GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Investigators expanded their search Tuesday of a remote, densely overgrown stretch of a Long Island barrier island as they searched for more victims of a possible serial killer.

It was also determined Tuesday that the three most recent sets of remains, which were found on Monday along Ocean Parkway, were not those of Shannan Gilbert of Jersey City.  Authorities will continue their search of the area on Wednesday.

“I’m just shocked,” Sherre Gilbert, the sister of the missing woman, told the Associated Press.  “I am still hoping for the best outcome.”

Shannan Gilbert was not a match to any of the three bodies found Monday. 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports.

Suffolk County Beach Search - Credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS

Suffolk County Beach Search - Credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS

CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports the grim search expanded with 16 K-9 units working a grid across Ocean Parkway — from the bay side of Gilgo to the ocean bluffs of Oak Beach, combing through thick bramble, angry brush, filled with ticks and poison ivy. It is the sandy graveyard where eight bodies were secretly dumped — some of their remains discovered wrapped in burlap.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Poison Ivy, Ticks, Heavy Brush, Rain, Wind, And Fog

The question now is: are there more victims out there?

It’s not clear yet to investigators if the remains are connected, but forensic experts said it appeared to be the work of a serial killer.

“It’s not just a pattern. It’s rituals, and the rituals including killing young women,” said Dr. Charles Bahn, psychology professor at John Jay College. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised. It could be two men who do this together — one of them doing the killing and the other much more interested in the sex.”

“He successfully buried many of the bodies. We’re still discovering them apparently and we find them after a long period of time.  What we do find is that they tend to be in similar places and in similar postures,” Bahn added.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones speaks with a forensic scientist about the killings

The investigation has turned the Gilgo and Oak Beach communities into places of worry and dread.

“It’s becoming notorious over here between all the police and the action going. We didn’t used to lock our doors here; now we lock doors,” Oak Beach homeowner Donald McLaughlin told CBS 2’s McLogan.

McLaughlin lives on the ocean. He and his neighbors are unnerved. Some are putting their houses up for sale in this tiny beachfront enclave where Gilbert disappeared last May from a client’s home. She was last by a resident who called 9-1-1.

Police were searching for Gilbert when they unearthed the remains of four other women – all in their 20s– in December. They were all prostitutes listed on Craiglist.

A fifth body turned up last week, and then on Monday there was the discovery of three more sets of remains added to the gruesome mystery.

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So now everyone is wondering who is responsible for these heinous crimes.

“Somebody very sick,” Oak Beach resident Blaise Cuff said. “These kinds of things are atrocious.”

Forensic anthropologists from the New York City crime lab examined the newest remains and late Tuesday announced DNA testing proved none is a match to Gilbert. The investigation is ongoing, but detectives are tight lipped about leads and clues.

One resident told McLogan a K-9 officer searching right in the neighborhood wouldn’t speak to the residents. Residents said they are upset because they are not getting the proper information.

“No, not at all. We’d like to know what’s going on,” Jill Korman said.

Is enough being done to stop the suspected serial killer? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (15)
  1. Neil says:

    maybe about 300-400 missing they assume they just moved. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Ellia says:

    What if Shannan Gilbert herself is the killer?

  3. Rebecca says:

    I think a cop is there killer who can see the bodies,laying in thick under growth bush.mmmm,and from just driving down the road,the 2 cops can see everthing ? So who else thinks the same way !

  4. J says:

    Shannan Gilbert. Shannan Gilbert. Shannan Gilbert. What about the other bodies? Shannan Gilbert, as sure as there is a sun and and a moon is dead. On with the investigation. Shannan Gilbert is not more important than the other bodies. Is she?

    1. beats723 says:

      because i am assuming once they find her they will be making an arrest

  5. joehanna says:

    Welcome to Suffolk County where the resident criminals roam unhindered. Let the FBI – not the Suffolk County FBI office- handle the investigation. Why? Wouldn’t surprise anyone if SCPD were protecting someone; yet again.

    1. beats723 says:

      your a dope who obv doesn’t know much about the scpd homicide dept or the suffolk county crime lab considering its one of the top ones in the nation. But ya know scpd protects serial killers

  6. Jack Meehof says:

    NOT funny, Nate. You just jinxed yourself. Or rather a female relative. But don’t feel guilty, you are morbidly humorous.

    1. nathan says:

      Jack I did not post this. Someone is posting all over this site and using my name. Not sure why.

  7. Jazzie says:

    No of couse not there prostitutes they don’t count in our society. Something should of been done when the found the first ones. I remember Nancy Grace doing a whole show on this 2010 when the policeman found the first set of bodies, Why wasn’t nothing done then. Shame on you

  8. Schmellma Arss says:

    Nice doggie!

  9. ziippy magoo says:

    Wonder if Phil Markoff ever made it out this way?

  10. Greg says:

    Several days ago, I penned an open letter to my counterparts in the classified ad business, challenging them to follow me in imposing new policies to make their sites safer.

    Not surprisingly, none of them has yet to respond to my letter. After all, the changes that I’m suggesting are not easy ones for the site owners to make. Ridding their sites of personal ads and other adult-oriented categories that run amok with criminal activity could impact their bottom lines. More…

  11. Big Nard says:

    How come no one reported some of these prosties missing?

    1. CB1173 says:

      I would be interested to know how many girls/prostitutes in the tri-state area are missing.

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