The human bones found last Tuesday in Oak Beach are the remains of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old New Jersey escort who went missing 19 months ago after an appointment in the beachfront community.
Suffolk Police issued a statement today about the DNA results and said the medical examiner has not yet determined a cause of death and that the investigation into what happened to Gilbert is continuing.
"I think it is obvious to all that the Suffolk County Police Department has expended an extraordinary amount of time and resources over the past year and a half to locate Shannan Gilbert," Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "Difficult terrain was searched and re-searched. The last leg involved amphibious vehicles and divers in wet suits who searched over a hundred acres of marshland. Our condolences to the Gilbert family and her friends. We hope this brings them closure and peace."
Dormer has stated he believes she may have drowned after running from her appointment in the early morning of May 1, 2010 when she was last seen by her driver, the client she visited and a local resident. Dormer does not believe the case is related to the 10 victims of a serial killer.
Earlier this week Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told the Suffolk County Legislature's public safety committee that he believes there is more than one killer in the serial killer investigation.