Gilgo Beach search to move on to Nassau County

GILGO BEACH - Police say the search for bodies along Ocean Parkway in what seems to have been a serial killer's dumping ground will continue in Nassau County starting Monday.

Suffolk police announced today the completion of the current phase of the search.

Speaking during a news conference, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer added that K-9 units and detectives may return to the area during the ongoing investigation.

"We're not going to give up," he said. "We're going to be back here."

A new search is expected to begin on Nassau County's side of Ocean Parkway Monday involving ladder trucks, cadaver dogs borrowed from Suffolk police and mounted units.

Investigators have found the bodies of eight people near Gilgo Beach since December, among them Amber Costello, of North Babylon.

Cops say none of the remains that have been found are those of missing New Jersey prostitute Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen running and screaming from her client's house in Oak Beach. Police say the client, Joseph Brewer, is not a suspect.

Gus Colletti, of Oak Beach, says he is haunted by a feeling of guilt because he was likely one of the last people to see Gilbert the night she vanished when she ran to his house in a panic.

"This is a life that could've been saved if I knew what was going to happen," he says. "I would've detained her."

Colletti says he later stopped a man driving down his street in an SUV looking for Gilbert. He says after the man spotted Gilbert coming out of her hiding spot behind a boat, he took off after her.

Police ramp up search along Ocean ParkwayMissing NJ woman's sister speaks to News 12 on Gilgo Beach searchPolice: Missing NJ prostitute not among newly discovered remains3 more sets of human remains found during Gilgo Beach probe

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The owner of a Huntington church and food 1 Huntington food pantry owner says he is being targeted by neighbors, town
Developers want to build more than 150 new 2 Plans to expand Bayport senior apartment complex faces opposition
Officials say a pedestrian was struck and killed 3 Police say they caught woman who struck, killed man in Central Islip
News 12 is told the driver of the 4 Officials: 2 struck by car in Massapequa
The vigil for Banegas took place at the 5 Vigil held for victim in Central Islip Park killing

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE