SEVERAL questions went unanswered as police investigated the death of the late Shannan Gilbert.
Shannan was once thought to be a victim of Gilgo Beach’s mysterious killer, but police have since claimed otherwise.
Who Was Shannan Gilbert?
Shannan Gilbert was a 23 year old escort from Jersey City, New Jersey.
She was one of the women suspected of being murdered by the unidentified Gilgo Beach serial killer.
However, authorities have since said they believe her murder was unrelated to the other women on the list of victims found in Gilgo Beach.
On May 13, 2022, a never-before-seen audio of Shannan’s 911 call was released to the public.
Regarding the late woman’s death and the law enforcement investigation, her sister Sheree Gilbert told NBC4, “I don’t believe it. I just feel like they never cared…always said.
“It is disgusting. What is the motive, what is the agenda behind it?
“It doesn’t matter if people think she’s a victim of the Long Island serial killer. Something happened to her that night.”
She added: “She was scared for her life. She called 911. She was coherent enough to stay on the phone for over 20 minutes.
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“She was coherent enough to knock on people’s doors. That makes me think – why would she go into the swamp then? That just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Shannan’s story was the basis of the March 2020 Netflix film Lost Girls.
In Lost Girls, Sarah Wisser portrays Shannan in the true crime thriller that deals with the circumstances of her case.
Mirroring a real-life tragedy, her late mother Mari Gilbert is the film’s central character in her daughter’s investigation, as her portrayal is filled in by Only Murders in the Building alum Amy Ryan.
When did Shannan disappear?
On May 1, 2010, Shannan Gilbert went missing after making three harrowing emergency calls.
She contacted police between about 4 and 5 a.m. that Saturday morning while visiting a Long Island customer named Joseph Brewer.
While fleeing the Brewer’s Oak Beach home, she repeatedly told the 911 operator, “There’s someone after me.”
When she fled on foot, she asked some residents for help.
In the audio released from her 911 calls, the victim can be heard saying she was “fearing for her life.”
After her 911 call, investigators said Shannan ran off into the night she allegedly met her death in the Gilgo Beach swamps.
Did the police find Shannan’s body?
On December 13, 2011, local authorities found Shannan’s lifeless body in the Gilgo Beach swamps.
The discovery of her body led to a number of other bodies being uncovered and identified.
The bodies found belonged to other young women who were reported missing.
The New York City Police Department for Suffolk County listed Shannan’s cause of death as drowning.
However, an independent autopsy conducted by outside officials found her cause of death may have been due to possible strangulation.
Although her tragedy has been linked to Long Island’s chain of unsolved serial murders, law enforcement have since said that Shannan is no longer considered a victim of the unidentified Gilgo Beach killer.
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