By | January 15, 2024

Architect Charged with Murder in Gilgo Beach Killings

New York architect Rex Heuermann has been charged with murder in connection to the infamous Gilgo Beach killings, authorities announced today. Heuermann, 59, was taken into custody in July and has been indicted on one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the killings of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney, Heuermann is also expected to face a fourth murder charge in connection with the 2007 disappearance and death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Heuermann has denied being the killer, but authorities have named him as the prime suspect in the case.

The investigation into the Gilgo Beach killings began in 2010 when the remains of four women were discovered on the beach. The victims, who were all escorts that advertised on Craigslist, were wrapped in camouflaged burlap. The case gained national attention when it was revealed that the suspect had made taunting phone calls to the family of one of the victims.

In 2020, police released photos of a black leather belt that they believed could be a clue in the case. They also identified one of the victims, known as Jane Doe #6, as Valerie Mack, a Philadelphia mother who had been missing for two decades.

In February 2022, a multiagency task force was formed to investigate the Gilgo Beach killings. Heuermann first came to the attention of investigators in March when he was identified in a database. Surveillance was then carried out on Heuermann and his family, and DNA samples were obtained from their trash.

Authorities narrowed down their search for the suspect by using cell tower records, physical descriptions provided by witnesses, and connections to a green pickup truck, which was seen at the crime scenes. Heuermann matched the physical description given by a witness and had a connection to a green pickup truck registered to his brother.

Evidence from Heuermann’s personal cell phone and credit card records also linked him to the killings. He was found to have searched the internet extensively about the status of the investigation and had been compulsively searching for photos of the victims.

Heuermann is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. Authorities are confident that they have made a major breakthrough in the case and that justice will be served for the victims and their families..

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