Family still hopes to find Shannan Gilbert

Suffolk County police searched through thick brambles in the area around Gilgo Beach.

Suffolk County police confirmed yesterday that none of the three human remains found between Gilgo and Oak beaches on Monday are those of Shannan Gilbert, the Jersey City prostitute who was last seen four miles away from the gruesome discoveries in May.

“I’m hanging in there but I’m frustrated and heartbroken,” said a family member of Gilbert’s, who preferred not to give her name. “I’m glad to hear that the other bodies will be identified and bring closure to their families.

“But I fantasize and day-dream every day that Shannan will walk through my door and say ‘I was kidnapped,’ but I’m fine now,’” she added sadly.

Police are set to resume their search along the barrier beach today, after eight bodies have been found in the area. Suffolk County police previously said they suspect a serial killer.

But Dottie Laster, a human-trafficking expert from Texas who was hired to locate Gilbert and is working closely with her family, believes Gilbert, as well as the other prostitutes whose bodies were found at the beach, could be victims of human trafficking.

“A man who profited from their sexual acts physically abused … these women or someone close to them,” said Laster.

“Murder and prostitution usually go hand in hand with trafficking,” she said.

Suffolk County police, however, are not ruling out their search for a serial killer. But until the recent three sets of human remains are identified, they  won’t be able to connect the killings, a police source told Metro.

Gilgo residents on edge

Meanwhile, residents of Gilgo Beach remain on edge.

 “I honestly know, unfortunately, it could be someone who grew up in this area, and to me that’s frightening,” Gilgo Beach resident Adrienne Smith told Metro. “You could be playing next to a kid in the ocean and that kid could grow up to be a serial killer. That’s what is scary to me.” –Natalie Placek/Metro



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

Movies

Fall Movie Preview: 10 films to see this…

Despite being awards season, the next four months bring a glut of remakes, rehashes and sequels. Here are 10 that should be better worth your time.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…