerily similar to the four bodies of women murdered in Atlantic City. In both cases the women were working as prostitutes at the time of their abduction and murder. Their bodies had all be found in close proximity of each other in one dumping ground area.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel has stated he will not comment on another investigation. His detectives and police are still investigating the murders in Atlantic City. Housel has previously stated he does not consider this a cold case.