Gilgo Beach Murders: Cops Investigate Unsolved NYC Homicides for Possible Ties to Serial Killer Suspect

gilgo beach murders police investigating possible ties to rex heuermann
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Jul. 17 2023, Published 1:18 p.m. ET

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Police in New York are actively exploring the possibility Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann may have additional victims beyond those he's accused of killing, authorities said.

According to WABC-TV, detectives are investigating whether Heuermann’s DNA or behavioral patters indicate any potential connections with other unsolved murders and missing person cases in New York City.

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In addition, officials said Heuermann’s DNA has been entered into a statewide database, which is available to all law enforcement agencies in New York.

Investigators remain at the Massapequa Park home of Heuermann searching for any clues. They have also searched a storage unit bin in nearby Amityville as they work to solidify the case involving the three first-degree murder charges Heuermann received on July 14, as Front Page Detectives reported.

Police are also trying to see if they can connect him with the six other Gilgo victims, officials said.

Gilgo Beach took center stage in the previously stagnant investigation concerning the grim discovery of 11 sets of remains, one of which belonged to a toddler. These remains were found scattered along the parkway that traverses a narrow stretch of white sand, dirt, brambles and marshes known as Jones Beach Island.

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Police have yet to identify the toddler and three other victims. Police said all 10 adult victims, including the toddler’s mother, were sex workers.

However, investigators said Heuermann might not be responsible for all of the deaths.

As of now, he has only been accused of killing three, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello, who were reported missing in 2010, as Front Page Detectives previously reported.


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Heuermann is also the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman who disappeared three years earlier, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, but no charges have been filed in that case.

Those four victims are known as the “Gilgo Four,” as Front Page Detectives reported.

The cases all shared a number of similarities, including that all of the women were contacted shortly before their disappearances by a person using a “burner” cell phone and cell phone data played a big role in the probe, WABC-TV reported.

In January 2023, federal investigators were following Heuermann and used a pizza box he threw in the garbage in Midtown Manhattan to get a DNA sample from the pizza crust. It was tested and found to be a match with a hair discovered on one of the victims, officials said.

While Heuermann was charged on July 14, his lawyer says Heuermann maintains his innocence.


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