CHILLING calls to 911 reveal new clues to Shannan Gilbert’s death that sparked fears among serial killers after 10 more bodies were discovered.
Gilbert disappeared near Oak Beach on Long Island in 2010, after calling 911 because she believed someone was trying to kill her.
The audio of three 911 calls was released Friday by the Suffolk County Police Department, two years after the calls were ordered released by a judge.
In the audio, from May 1, 2010, Gilbert can be heard repeatedly saying “There’s someone after me.”
Gilbert’s voice is quiet as the 22-minute recording begins, with the 911 dispatcher asking him to speak louder.
The woman is also heard pleading with two men in the recording.
“These people are trying to kill me,” she tells the dispatcher at one point.
Gilbert, a sex worker from New Jersey, was on Long Island to visit a client, Joseph Brewer.
She was leaving Brewer’s house, where the two were joined by her security and her driver, Michael Pak.
At times during the 911 call, the two men can be heard. They allegedly tried to get Gilbert out of Brewer’s house.
“Come on, let’s go. We’re all going out,” Brewer can be heard saying.
“Please get me out of here, Mike,” Gilbert said.
The woman then allegedly knocked on the doors of several neighbours, asking for help. Two neighbors called the police.
However, by the time police responded to 911 calls an hour later, Gilbert was missing.
Her remains were found in a swamp in December 2011, about half a mile from where she was last seen alive.
The search for Gilbert led police to discover the remains of 10 other people – including at least six other sex workers.
New photos of one of the crime scenes along the Ocean Parkway near Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach were shared Thursday by Suffolk County Police, including a photo of a black leather belt with the initials “WH” or “HM”.
Authorities believe the belt may have belonged to a killer and was not personal property of any of the victims.
On Thursday, Gilbert family attorney John Ray claimed the Suffolk County Police Department had done an “inadequate and negligent job” in tracking down Gilbert’s killer.
An independent autopsy conducted by Gilbert’s family revealed that the woman suffered neck injuries “consistent with a fatal strangulation”.
At a news conference on Friday, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said, “Shannan was a loving daughter, sister and young woman who should have had her whole life ahead of her.”
“Based on the evidence, the facts and the totality of the circumstances, the prevailing view of Shannan’s death, while tragic, was not murder and most likely not a crime.”
A new website has been launched to keep the public informed of developments in the case.
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