WOODBURY - Relatives of the New Jersey prostitute whose disappearance led to the Gilgo Beach investigation are outraged following a statement made by Suffolk's police commissioner about a troubling phone call they say they received days after she went missing.
Gilbert's sister, Sherre, says she and her family told detectives half a dozen times about receiving a call from a man claiming to be Oak Beach resident Dr. Peter Hackett, who allegedly told them that the 24-year-old woman had stayed at his home overnight and then left with her driver.
Hackett, however, denied ever seeing Gilbert.
During a news conference yesterday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said the story about the phone call "was pretty much debunked."
"Homicide detectives have spoken to Gilbert's family a number of times and the family has never conveyed to detectives that Peter Hackett called them regarding Shannan Gilbert being in his home the night that she disappeared," Suffolk police said in a statement.
Sherre Gilbert insists the statement is false, claiming that detectives ignored the information about the phone call. She says she doesn't necessarily believe Hackett had anything to do with her sister's disappearance, but wants the authorities to hear her.
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