Who is Gilgo Beach suspect

A suspect has been arrested in the notorious Gilgo Beach murders of up to 10 women on Long Island, a source told The Post on Friday. Multiple sources also confirmed that a suspect was in custody to News 12 Long Island, which first reported the arrest, saying First Avenue in Massapequa Park was “just swamped with cops.” Suffolk County and state police, both at the scene, did not confirm the arrest, the outlet said. Gilgo Beach suspect is in police custody.

News 12 did not identify the suspect or detail what led to the reported breakthrough in what it called “one of the most intense and prolific searches for a serial killer.” A Suffolk County Police spokesperson could not confirm the arrest to The Post early Friday.

Law enforcement sources told News 12 Long Island that one person had been arrested in connection with the unsolved murders that terrorized the community in Suffolk County more than a decade ago. Groups of New York State and Suffolk County police officers were at the scene on First Avenue in Massapequa Park on Friday morning but did not confirm an arrest had been made, the local outlet reported.


The identity of the suspect is currently unknown and it is unclear what led to the sudden advance in the case more than a decade after bodies began washing up along remote beaches. The Gilgo Beach murders have long puzzled law enforcement officials in Suffolk County, who believed it could be the work of one or more serial killers who attacked the sex workers and dumped their bodies on the along the remote beaches of Ocean Parkway.

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The case began in May 2010 when Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old sex worker, disappeared after walking from a client’s home near Gilgo Beach. She called 911 for help saying she feared for her life and was never seen alive again. While searching for Ms. Gilbert in a dense thicket near the beach, police discovered the remains of another woman.

Within days, the remains of three other victims were found nearby. By spring 2011, the remains of a total of 10 victims had been found, including eight women, one man, and a young child. Ms. Gilbert’s body was found in December 2011. Her cause of death is widely disputed and authorities say it is not related to the serial killer or killers, but rather that she accidentally drowned while fleeing from the client’s house.


However, an independent autopsy commissioned by her family ruled that she died of strangulation and her mother believes that she was murdered. Like Ms. Gilbert, most of the victims attacked were sex workers. Four victims have yet to be identified more than 10 years after the discovery of their bodies. Various theories have been pondered over the years, but no one has ever been charged with the murders. Authorities previously said they believe three separate serial killers could be responsible for the killings over a period of around 20 years.

Fears of a serial killer were raised when the body of 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy was found along Ocean Parkway on December 11, 2010, and the remains of three other women were found in the days that followed. The so-called “Gilgo Four” (Barthelemy along with Megan Waterman, 22, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25) were found whole, wrapped in burlap in 2011, about a tenth of a mile apart. another on the beach.

By the spring of 2011, the number of bodies had risen to 10: eight women, as well as an unidentified man and a young child. The reported arrest on Friday came after the new Suffolk County Police Commissioner created a homicide investigative task force in Gilgo Beach in February of last year.


It included help from the state police, local sheriffs, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI. “I believe this case is solvable and identifying the person or persons responsible for these murders is a priority,” Commissioner Rodney Harrison, a former NYPD department chief, said at the time.Read More……

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