Authorities on Long Island are committed to continuing their investigation into the string of killings known as the Gilgo Beach murders, even after charging an architect in connection with the deaths of three of the victims. Rex Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect, is accused of killing Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello over a decade ago. He is also a prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
The bodies of Barthelemy, Waterman, Costello, and other victims were discovered bound and hidden in thick underbrush along a remote beach highway, near the Massapequa Park community where Heuermann has spent his entire life. Law enforcement officials have stated that it is unlikely that one person is responsible for all of the murders.
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney emphasized their determination to bring closure to the victims’ families, stating, “We’re going to continue to work, investigate, and try to get a small measure of closure for all the victims’ families.”
Heuermann’s arrest occurred a year and a half after the formation of an interagency task force, consisting of investigators from the FBI, state police, and local police departments, aimed at solving the Gilgo Beach murders. The investigation progressed when Heuermann was identified as a suspect in March 2022. Detectives connected him to a pickup truck that a witness reported seeing when one of the victims disappeared in 2010. In March, detectives obtained Heuermann’s DNA from a discarded pizza crust and matched it to evidence found on one of the victims.
Suffolk County police Commissioner Rodney Harrison expressed gratitude for the investigators’ unwavering commitment, saying, “They never stopped working and will continue to work tirelessly until we bring justice to all the families involved.”
Heuermann appeared in court on Friday, where his lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The judge denied bail, citing the “extreme depravity” of Heuermann’s alleged conduct. He will remain in jail awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, investigators are conducting a thorough search of Heuermann’s home, which is located a short drive from Gilgo Beach. This search may yield further evidence related to the murders.
Most of the victims were young women who were involved in sex work. The murders have long perplexed investigators, and the case has gained significant public attention. The mystery surrounding the Gilgo Beach murders even inspired a 2020 Netflix film titled “Lost Girls.”
The investigation into the Gilgo Beach murders is far from over. Authorities remain dedicated to pursuing justice for all the victims and their families. As they continue their work, investigators hope to unravel the truth behind these heinous crimes and apprehend anyone else involved.