A suspect has been detained on Long Island, New York, in connection with the Gilgo Beach murders, a series of homicides that have gone unsolved for many years, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Friday.
Since human bones were discovered along a New York seaside highway more than ten years ago, the story has attracted a great deal of public interest.
The murders went unexplained for many years, and the mystery served as the inspiration for the 2020 Netflix film “Lost Girls.”
According to the official, the suspect was apprehended in Massapequa late on Thursday, and on Friday, investigators were present at a house connected to the case.
The official talked to the AP under the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly disclose the investigation’s specifics.
The identity of the suspect was not immediately disclosed. Investigators have long been baffled by the deaths of 11 people whose bones were discovered in 2010 and 2011.
Young sex workers made up the majority of the victims. Near the village of Gilgo Beach, several of the bodies were discovered.
Through multiple changes in police leadership, a number of seasoned homicide detectives have struggled to figure out who killed them and why.
An interagency task force comprised of detectives from the FBI, state, and local police departments was established last year with the intention of cracking the case.
According to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, the creation of the Gilgo Beach task force signifies a fresh commitment to looking into the unsolved killings of largely young women whose skeleton remains were discovered alongside a highway on Long Island.
We’re glad to see the cops are finally taking action and getting something done. Let’s see where it all goes,” said John Ray, the lawyer for the families of Shannan Gilbert and Jessica Taylor, two victims.
Gilbert went missing in 2010, which started the search that unveiled the bigger mystery. In the seaside village of Oak Beach, a 24-year-old sex worker vanished after leaving a client’s home on foot and vanishing into the marsh.