09/10/2021 3:47 PM
Updated 09/10/2021 3:47 PM
A woman whose skeletal remains were found dismembered on Long Island, New York in
2000 and 2011
, was finally identified as
, a native Philadelphia prostitute.
In the same area of Gilgo Beach, Suffolk County, parts of ten other young women had already been found, most of them prostitutes, Fox News noted.
The eleven bodies in total found on or near the beach are believed to be linked to one or more serial killers.
Police finally identified the woman who for years was labeled "Jane Doe No. 6", thanks to
The Long Island serial killer is a suspect in the murder of eight women, a man and a 2-year-old boy.
And he was never identified or detained.
The victim was named Valerie Mack and she was also known as Melissa Taylor.
Born in July 1976, she was 24 years old when she was last seen in 2000 near Atlantic City, New Jersey.
She was never reported as a missing person, police said.
Her remains were found in two places more than 40 miles apart and separated by a decade:
in 2000 in Manorville and in 2011 near Gilgo Beach, where the remains of the other women, a man and a child, were found.
Valerie Mack had disappeared in 2000.
Most of the killer's victims were found in wooded areas along Ocean Parkway, suggesting that the suspect was familiar with the region.
The remains of an unidentified Asian man and the boy were found the same day that researchers found the second set of Mack's remains near a road.
The determination of the identity of this latest victim brought clarity to a decade-long mystery on Long Island that reached all the media.
The case became the subject of Robert Kolker's 2013 book "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery,"
which later inspired the Netflix movie "Lost Girls."
“For two decades, Valerie Mack's family and friends looked for answers, and while this is not the outcome they wanted, we hope it brings a sense of peace and closure,” said Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine. Hart, in a statement.
“I would like to thank the FBI for their continued support and partnership in the Gilgo Beach homicide investigation and for their help using scientific techniques that have moved this case forward.
We will continue to use all available investigative tools to aggressively investigate these murders, "he added.
Authorities previously said that the killings could have been the work of at least three people, and that in the area around Gilgo Beach "I used to discard human remains over a period of time."
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