Police release 911 audio of Shannan Gilbert, the night she went missing in Gilgo Beach 12 years ago


Police on New York’s Long Island have released audio of the night Shannan Gilbert went missing on Gilgo Beach in 2010, CBS News reported.

The Suffolk County Police released Gilbert’s audio Friday 12 years after her disappearance in an attempt to increase public attention.

The calls, released via two YouTube videos, also showcase Suffolk Police explaining the circumstances in which the calls were made by Gilbert the night she vanished.

Gilbert, a sex worker who lived in Jersey City, called 911 during the early morning hours of May 1, 2010, after she went to Manhattan to meet a driver, Michael Pak, to bring her to a client, Joseph Brewer, on Gilgo Beach, Long Island.

Gilbert can be heard screaming and slurring during the calls. In the video, the police state that they want everyone to listen fully to the calls and not to take anything out of context.

“There’s somebody after me,”Gilbert can be heard repeating the first call at the top.

Gilbert finally answered the 911 operator’s multiple questions about her whereabouts. “I don’t know.”Then, she admits. “I am inside the house,” but never says what house because she doesn’t know.

She then asks the operator for help, but he cannot. She repeats this. “somebody is after me.”

After an inaudible discussion with Pak, Brewer, and the two men attempt to persuade her to leave the house.

She eventually fled the house, calling 911, and was heard screaming as she knocked on the door of a neighbor. 

According to the report, 911 was called by two neighbours in the same area. New York Post.

“Based on the evidence, the facts, and the totality of the circumstances, the prevailing opinion in Shannan’s death, while tragic, was not a murder and was most likely noncriminal,”Rodney Harrison, Suffolk County Police Commissioner, spoke at a news conference on Friday.

Gilbert’s remains were found one year later. Both Pak und Brewer wereAll wrongdoings have been cleared.

Along with Gilbert’s remains, 10 others were discovered along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach, Long Island. The remains found included the remains of a toddler thought to have been the child of one victim, and an unidentified man. Burlap bags were used to store the remains. Police said that four victims were sex workers, who were strangled to death and left on marshy shores after posting their services on Craigslist.

It is believed they were killed in another place and then brought to Gilgo Beach.

Officials stated that some remains could be from 1995. The investigation continues and no arrests have been made.

The remains of Valerie Mack were identified by Suffolk County police in 2020. Mack had been identified for many years as Jane Doe after her body, which was found on Ocean Parkway, was discovered.

Mack, who was allegedly an escort from Philadelphia disappeared in 2000 at the age of 24. Mack’s murder, which remains unsolved, is thought to be the work of a serial killer.

Some of Mack’s remains were found by police in 2000 in a wooded area in Manorville, Long Island, but in 2011, more of her remains were found near Gilgo Beach.

Police said they found Mack’s biological relatives’ genetic material through a public genealogy site and it led them to an aunt of Valerie’s. Through her aunt, police were led to Mack’s adoptive family and her son, who is now in his 20’s. His DNA tested positive as a match to Valerie’s DNA last week, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announced at a press conference Thursday.

Mack, who was orphaned when she was a child, wasn’t reported missing. The reasons are still unknown. Her remains were also found in Gilgo Beach and Manorville.

Jessica Taylor, a 20 year-old sex worker was also found dead in both locations. It is the first time that New York police have used a genealogy site to give new life to a cold case.

“For two decades, Valerie Mack’s family and friends were left searching for answers and while this is not the outcome they wanted, we hope this brings some sense of peace and closure,”Hart said. “We will continue to use every investigative tool available to aggressively investigate these murders.”

Suffolk Police have announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Other videos and 911 calls can be viewed on the GilgoNews.comThe Suffolk Police Task Force on the Case created the website.

Anybody with information regarding the case should call 1-800-220-TIPS.