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Dennis Clark. No new search has begun today and the Suffolk County Police Mobile Command Unit pulled out of the site just after 6 p.
Police said they plan to discuss widening the investigation with the FBI. As chilling new details emerged about the murderer, relatives of one possible victim told The Post that cops believe they may already have a crucial lead in the sensational case — the identity of the last john the woman was with. They include hooker Shannan Gilbert, 24, who placed a harrowing call the day she disappeared, telling an emergency operator that she feared for her life and was trying to get away from a john.
Police, however, said an early analysis shows Gilbert, who vanished in May, may not be one of the victims, although investigators have not ruled it out. Help me!
Mari Gilbert, 43, said she has been in touch with investigators, but they ignored the case for months — taking it seriously only when it began to look this week like she was the victim of a serial killer.
The source said the john — whose name was not released — has stuck to his story that Gilbert was at his house for several hours but became agitated. After he coaxed her to leave, she ran out of the home and that was the last time he saw her, the source said.
Meanwhile, on Long Island, cadaver dogs yesterday continued combing Gilgo Beach, searching for more victims. Two days later, the other three bodies were discovered — including one thought to be that of a missing Maine mom. Police officials reluctantly acknowledged that they might have a Jack the Ripper on their hands.
Police said the bodies were dumped separately over a period of up to two years and were severely decomposed. The killer would apparently stop his vehicle on the side of the road and stay just long enough to toss a corpse into the underbrush.
Investigators first tentatively identified Gilbert, who was last living in Jersey City and has a history of prostitution arrests. Cops and family members said she had arranged through Craigslist to meet a client on Fire Island on May 1.
Still, Suffolk investigators cautioned that they have not positively identified the victims and are waiting for the of DNA tests, which could take weeks. They are also working with other law-enforcement agencies to see if there are any other missing-persons cases that could be tied to the bodies found at the beach.
Prosecutors in Atlantic City, NJ, yesterday said they have been in contact with their counterparts on Long Island to see if there might be some connection to a series of unsolved hooker homicides that occurred in their area four years ago. But sources said they do not believe the cases are connected. Authorities confirmed that they have a possible ID on a second victim in the Long Island case: Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine, who disappeared in Suffolk County in June after coming to Long Island for a rendezvous with a john she connected with on Craigslist.
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