Photo: Suffolk County Police Department
A photograph of a belt believed to be handled by the serial killer or killers possibly responsible for killing 10 people found around a Long Island beach over the course of one year has been released to the public as evidence.
The leather belt has the letters “WH” or “HW,” depending on how you look at the belt, embossed on it. Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announced at a January 16 press conference that the belt did not belong to any of the victims and that it’s believed it was handled by the suspect.
The belt was found along Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach, during the “initial stages of this investigation,” Hart said.
When asked by reporters why the information was released now, Hart said that the investigative team is always assessing the importance of evidence and they decided that now was the time to release the image. She added police will not release the size of the belt.
Hart said she hopes the belt will generate new tips from the public. She also announced that the department has created GilgoNews.com, a website that is dedicated to the case, which has become known as the Gilgo Beach murders. Hart said that the website will be a platform where police will release any evidence they feel is appropriate. It will also have a section where people can submit tips.
As of Thursday afternoon, the site was not functional.