Gilgo Beach victim Jane Doe No. 7 identified as investigation continues

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Another Gilgo Beach victim is believed to have been identified (Image: Getty Images)
Another Gilgo Beach victim is believed to have been identified (Image: Getty Images)

Another of the victims of the notorious Gilgo Beach murders may have been identified by police.

The victim, identified as Jane Doe 7, is set to be identified by authorities at a press conference later today.

It comes almost three decades after her legs were found wrapped in a plastic bag on the bayside shore of Fire Island, a mile west of David Park Beach.

The remains were found on April 20, 1996. They were believed to have been a young white female with several distinctive scars.

She initially became known as the Fire Island Jane Doe, due to the location her remains were discovered. She had multiple distinct scars on her legs, with some looking as though they were as a result of surgery.

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On April 11, 2011, a skull was found west of Tobay Beach in Nassau County. She was identified as Jane Doe 7, however DNA testing later linked the two sets of remains.

People walking along Blue Point Beach on Fire Island near David Park came across the grim discovery. Very little is known about Jane Doe 7.

According to the Doe Network she had a list of distinguishing marks and features. They're listed as: "Right lower leg has a 3 1/2" scar on the later mid leg area, a 1" linear scar on the lateral mid to lower leg and a 1/2" scar on the medial ankle.

"The left leg has a 2" surgical scar with adjacent suture scars on the medial left ankle. The victim may have had surgery on her left ankle. Red polish on all toes."

It comes as the 13-year-old cold case is back under the spotlight following the arrest of 59-year-old architect Rex Heuermann in relation to three of the victims. He has been charged in connection with the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, from new York State, Megan Waterman, 22, from Maine, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, from North Carolina.

Gilgo Beach victim Jane Doe No. 7 identified as investigation continuesRex Heuermann, 59, has been charged with three counts of murder in relation to the Gilgo Beach victims (AP)

He is also the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, from Connecticut. The women became known as the 'Gilgo Four', and were discovered in December 2010 during the search for 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen in the nearby gated Oak Beach community.

The 'Gilgo Four' were all found on the side of Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach, in the brush and brambles. The four women were found wrapped in burlap, with medical examiners concluding that each had been strangled. Their bodies were found less than a tenth of a mile apart.

Police have continued to investigate the deaths of six other people whose skeletal remains were found along the same stretch of coastline. This includes Jane Doe 7, who police have been trying to identify for 26 years.

Another set of unidentified remains belong to a woman given the nickname 'Peaches' after investigators found a distinctive peach tattoo on her chest. On June 28, 1997, her dismembered torso was found in a green plastic container dumped next to the road in Hempstead Lake State Park.

Gilgo Beach victim Jane Doe No. 7 identified as investigation continuesMelissa Barthelemy, top left, Amber Costello, top right, Megan Waterman, bottom left, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. (AP)

Then, on April 11, 2011, Nassau County police discovered dismembered skeletal human remains inside a plastic bag near Jones Beach State Park. They were identified as Jane Doe 3. It wasn't until December 2016 that Peaches and Jane Doe 3 were identified as being the same person.

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On April 4, 2011, the remains of an unidentified toddler, believed to be around two years old, was found along Ocean Parkway. This victim became known as Baby Doe, and was found wrapped in a blanket with no signs of trauma. DNA analysis identified Peaches to be the mother of Baby Doe. It's believed they were killed at the same time and both were wearing similar jewellery.

Please check back regularly for updates on this developing story

Fiona Leishman

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