Cecilia DowdFeb 12, 2016, 8:43 pm

Shannan Gilbert may have been strangled to death, family lawyer says

Gilbert’s disappearance more than five years ago resulted in search that lead to discovery of human remains in Gilgo Beach

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Shannan Gilbert, the woman’s who’s 2010 disappearance sparked a search that ended in the discovery of her body and other human remains along Ocean Parkway, may have been strangled, according to the results of an autopsy. The findings were released by Gilbert family attorney John Ray.

The autopsy was performed by a former chief medical examiner from New York City Dr. Michael Baden. He writes "there is insufficient information to determine a definite cause of death, but the autopsy findings are consistent with homicidal strangulation.”

Ray says the evidence is consistent with the fact that Gilbert was strangled to death just like four others whose remains were found in Oak Beach.

Police have said they don't believe Gilbert's death was actually related to the death of the others. But her family believes they’re all connected.

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