Family of Gilgo Beach victim Valerie Mack speaks for first time about missing daughter
, 2022-06-23 10:49:58,
Valerie Mack was 24 years old when she abruptly disappeared from Edwin and JoAnn Mack’s lives around October 2000.
Her adoptive parents and other relatives futilely searched for her for years, fearing something terrible had happened to the young mother they said had been trying to turn her life around.
In February 2020, their worst fears became a reality: Suffolk County detectives called to tell them Valerie was dead and had been identified as a victim in the Gilgo Beach serial killings.
Until then, she had been anonymous, known to investigators simply as Jane Doe No. 6. Some of her remains had been found in Manorville in 2000 and 11 years later near Gilgo Beach.
“We were in shock for several days,” Edwin Mack told Newsday.
“Finding out that not only was she gone but also how she’d been found was like stepping into a nightmare,” sister Danielle Wade said.
‘Finding out that not only was she gone but also how she’d been found was like stepping into a nightmare.’
-Danielle Wade, Valerie Mack’s sister
Wade is pictured with Valerie, right, and sister Angela, left, in one of the last family photos taken before Valerie disappeared.
Credit: Mack family
The Gilgo case broke in late 2010 with the discovery by police of human remains along a desolate stretch of the Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach. A year later, a total of 10 sets of remains had been found, mostly of young women laboring as sex workers, but also a toddler and an Asian male.
More than a decade later, what have become known as the Gilgo Beach…
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