News: Update on Gilgo Beach Murders
(Long Island, N.Y.) In recent weeks the victims of the Gilgo Beach serial killer(s) were brought into focus as authorities attempted to obtain the identities of the five remaining unidentified remains. So far, half of the identities have been revealed and police and authorities have released two composite sketches of the unknown victims. New details about the case and images of the victims' jewelry have also been released.
The recent release of new information in the case has been the first press briefing since May. Police and authorities on the case are maintaining that there are still no suspects and are therefore treating the case as an open investigation. One of the victims is believed to have perished between five and ten years ago.
Investigators have identified that victim as an Asian man wearing women's clothing, and are saying that he was likely a prostitute. He was found missing two molars and one of his top front teeth. Experts on the case have estimated that he is between the ages of seventeen and twenty-three-years-old and stood at five-feet-and-six-inches tall.
The other sketch released was that of Jane Doe No. 6, who perished a lot like one of the identified victims, twenty-year-old Jessica Taylor. Like Taylor, She is believed to have been a prostitute working in the New York City area in the fall of 2000. Also like Taylor her partial remains, what was left of her torso, was discovered in Manorville in November of that year.
A decade later and forty-five-miles away on the Long Island Expressway her head, hands, and right foot were found scattered along Ocean Parkway and later linked through DNA analysis. She is believed to have been Caucasian and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. She had a tattoo on her right ankle, which was mutilated by the killer to conceal her identity, and stood around five-feet-and-two-inches tall.
Images of jewelry on an infant girl found near Cedar Beach, who investigators have estimated is between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four-months-old, were released along with photographs of her relative's bracelets. Police and authorities on the case say that there is a DNA link between the infant and other female remains, which were found ten miles away near Jones Beach State Park, and that the pair is likely mother and child. The jewelry was not distinct, and consisted of hoop earrings and a rope-style necklace found on the infant, with something that resembled snakeskin and X-O links between mock diamonds on the bracelets of the mother.
Investigators claimed that they were killed between one and five years ago. Also, partial remains found near Tobay Beach matched the severed legs wrapped in plastic that washed up thirty miles eastward fifteen years ago. On April 20th, 1996 those remains came ashore near the Davis Park Section of Fire Island.
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