Sen. Boyle pushes to get technology to ID Gilgo Beach remains

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There is a new push to use forensic technologies to help identify human remains that were found at Gilgo Beach back in 2010.

Five of the 10 sets of human remains discovered have still not been identified, including an Asian male and a toddler.

Sen. Phil Boyle told the Suffolk Police Department that he's working to secure state grant money to buy new machines and technology that could help identify the remaining victims.

"The department received a letter from Senator Phil Boyle extending his support for the expansion of the state's forensics crime fighting techniques," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. "We appreciate his backing and welcome the opportunity to utilize technology that could assist the department in solving crimes or identifying victims."

He says the use of genetic genealogy, DNA phenotyping and stable isotope analysis would be beneficial for the case.

 

 

"To know where they came from, where they lived, what they looked like--there's a lot of different things that advances in DNA technology have brought about that they didn't have just a few years ago," Boyle says.

Boyle says the FBI currently possesses those kinds of technology and the Suffolk Police Department has said that the FBI recently began working with them on the case.

It's not clear if any of the remains have been sent to the FBI for help in identifying them.

When News 12 asked if any of the remains have been sent to the FBI, the Suffolk County Police Department said: "The Suffolk County Police Department will not provide comment on the Gilgo Beach homicide investigation until/unless there is additional information that serves the investigation or the public by its release."

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