The lone male victim of the Long Island Serial Killer who first came into prominence in 2010 remains unidentified.
The case came back into the public eye after police released 911 tapes Friday connected to the death of Shannan Gilbert, 24, reports the Daily Mail.
The bodies of four women were found during the search for Gilbert, an escort who hysterically phoned 911 claiming someone was after her. All four of the women found in December 2010 on Gilgo Beach were also escorts. They were found all near each other and have been connected to the Long Island Serial Killer.
Authorites would later find four other victims on March 29 and April 4, 2011 – 3 women and a toddler.
Also on April 4, according to Wikipedia, authorities found the body of John Doe, an unidentified Asian male, also on Gilgo Beach. Described as biologically male, they found him wearing women’s clothing.
The DOE Network indicates he’s between 17 – 23 years of age and that it’s possible he may have lived as a woman. He is also believed to be a victim of the Long Island Serial Killer.
“It is possible that this particular victim was a sex worker and may have been killed after it was found out by the killer that the victim was not a cisgender woman,” said the DOE Network.
Police still maintain that Gilbert’s death is a tragic accident and is not connected to the Long Island Serial Killer. They believe she got lost in the woods and died from the elements.
“The Suffolk County Police Department is open to evaluate any evidence to be able to help us, and all involved, determine a definite cause of death,” Homicide Section Commanding Officer D/Lt. Kevin Beyrer said to NBC NY. “However, based on the evidence, the facts and the totality of the circumstances, the prevailing opinion is that Shannan’s death, while tragic, was not a murder and was most likely an accident.”
A family attorney for the Gilberts says the police conclusion defies all evidence.
Gilbert’s driver, Michael Pak, drove her to see a client. Pak’s voice is heard on the 911 call asking her if she is OK. Pak and another male voice are heard trying to get Gilbert to leave the client’s home. Gilbert is heard asking Pak if he’s going to kill her. Pak asks her if she’s crazy and says “you’re freaking me out.”
Gilbert runs out of the client’s home and knocks on a neighbor’s door, Gus Colletti, pleading for help. She then runs away. Colletti then calls 911 himself telling police there’s a woman in need of assistance.
Gilbert then knocks on the door of Barbara Brennan again asking for help. She too called 911 reporting a woman in danger.
Gilbert is last seen running into the marsh disoriented. Her body was found 19 months later in December 2011.
“The audiotapes compellingly establish that Shannan Gilbert acted rationally and did not die in a tragic accident in a marsh that was impenetrable that the Suffolk County police are saying,'”said Gilbert family attorney John Ray. “She was murdered and her body was placed there. The evidence is overwhelming.”
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