**Prosecutors to Make Major Announcement in Investigation of Long Island Serial Murders**
In a significant development, prosecutors involved in the investigation of the suspected serial murders of several women whose bodies were discovered near Long Island’s Gilgo Beach have announced that a major announcement is imminent. The prime suspect in some of these killings, Rex Heuermann, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, following his previous charges in the deaths of three women. Prosecutors have also indicated their intention to charge him with a fourth slaying.
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney is expected to make the announcement following a court hearing in Riverhead, New York. Heuermann, a 60-year-old architect, was arrested in July for the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello, whose bodies were discovered buried along a remote beach parkway. Authorities suspect Heuermann is also involved in the disappearance and death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes in 2007.
Heuermann has pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail at Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead.
The shocking nature of these murders, which had remained unsolved for more than a decade, garnered widespread attention and inspired the 2020 Netflix film “Lost Girls.” While authorities believe that a serial killer may be responsible for some of the slayings, they do not believe that all the victims were killed by the same person. Investigations into the majority of these killings remain ongoing.
Heuermann first came under suspicion in 2022 when detectives linked him to a pickup truck seen by a witness around the time one of the victims vanished. Subsequently, his DNA was recovered from a discarded pizza crust, which matched a hair found on a restraint used in the killings.
Prior to his arrest, Heuermann worked as a licensed architect in a Manhattan-based firm and resided in Massapequa Park, a suburb near the location where the victims’ bodies were discovered.
The progress made in this investigation has brought hope to the families of the victims and the community at large. As the court hearing approaches, many are eagerly awaiting the announcement from the district attorney’s office, hopeful that it will shed further light on these tragic events and bring some semblance of justice to the victims and their loved ones.
Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.
*This article is based on information from the Associated Press.*.