Family Of Drowned Sex Worker Want 911 Call Released To Public

Oct 23, 2020

The family of a sex worker who was found dead 10 years ago wants a judge to allow them to publicly release the 911 tapes from the day she went missing near Gilgo Beach on Long Island.

Shannan Gilbert’s disappearance in 2010 led to the discovery of 11 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway. She had made a 23-minute-long 911 call. Police say she was found in a nearby marsh. They believe she drowned.

John Ray represents Gilbert’s estate. He won a decade-long court battle this spring that made Suffolk County Police turn over the 911 call recordings made by Gilbert and area residents — but the judge restricted him from making them public.

“The tapes and the transcripts will be used against what the police said occurred on that fateful night,” Ray said.

Ray called the tapes “shocking” and said he has a message for Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart: “Stand by your word, and make sure that you agree with me that the public should hear those tapes and should know what's on them.”

The police department says state law prohibits the release of 911 calls.