None of the eight bodies found on Ocean Parkway, including the three most recent sets of remains, are missing New Jersey woman Shannan Gilbert–the woman police were originally searching for when they found the first body at Gilgo Beach back in December 2010.
“It has been determined that the three most recent sets of remains, which were found on April 4, along Ocean Parkway are not those of Shannan Gilbert,” the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday. “The search of the area will continue tomorrow.”
The search in the Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach areas is continuing on Wednesday, April 6 and westbound Ocean Parkway will remain closed from the Captree Bridge to the Nassau County line.
Residents of Gilgo Beach, West Gilgo Beach, Oak Beach, Oak Island and Cedar Beach will be able to access their homes via the Robert Moses Causeway. Proof of residency will be required.
Police are advising motorists to find alternate routes and make every effort to avoid this area.
This week’s search, which has uncovered three additional bodies, follows the discovery last week of a fifth set of human remains west of Cedar Beach, about a mile east of Gilgo Beach, where four online escorts were found dead in December.
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Police found all five while searching for Gilbert, a 24-year-old missing prostitute from New Jersey last seen in Oak Beach last May.
Detectives suspect a serial killer could be responsible for the deaths, but have not identified any suspects.
More than 20 police academy recruits, three K-9 units, the marine bureau and emergency services units were involved along with New York State police. Local volunteer firefighters are aiding in the search as well.
The area borders on marshland and is thick with underbrush, terrain searchers have found difficult to maneuver.