Authorities have confirmed that the remains found earlier in the week in a dense thicket in Oak Beach were those of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old prostitute from New Jersey who was last seen in May of 2010. Long Island police are also asserting the theory that Gilbert's death is unrelated to the other remains found on Gilgo State Beach. "There's a small sense of peace in that she's no longer suffering," Gilbert's aunt told Newsday. Gilbert's body was spotted around a quarter mile from where her belongings were found.

Police and witnesses claim that Gilbert was last seen "behaving irrationally" and running from the home of a client. She allegedly "stumbled up to three-fourths of a mile on foot" into the area and "never made it out." However, her family asserts that Gilbert had a fear of water, and would have turned around had she seen that she was running into it.

Currently, there is a very public disagreement between the Suffolk County DA, who believes the bodies found on Gilgo Beach are the work of at least two killers, and the Police Commissioner, who claims the theory is that there are only one. It has been a year since authorities began finding the first of ten bodies on Gilgo Beach.