Shannan Gilbert ** Oak Beach, NY/Jersey City, NJ -- Deceased :(

Shannan Gilbert ** Oak Beach, NY/Jersey City, NJ  --  Deceased :(

Missing: May 1, 2010
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 124lbs
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Brown
Last seen in the area of Fairway Rd. Oak Beach, New York.
Last seen wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans, black low cut blouse and sandals.
Shannon has a small scar under her right eye
Tattoo of Cherries on left wrist and a scorpion tattoo on her back
Shannan is Bipolar and is known to use cocaine and marijuana as well as prescription drug.

Jersey City Police Dept - MPU
201-547-5427 or 201-547-5477

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Comment by Brenda on January 7, 2012 at 8:15am

Comment by Brenda on December 18, 2011 at 12:08am

Our Deepest Condolences to the family.  You are all in our prayers...

Comment by Brenda on December 18, 2011 at 12:06am

Long Island Beach Remains Identified as Shannan Gilbert

Skeletal remains found in an impassable tangle of swamp and thick brush on a Long Island, N.Y., barrier beach have been identified as Shannan Gilbert, the woman whose disappearance led to the discovery of what police say is a serial killer's burial ground.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains today, and though the cause of death is still undetermined, police have said they believed it was accidental.

The body was found last week about a quarter of a mile from where the 24-year-old Gilbert's purse, identification and shoes were located last week, near Oak Beach.

"[The homicide squad] were on an amphibious machine edging forward into thick brush when the homicide squad detective spotted the skeletal remains lying on the surface of the ground," "Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said after the remains were found.

Oak Beach is on a barrier island along the South Shore of Long Island, separating the Atlantic Ocean from South Oyster Bay. In the summer the ocean beaches are crowded, but in winter the beaches are largely deserted.

Dormer called the area where the body was found a "very tough, desolate, tangled mess."
He said that Gilbert could have likely been able to see the lights on a nearby parkway and attempted to go in that direction, but that she did not get very far in the marshy, tough ramble.
"If it is Shannan Gilbert, then her location is indicative of her trying to make it to the causeway, which is northeast of where her remains were found," Dormer said.

"There's no way Shannan Gilbert could have gotten through that brush to make it to the parkway," Dormer said. "If somebody is disoriented and anxious and running, it certainly would take a toll on you."

Gilbert, 24, was last seen in May 2010 apparently running from someone near today's search area. On the night of her disappearance, witnesses told police Gilbert did not appear to be acting rationally.

"It appeared at first when they searched that there's no way anyone could get in there," Dormer said. "We went in with the idea that we were going to do this one last time to see if we can find anything and we did."

"It is certainly a sad day for the Gilbert family and our condolences go out to that family on the death of their daughter," Dormer said.

The search for Gilbert led to the discovery of 10 sets of dismembered bodies that are believed to have been the victims of a serial killer, but Gilbert's death is not believed to be linked to the other 10 deaths.

Detectives believe a single killer is responsible for the dismembered bodies of young women, a male transvestite and a toddler found dumped along a pristine stretch of Long Island's south shore from 1996 to 2010.

Police believe that all 10 of the victims were linked to the sex trade, with DNA indicating that the toddler was the likely daughter of one of the victims.

It was the search for Craigslist escort Gilbert that yielded the grisly discoveries. Gilbert disappeared the previous May after meeting a client in nearby Oak Beach.
"Our theory is that this is a coincidence. She went missing in Oak Beach and this has nothing to do with the serial killer," Dormer has said.

ABC News' Josh Einiger and Christina Ng coontributed to this report.

Comment by Brenda on December 6, 2011 at 8:43am

By KIRSTIN COLE | @colekirstin
8:10 p.m. EST, December 5, 2011

NEW YORK (PIX11)— The search for Long Island's serial killer continues to stymy cops.

The FBI and Suffolk County Police Dept. (SCPD) have been analyzing aerial photos for months taken of miles along Long Island's south shore. Yet despite having searched virtually the entire area multiple times, and having more than 90 people of interest identified, search teams came up empty-handed Monday.

Three dozen police officers along with cadaver dogs worked the underbrush in the Ocean, Bay and Wantagh Parkway areas today. This, after 8 months of analyzing aerial photos taken by the FBI of the serial killer's grave sites, and having already searched most of the areas in the now year-long investigation.

Suffolk County Police Department Inspector Stuart Cameron said simply at a press conference called along the side of Ocean Parkway, "No additional items of evidence of significance were found today."

None of the officers, from Nassau County and the State Police would comment when asked if the search has frustrated them. They just repeated the basic facts of the day.

"Every area has been searched to some degree," said Inspector Cameron, referring to areas along Ocean, Bay, and Wantaugh parkways since the searches first began in December, 2010.

While police are looking for breaks in the serial murder case, they are also working to find 24-year-old Shannon Gilbert, of Jersey City, who disappeared after she was seen fleeing a client's house in a gated Oak Beach community a year and half ago.

It was the search for her that sparked one of the more gruesome finds in Long Island's history, the bodies of 10 murder victims, 8 women, a toddler girl and an Asian man dressed in women's clothing. All are believed to be sex workers. Only half of them have been identified, including Melissa Barthelemy of Buffalo. The shallow grave police discovered her in was just feet from Ocean Parkway's edge. A family attorney says the killer used Melissa's cell phone to taunt her family with 7 calls after murdering her.

Steve Cohen, the Barthelemy Family attorney described the killer. "He is cold. He is very precise, he is very disciplined. And he is the quintessential monster."

The 10 victims, their murders stretching over 15 years, are believed to be the work of just one killer. Suffolk County's Police Chief recently spoke of the excruciatingly slow pace of the investigation. "We are looking at phone records, data records. This is not an episode of CSI, where it all gets wrapped up in an hour. Science takes time, investigations take time," said Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

Attorney Cohen went even further. "He's getting better and better at it. He's very comfortable doing what he's doing."

In addition to looking for Gilbert, police are trying to track down any additional evidence that could help them find this serial killer. Their investigation now centers around identifying the remaining five victims, whose family and friends could provide police with vital new clues into who the killer is. If only police can unravel those mysteries first.

Comment by Brenda on October 23, 2011 at 9:39pm
Happy Birthday Shannan..
Comment by Brenda on October 23, 2011 at 9:38pm
Family, Friends Hold Vigil For Missing Woman Feared Victim Of LI Serial Killer
October 23, 2011 2:08 PM

OAK BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Family and friends of a missing woman feared to be the victim of a possible serial killer met on a Long Island beach on Sunday for what would have been the woman’s 24th birthday.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reports

Shannon Gilbert has been missing for more than a year, but her friends and family have not given up hope.

“You know we have to keep this story out there,” family friend Michelle Cutler said at a vigil on Oak Beach, Long Island.

Police have discovered what are believed to be the remains of 10 victims along the south shore stretch of Long Island, but Gilbert’s body was not among them. The investigation is still going on.

Cutler said despite the fact that they still don’t know Gilbert’s whereabouts, the birthday remains important.

“They need support and if I can help them do that, then that’s why I’m here,” she said.
Comment by Brenda on October 19, 2011 at 11:13am
Is Long Island Serial Killer Victim Helping Cops Beyond the Grave?

Posted by Cynthia Dermody on April 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM

In all the talk about the Long Island "Jack the Ripper" case and the four murdered women already identified, one name is standing out: Shannan Maria Gilbert. She's the 24-year-old New Jersey woman who went missing last May and started this whole ball rolling. Without the search for Gilbert, police would not have discovered the four decomposing bodies in Oak Beach, Long Island last December, nor the four more discovered over the weekend about a half-mile away, leading authorities to believe that a serial killer is on the loose on the South Shore.

The case is being named after the famous "Jack the Ripper" murders in London in the 1800s because all of the victims so far have been prostitutes, as was Gilbert.

But here's where the mystery deepens: Shannan Gilbert was not one of the bodies found last December. She was not one of the bodies found this past weekend. So where is she?

Police being interviewed on the TV and radio said they fully expected Gilbert to be one of the four recent bodies. It makes perfect sense based on the last time Gilbert was seen alive on May 1, 2010, in the same general area off Ocean Parkway near Cedar Beach where the bodies were found.

Gilbert, who charged $250 an hour, drove to the small town on Long Island's South Shore with a driver, supposedly her pimp, to see a client she had arranged to meet on Craigslist -- another common denominator with the four previous victims.

She stayed a few hours in the residence of her john, only to emerge at 5 a.m. in the morning in total hysterics. She ran out of the house and called 911 in a call that lasted 23 minutes. Police believed her to be drunk and delusional -- she was reportedly bipolar and a known drug abuser. Then she knocked on a neighbor's door, who also called police. Gilbert was last seen running down the road around 6 a.m., about five minutes before cops arrived. They were too late.

Gilbert hasn't been seen since that night. One can only believe that she met some type of sinister end at the hands of the LI Ripper or another fiend, which would be incredibly sad. Looking at her picture, Gilbert was a troubled but beautiful young woman who didn't have to choose this path in life, who could have had a different future someday.

Whether you believe in life after death or the supernatural or not, you can't dismiss the fact that Gilbert is responsible for leading police to the beach where a police dog on a training exercise smelled a decaying body.

That her body was not one of the ones found last winter or last weekend makes me wonder if she's not ready to be found just yet, that she has more work to do -- possibly from beyond the grave -- to bring this heinous individual to justice and finally put the spirits of his or her victims, including Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Megan Waterman, 22, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 28, and Melissa Barthelemy, 24, to rest once and for all.

An even eerier footnote: A psychic hired by Brainard-Barnes' family about a year ago told police exactly where the woman's body would be found, in a shallow grave overlooking the water.

Do you think Shannan Gilbert fell victim to the LI Jack the Ripper?
Comment by Brenda on September 24, 2011 at 4:28pm
Comment by Brenda on July 12, 2011 at 1:32pm
LI killer probe: "48 Hours" has new details

(CBS News) "48 Hours Mystery" reveals new, exclusive details tonight about the investigation of a suspected serial killer on New York's Long Island. "48 Hours" Correspondent Erin Moriarty shared a preview of the episode on "The Early Show."
In the early morning hours of May 1, 2010 Shannan Gilbert, a 23-year-old escort, disappeared in the dark shadows of a gated community in Oak Beach, Long Island. Shannan's sister, Sherre, says Shannan made a panicked call to 911 and was seen running along the roads, Moriarty reported.

"48 Hours: Mystery": The Long Island Serial Killer

"She was in fear of her life that night," Sherre told CBS News. "And that was it. She just disappeared into the night."

Six months later, the search for Shannan lead to a gruesome discovery: four female victims, their burlap-wrapped bodies dumped on a secluded stretch of beach on Long Island.

Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said following the discovery, "We could have a serial killer."
One-by-one, the bodies were identified. Shannan Gilbert was not one of them. But, like Shannan, all the victims worked as online escorts, and they all went missing while going to meet clients.

Lynn Barthelemy's 24-year-old daughter, Melissa, was last seen in New York City, more than a year-and-a-half earlier.

Lynn Barthelemy said, "My fiance and I were actually watching televising when - where they found the bodies. And we just looked at each other and we started crying. We just - we had a sinking feeling that it was her."

Now, it is one of the largest criminal investigations in Long Island's history. But when Melissa Barthelemy vanished, even the family's attorney, Steven Cohen, could not get the New York City Police Department to take notice.

"I contacted them," Cohen said. "And they said, 'She's a hooker. She's a prostitute. She was - she's an escort. We're not going to assign a detective to this."

About a week after Melissa Barthelemy disappeared, her 15-year-old sister, Amanda, got a call from Melissa's phone.

Lynn Barthelemy said, "When Amanda answered the phone, you know, she was so excited. 'Oh my God, Melissa's finally calling me.' And then, there's a guy on the other end."

Cohen added, "And this voice is saying, 'Oh, this isn't Melissa.' He was soft-spoken and had a very controlled and comfortable manner of speech, which made his horrific messages all the more devastating. And he began to toy with her. And for the very first time, she heard the voice of the killer."

Lynn Barthelemy said of the caller, "All I can say is, he's sick. And he's gonna make a mistake. And we're gonna catch him."

Moriarty discussed the case on "The Early Show." Click on the video for her insights into the case.

You can catch "48 Hours: Mystery: Long Island Serial Killer" tonight on CBS at 10/9c. Moriarty will be on Facebook during and after the "48 Hours Mystery" show, along with family members of two victims. To join in, go to the "48 Hours Mystery" Facebook page.
Comment by Brenda on July 9, 2011 at 9:38am
Crime show to air story of missing Jersey City woman Shannan Gilbert
Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 3:00 AM

The case of missing Jersey City woman Shannan Gilbert will be featured on an upcoming episode of “48 Hours Mystery” on CBS.

According to posts on the Praying for Shannan Maria Gilbert Facebook page, which is run by Gilbert’s family, the special will air on July 12 at 10 p.m.
Gilbert’s sister Sherre said that CBS asked the Gilbert family if they could do the special and have been working on the project since March. She also added that CNN and NBC have been working on similar programs that have not yet aired.

Gilbert, who worked as a prostitute, disappeared in May 2010 after meeting with a client on Long Island.

Although she has been missing for more than a year, her family has not given up hope, as reflected by a recent post on their Facebook page: “We’ve reached 705 ‘likes’ . . . Thank you all so much for your constant dedication & support! Remember the more people spread the word, the more likely someone may have seen her & will come forward. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers tonight.”


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