December 17th, 2011

Bones found in a coastal wetland on Long Island last week are the remains of Shannan Gilbert, a missing woman who worked as a prostitute, investigators confirmed Saturday.

Ms. Gilbert, who was from New Jersey, disappeared in May 2010 after fleeing from a client’s home in Oak Beach, a small community on one of the barrier islands that line Long Island’s Atlantic coast.

She was last seen racing into the night toward the marsh where her remains were discovered Tuesday.

The Suffolk County police announced on Tuesday that they were all but certain they had found Ms. Gilbert’s body. On Saturday, the department said the county’s medical examiner had confirmed its suspicion. A cause of death was not yet determined.


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