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Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Announce Suspect Arrested in Infamous Long Island Serial Killer Case

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Jul. 14 2023, Published 9:41 a.m. ET

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Authorities in New York have announced they have taken into custody a suspect in the Gilgo Beach murders.

For over a decade, the Suffolk County police have been hunting for whoever is responsible for the murders of women found dead along the Atlantic Ocean in Long Island.

On July 14, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office confirmed there has been a “significant development in the case,” News 12 Long Island reported.

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The outlet identified the alleged killer as Rex Heuermann of Massapequa Park, a town in Nassau County.

The New York Post reported Heuermann is an architect who works at a firm in Manhattan.

Investigators began to find the victims along a desolate highway in Suffolk County after a search for New Jersey sex worker Shannan Gilbert, 24. She went missing in 2010 after calling 911 when escaping the Oak Beach home of a client.

While looking for Gilbert, detectives located more victims and eventually found a total of of 11 human remains, including those of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Megan Waterman, 22, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Jessica Taylor, Valerie Mack, 24, a female toddler and a male. Two more sets of remains were found in Nassau County.


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