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'48 Hours' to focus on cold cases; plans return to Shannan Gilbert case

The long-running CBS News series “48 Hours” — which launches a short-run series on cold cases Saturday at 10 p.m. — is developing additional reports on Shannan Gilbert and the Long Island serial killer case, the show's executive producer, Susan Zirinsky, told Newsday.

“There are a couple of things in the works that we are watching,” she said Friday. In 2013, “48” produced and aired a full hour on Shannan Gilbert, the 24-year-old New Jersey woman whose disappearance in Oak Beach in May 2010 led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway. Gilbert, whose remains were found in December 2010, was buried in Amityville on Thursday.

Zirinsky declined to say when the show's next report on the LI serial case would air, but said that “we remain in touch with the families.”

In a statement describing the new series, Zirinsky said: “Each broadcast of 48 Hours: Cold Case will go in-depth into a hard-to-close case and present new reporting and existing evidence to a nationwide audience. The first focuses on a still unsolved 1994 home invasion turned deadly in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The goal is to do at least three similar broadcasts each television season, beginning in fall 2015.

“There’s a long history of cases being solved, reopened or overturned because of the reporting of our team on 48 Hours,” Zirinsky said.

“We believe that our original reporting on these unsolved cases may lead to someone in the audience coming forward with new information that could lead to closure for the families involved,” she said.

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