By | January 16, 2024

Rex Heuermann Faces Major Announcement in Long Island Serial Killings Case

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Prosecutors are set to make a significant announcement regarding the investigation into the suspected serial murders of a group of women found along a coastal highway near Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. The prime suspect in some of these killings, Rex Heuermann, is due in court on Tuesday, where prosecutors plan to charge him with a fourth slaying.

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney will deliver the announcement following a court hearing in Riverhead, New York. Heuermann was previously charged in July with the killings of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello, whose bodies were discovered buried along a remote beach parkway. Prosecutors also suspect Heuermann in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who went missing in 2007.

Heuermann, a 60-year-old architect, was arrested more than a decade after police searching for a missing woman stumbled upon 10 sets of human remains hidden in the dense underbrush near Gilgo Beach. These deaths have long puzzled investigators and garnered widespread attention on Long Island and beyond. Although authorities believe a serial killer may be responsible for some of the slayings, they do not believe all the victims were killed by the same person. The majority of the cases remain unsolved.

In 2022, Heuermann became a suspect when detectives linked him to a pickup truck that a witness reported seeing around the time of one of the victims’ disappearances. The following year, investigators following Heuermann recovered his DNA from a discarded pizza crust in a Manhattan trash can. This DNA sample was then matched to a hair found on a restraint used in the killings.

Heuermann, who worked as a licensed architect with a Manhattan-based firm and resided in Massapequa Park, a suburb near where the bodies were discovered, has pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail at Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead.

This major announcement in the Long Island serial killings case will bring renewed attention to a series of crimes that have haunted the community for years. As the investigation continues, authorities are hopeful that justice will be served for the victims and their families.

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