(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – A person believed to be connected to a famous series of unsolved murders, known as the Gilgo Beach murders, has been arrested in Long Island, New York, according to a police official. The official, who wanted to stay anonymous, provided this information to The Associated Press on Friday.
The Gilgo Beach murders have been in the public eye for over a decade since human remains were discovered along a beach highway in New York. This unresolved case has made national news repeatedly and was even the topic of a Netflix movie in 2020 called “Lost Girls.”
Late on Thursday, the suspect was arrested in a town called Massapequa. On Friday, detectives were at a house related to the investigation. The name of the suspect was not immediately shared.
The investigation has been ongoing since 2010 and 2011 when the bodies of 11 individuals were found, mainly young women who were sex workers. These murders have confused seasoned detectives for years, despite changes in police leadership. In an attempt to solve the case, an interagency task force was formed last year, made up of investigators from the FBI and state and local police departments.
Rodney Harrison, the Suffolk County Police Commissioner, said creating the Gilgo Beach task force represented a revived effort to solve these cold cases. John Ray, a lawyer representing the families of two victims, Shannan Gilbert and Jessica Taylor, was cautiously optimistic about the police’s actions.
The initial investigation was prompted by the disappearance of Gilbert in 2010. She was a 24-year-old sex worker who vanished after leaving a client’s house in Oak Beach. Several months later, while a police officer and his dog were searching for Gilbert’s body, they discovered the remains of another woman. Soon after, three more bodies were found nearby.
By spring 2011, the number of discovered remains had increased to 10, including eight women, one man, and one toddler. Some of these remains were later connected to dismembered body parts found in other areas of Long Island. This made the case even more complex.
Gilbert’s body was eventually found in December 2011, about three miles from where the other bodies were discovered. Over the years, investigators have stated multiple times that it is unlikely that one person is responsible for all these murders.
This latest development comes after state police received a report about skeletal remains found in a wooded area off the Southern State Parkway in Islip. It’s unclear if these remains are linked to the Gilgo Beach case.