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Judge orders release of victim’s 911 recording in Shannan Gilbert case

Shannan Gilbert
Posted at 7:09 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 19:09:09-04

LONG ISLAND — The long-sealed 911 recording of a call made by a murder victim may finally be released after a judge overturned the appeal of the Suffolk County Police Department.

A judge had called for the release of Shannan Gilbert's 911 call in 2018. Gilbert disappeared in Oak Beach, Long Island on May 1, 2010.

"The SCPD are now finally required by law to produce to me the controversial 911 recordings," attorney John Ray said. "It is especially pleasing that the Appellate Division's decision to uphold the court order to release the recordings was made the week of the tenth anniversary of Shannan's disappearance."

Ray, who's spent years working on the case, believes Gilbert was being targeted by the serial killer when she started banging on doors in Oak Beach in the early hours of May 1, 2010. Police think she ran into a marsh and eventually became exhausted. Her body was found in the marsh on Dec. 13, 2011.

At least 10 bodies were discovered in long a three-mile stretch of Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach, in 2010 and 2011.