New technology could help solve Gilgo murder cases

A big change could help solve one of the biggest murder mysteries on Long Island.

News 12 Staff

Oct 21, 2019, 11:08 AM

Updated 1,697 days ago


Suffolk County has given the go-ahead to use new technology that may help investigators solve the Gilgo Beach murders.
It has been nine years, and no arrests have been made. Half of the 10 sets of human remains found along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach have never been identified.
State officials have cleared the way for "genetic genealogy" to be used in the Gilgo serial killer investigation. It's a type of DNA analysis where genetic profiles are run through genealogical databases to find potential relatives.

State Sen. Phil Boyle had pushed for the use of the latest forensic science techniques. Currently, the state Health Department prohibits any state crime from conducting "genetic genealogy" testing.
However, at last month's meeting of the State Commission on Forensic Science, a state Health Department official said Suffolk police could bypass the state restriction by asking the FBI to do the testing in the Gilgo case.

Sen. Boyle says this should not just be limited to the Gilgo investigation. He says the state should allow genetic genealogy for all major cases.

"These bureaucrats in the Department of Health could make the decision like that," he says.

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