Authorities release long-secret 911 calls in woman's death

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Police merchandise Shannan Gilbert 911 calls

Police merchandise long-secret 911 calls successful Shannan Gilbert's death 27:07

Two years aft a justice ordered the release of a 911 telephone that Shannan Gilbert made earlier she vanished, the Suffolk County Police Department released the afloat audio Friday. The SCPD besides played audio clips arsenic portion of a video montage with snippets of residents' 911 calls — arsenic good arsenic maps and different images — showing what authorities judge happened the nighttime that she disappeared, connected May 1, 2010.

"Shannan was a loving daughter, sister and a young pistillate who should person had her full beingness up of her," Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said astatine the commencement of the property conference. 

"Based connected the evidence, the facts, and the totality of the circumstances, the prevailing sentiment of Shannan's death, portion tragic, was not execution and astir apt not criminal," Harrison added. 

Investigators are hoping that releasing the 911 audio volition pb to answers successful the larger hunt for what immoderate telephone "The Long Island Serial Killer."

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Gilbert, a enactment idiosyncratic who had gone to a client's location successful the gated assemblage of Oak Beach, was leaving erstwhile she called 911. "There's idiosyncratic aft me," she is heard repeating to the operator. 

Her full call lasted much than 21 minutes, but portions of the telephone had thing but silence. 

By the clip the constabulary responded to her telephone an hr later, the 25-year-old pistillate had disappeared. 

Investigators were searching for Shannan erstwhile they recovered remains connected Gilgo Beach successful December 2010: Women successful their 20s who had been wrapped successful burlap sacks.

Known arsenic the Gilgo Four, they were aboriginal identified arsenic Maureen Brainard-Barnes, abducted successful 2007; Melissa Barthelemy successful 2009; and Megan Waterman and Amber Costello, who went missing successful 2010. Six much sets of remains were recovered on Ocean Parkway the pursuing spring. 

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In December 2011, much than 18 months aft she disappeared, respective of Shannan's belongings — including her purse, shoes and cellphone — were recovered successful the marsh 8 miles from Gilgo Beach. A week later, Shannan's skeletal remains were recovered astir a 4th mile from her belongings. 

Investigators backmost past said they didn't deliberation Shannan was murdered. Instead, based connected her 911 call, they theorized she mightiness person been precocious connected drugs and ran into the marsh, wherever she died of hypothermia oregon imaginable drowning.

Investigators besides spoke astir the backstage autopsy done by the Gilbert family. Although their pathologist believed the findings were accordant with homicide, the SCPD and the FBI behavioral portion judge it was a tragic accident, but were unfastened to immoderate caller information.

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