Suffolk County police released a composite sketch Saturday evening of a woman whose remains were found along Ocean Parkway nearly a year ago and were linked to a pair of severed legs found on Fire Island 15 years prior.
The woman’s partial remains that the sketch was based on were found April 11 near Tobay Beach. Of 11 sets of human remains found east of Jones Beach State Park since December 2010, the woman is one of five that have yet to be identified. Her legs were found on Blue Point Beach near Davis Park on Fire Island in April 1996, police have said.
In September, police released sketches of a woman dubbed Jane Doe No. 6 and the only man among the remains found, John Doe No. 8. Police have yet to release sketches for the other two unidentified remains, including a woman also found April 11 closer to Jones Beach and a female toddler believed to be her daughter.
Last month—on the year anniversary of the discovery of three of the first four dead women near Gilgo Beach—police found the remains of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert of New Jersey, whose disappearance sparked the searches that led to the initial discoveries.
Investigators said at the time that they believe Gilbert drowned in the Oak Beach marshland after running away from her last client’s nearby home. Her family later called on the FBI to take the lead on the investigation, arguing police have botched the case.
Like Gilbert, the first four victims found advertised online as escorts. Those four are believed to be victims of a serial killer.
District Attorney Tom Spota recently criticized former Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer for telling the media he believes all 10 remains found besides Gilbert’s were victims of the same serial killer. Spota believes there are at least three killers at work.
Acting Commissioner Edward Webber recently took over for Dormer, who retired. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
Those with information can call detectives at 631-852-6396, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-8477, anonymously text “SCPD” to “CRIMES” (274637) or email info via www.tipsubmit.com. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, the largest reward in Suffolk history.