RIVERHEAD, New York – Rex Heuermann, the alleged serial killer, is set to appear in court this week on Long Island, facing charges in the death of a fourth woman whose remains were discovered near Gilgo Beach. Sources indicate that Heuermann is already charged with the murder of three women and is the prime suspect in the death of a fourth.
Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the killings of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Costello, all of whom were found dead in December 2010. He is currently being held without bail as he awaits further legal proceedings. Prosecutors are expected to announce the indictment in the fourth murder during the upcoming court appearance in Riverhead on Tuesday.
The victim, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, was found wrapped with a belt bearing a distinctive buckle with the initials WH, which prosecutors believe could be linked to Heuermann’s father. Authorities also pointed out that Heuermann, an architect, was connected to the victims, who were all sex workers, through DNA evidence, including a sample taken from a pizza crust found in the trash outside his office in Manhattan.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, in charge of prosecuting Heuermann, has declined to comment on the upcoming legal proceedings. It’s worth noting that the case is connected to six other unsolved deaths at Gilgo Beach.
As the legal process unfolds, the community remains on edge as they seek justice for the victims and closure for their families. The upcoming court appearance is expected to shed more light on the details of the case, providing a step forward in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their loved ones.