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Shannon Gilbert Photo by: Google Images

Search for Shannan Gilbert and serial killer on Long Island continues despite ‘red herrings’

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Shannon Gilbert Photo by: Google Images

Police have uncovered missing Shannon Gilbert’s pocketbook, ID, clothing, shoes, and a cellphone during their continuing search at Oak Beach in Long Island.

Since the first victim was discovered on December 11 2010, police have received more than 1,200 tips, averaging around 100 per month, or three per day, LongIslandPress.com reports.

“The detectives on the task force are sorting through all these tips and determining which ones are useful and which ones are not,” said Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

Gilbert, a 24-year-old New Jersey prostitute, went missing in May 2010 and was last seen reportedly running towards the beach. The search for her body led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains along the Ocean Parkway.
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Irish born, Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced last week that the police now suspect a single killer. This week, police have been actively searching the scene where Shannan Gilbert was last seen, in May 2010. Dormer has said he does not believe that Gilbert was slain by the suspected serial killer.

Searchers found Gilbert’s purse with her ID and sources say possibly her jeans, shoes, and a cell phone in a marshy area this week.

Here is a list of all the victims as reported by LongIslandPress.com

-Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of the Bronx: last seen July 12, 2009 in the Bronx, found in Gilgo Beach on Dec. 11, 2010.
-Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon: last seen Sept. 2, 2010 in North Babylon, found in Gilgo Beach Dec. 13, 2010.
-Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine: last seen June 6, 2010 in Hauppauge, found in Gilgo Beach Dec. 13, 2010.
-Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn.: last seen July 9, 2007 in Manhattan, found in Gilgo Beach Dec. 13, 2010.
-Jessica Taylor, 20: last seen July 21, 2003 in Manhattan. Body found July 26, 2003 in Manorville; head and limbs found in Cedar Beach on March 29, 2011.
-Jane Doe No. 6: Body found Nov. 19, 2000 in Manorville; head and limbs found in Cedar Beach on April 4, 2011.
-Jane Doe No. 7, a female toddler between 18 to 24 months old found in Cedar Beach on April 4, 2011, believed to be the daughter of a woman whose partial remains were found near Jones Beach.
-John Doe No. 8, an Asian man in his teens or 20s wearing women’s clothing, found in Gilgo Beach on April 4, 2011.
-Unidentified woman’s skeletal remains found 1 ½ miles east of the Jones Beach water tower on April 11, 2011, possibly the mother of the toddler.
-Unidentified woman’s skull found near Tobay Beach on April 11, 2011. Her legs were found in 1996 on Fire Island.

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