YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — One of the bodies discovered in an isolated area of Gilgo Beach last month has been positively identified as a Maine woman who disappeared last year.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said the remains are those of Megan Waterman, a 22-year-old from Scarborough, Maine. Dormer and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said they were very close to identifying the other remains.

Authorities have collected DNA samples and medical records from other families who contacted them after the remains were discovered in December.

“It’s a little bit of closure but it’s harder than we thought it was going to be,” Nicole Haycock, who is dating Waterman’s brother, told 1010 WINS. “Yesterday was her birthday so it makes it that much worse.”

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports police have positively identified a victim found on Gilgo Beach

WCBS 880 Reporter Sophia Hall gets latest from Suffolk County DA.

Waterman, who advertised her escort services on Craigslist, was last seen in early June at a Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge where she went with her boyfriend. The hotel is about 15 miles from where the bodies were found.

Family members became worried about Waterman after not hearing from her during a trip to New York in early June, her mother, Lorraine Ela, said at the time the bodies were discovered. Waterman always called three times a day to speak to her 4-year-old daughter, Liliana, but the last call came on the night of June 5, she said.

When police searched the hotel room they found Waterman’s clothing, makeup, cell phone and other belongings, Ela said.

“We had a feeling that this is how it was going to turn out just because Megan is so strong-willed, and she’s a fighter and we didn’t think they would’ve kept her around that long,” Haycock said. “Megan would’ve fought to get out she would’ve done anything she could have to get back here with her daughter.”

Police accidentally discovered the four bodies along a stretch of the Oak Beach community between Gilgo and Cedar beaches in December while following up on a missing persons report for alleged prostitute Shonnan Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, who disappeared in May.

Detectives believe the four were killed elsewhere and then taken to the site, a narrow strip of land that divides the Great South Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The four-lane parkway runs through the middle, connecting Jones Beach State Park with several state- and town-run beaches to its east.

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Comments (35)


  2. Leah M says:

    Regardless of an individual’s walk in life, profession, or life decisions, no one deserves to have their life taken away from them. People, let’s have a little compassion here. This young woman could have very well been your own daughter or sister. People sometimes lose their way in life; by all means, this does not mean they do not deserve to be murdered. May justice be served and may this young woman rest in peace.

    1. Leah M says:

      AH, sorry, typo. I meant to say this does not mean they deserve to be murdered.

  3. sk says:

    i feel terribel for this poor family. This is something difficult to bear. We do need to prevent these things from happening. Young woemn should learn about avoiding situations that can be dangerous. Yes anyoen can get killed, but we still have to make an effort. Anyoen meeting soemoen on line should be with a buddy/ or soemoen you trust. you never know who you are meeting! I wish there was more support out there to help! Please encourage this!

  4. The Good Samaritan says:

    The police never said why she was in MLong Island I mean

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  5. The Good Samaritan says:

    The police never said why she was in Maine

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  6. ricky bobby says:

    good leads … cell phone found, BF known, local surveillance cams in hauppague.
    this case will crack in time

  7. kristin T says:

    I know i only met you a couple times but this is no way to go at least you were found rest in peace gurl.

  8. THA FACTS R says:

    feel bad for her, and her daughter,,

  9. jay bee says:

    Regardless of what she did for a living, no one deserves to be killed! No one has any right to judge any one. Look at yourself, before you judge any one. Only God can judge us!

  10. marge says:

    I could care less..these women meet up with strangers and put themselves at risk. As far as I am concerned they caused their own deaths!

    1. someone who cares says:

      Everyday we come incontact with strangers in everything we do , anything can happen …. so i just think that was heart less comment to make..

  11. someone who cares says:

    It’s a terrable thing what happen to these ladys, no matter what they have chosen to do for money, it doesnt make it ok to take a life of a mother, daughter, sister or friend of someone who was love..My heart aches for the people in these ladys lifes.

  12. Kim says:

    It seems so tragic that the only way this young lady thought she could earn money was to be an escort. Wasn’t there a walmart nearby? A young beautiful girl gets the idea to sell herself on Craigslist.
    God rest her soul.

  13. carole says:

    what kind of “boyfriend” would be ok with a 22 year old – who was the MOTHER of a child – working as an escort? I wonder how he sleeps at night. No one, no matter how “careful” she may be, is safe doing this kind of work. So sad.

  14. Captain Obvious says:

    Escorting is a dangerous business. I have friends who escort and they take as many precautions as they can to make sure they are safe. But I still worry about them and always pray for their safety.

    So many escorts are truly wonderful, intelligent, and caring young ladies.

    You may not agree with their choice of profession, but they still deserve our prayers for safety. None of them deserve to be hurt. Stay safe girls!!!

    1. Robert says:

      I wish there was a like button for comments

  15. c smith says:

    What does it matter, why was she on long island etc etc, a 22 year old person was killed regardless what she was doing, no one deserves to be killed

  16. Ethan Kavet says:

    From the look of the picture it seems as though she took her own obituary picture.. How sad.

    1. Robert says:

      What the hell kind of comment is that?

  17. JOebob says:

    the article also clearly stated that she was last seen at a hotel in LI…so again the question, what was she doing on Long Island.

    did you get your GED yet?

  18. Roy says:

    Why didn’t her boyfriend(pimp) report her missing,and where is he now?

  19. mae jane says:

    Escort services is a dangerous business May she rest in Peace.

  20. GEORGE says:


    1. caroline says:

      What’s the difference between a 20 dollar corner girl and a 500 dollar escort? All the same thing except for the price.

  21. HuhRyeZen says:

    The Good Samaritan??? Well, here is a question for you TGS: Do you even READ the articles you comment on? You ask “What was she doing in Long Island?” The investigation and evidence clearly show that the four bodies were killed elsewhere and disposed of in LI. Clearly implied in the article–try reading (or maybe try getting your GED)?

    1. cantkeepquiet says:

      Hello. Hauppauge is part of Long Island! The article says she was last seen in a Hauppauge hotel. Maybe you need to brush up on your geography before you slam other people. Long Island is approx. 113 miles long.

    2. JOebob says:

      I hope you land on your head when you fall off your high horse….

      the article clearly states she stayed in a hotel on LI….so again, why was she on LI?

      do you have your GED yet?

  22. Grace12_34 says:

    I wonder what they told that poor little girl when she asks for her mother. RIP

  23. Chris McDonough says:

    Pray for her young daughter and all the family. They have the hardest of times now. So tragic. But at least they can have closure. I hope they can find the killer.

  24. The Good Samaritan says:

    What was she doing in Long Is?
    The Good Samaritan has spoken,

    Condolences to the family.

    1. ilvedanny05 says:

      Why do you always ask what people are doing and why they were where they were. What are you doing always commenting? You really should just mind your own buisness.

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        u shut up
        The Good Samaritan has spoken,

  25. aldous huxley says:

    Very sad for this young woman. Prayers to the family – hopefully they can get a sense of closure now. Very very sad 🙁

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