The arrest in the Gilgo Beach murder case brings a possible twist to the Long Island serial killer mystery

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NYPD has arrested one person in connection with the unsolved murders of at least 10 women whose bodies were found on Long Island’s Gilgo Beach more than a decade ago. Two law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS News Friday morning that the Suffolk County Police Department had a suspect in custody in connection with the killings.

The possible breakthrough in the hunt for a suspect in what has become known as the “Long Island serial killer” case came just over a year after police released audio of a 911 call made by Shannan Gilbert shortly before it disappeared in 2010.

Investigators were looking for Gilbert when they found more remains on Gilgo Beach in December of that year: women in their 20s whose remains had been wrapped in burlap sacks. Known as the Gilgo Four, they were later identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who was kidnapped in 2007; Melissa Barthelemy in 2009; and Megan Waterman and Amber Costello, who disappeared in 2010. Six more clusters of remains were found along Ocean Parkway the following spring.

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The Suffolk County Police Department released full audio of Gilbert’s 911 call last year, as well as maps and other images showing what authorities believe happened on May 1, 2010, the night he was disappearance.

Police said in 2022, however, that “based on the evidence, the facts and the totality of the circumstances, the prevailing opinion regarding Shannan’s death, while tragic, was not a homicide and most likely not a criminal one.”

Investigators then expressed hope that the release of the 911 audio would lead to answers in the larger search for the Gilgo Beach killer, and officials announced a doubling of the homicide information reward to $50,000.

“We’re making real progress,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said in May 2022.

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