By Ellen WulfhorstBarbara Goldberg.
The locations where eight of 10 bodies were found near Gilgo Beach since December are seen in this Suffolk County Police handout image released to Reuters on September 20, Gilbert had advertised her services on the online classified service, Craigslist.
Police believe she was fleeing the home of a male customer in the seaside neighborhood of Oak Beach on Long Island when she became mired in a marsh overgrown with thick brambles. In the process of searching for Gilbert, they turned up 10 bodies they believe are the victims of a single serial killer.
Dormer did not elaborate on why police believe she was on the run but said they think she was headed for the lights of a nearby highway when she became entangled in the brush and stuck in the mud. A forensic team and the Medical Examiner will officially identify the body and determine the cause of death, he said.
Oak Beach resident Gus Colletti, 75, has said a terrified woman ran to his house screaming for help around the time Gilbert disappeared. When he called police, Colletti said, she fled.
Outside Colletti then encountered a man who said he was searching for Gilbert who claimed she was upset and left a party he was hosting. The skeletal remains were found in an area so dense and waterlogged that officers with search dogs could not enter it ly, he said.
The area was drained by investigators who also cut down the vegetation as part of the search, he said. ZIP: 07310 07311 07302 07307 07306 07305 07304 07097 07303 07308 07395 07399