New Yorker who led crusade to find daughter's killer found murdered
NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A New York woman who helped lead an unsuccessful crusade to capture her daughter's suspected murderer, believed to be a serial killer, was found slain in her upstate apartment, law enforcement officials said.
Police in Ellenville, a town in the Catskills Mountains north of New York City, said they identified the deceased woman as Mari Gilbert, 52. She was found dead on Saturday afternoon.
A second daughter, Sarra Gilbert, 27, was arrested shortly after the discovery and charged with her mother's murder and a weapons charge, police said in a statement.
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It was not immediately clear how the elder Gilbert was killed or what might have motivated the attack. Police said they would release more details on Monday.
Both Mari and Sarra Gilbert helped in the high-profile campaign to catch the so-called Gilgo Killer, who family and privately-hired investigators suspect murdered Shannan Gilbert, 24.
Shannon Gilbert, a sex-worker who found clients on Craigslist, disappeared in May 2010 after leaving the home of a client near Long Island's Gilgo Beach. Nearly a dozen bodies linked to the same murderer were later found as authorities searched the beach for Shannon Gilbert's remains.
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Most of the victims were female sex workers. But the body of a toddler belonging to one of the women and a man dressed as a woman were also found, local media reported.
Shannon's remains were found more than a year after her disappearance. Local investigators were unable to determine a cause of her death because some of her body parts were missing.
Unsatisfied with the work of the Suffolk County Police Department, Gilbert's mother made television appearances calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take over the investigation, but she was unsuccessful.