RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A man previously considered a “prime suspect” in a series of long-unsolved killings on New York’s Long Island known as the Gilgo Beach murders is facing new murder charges in connection with the case.
According to prosecutors, Rex Heuermann has been indicted for second-degree murder in the 2007 death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, one of the 11 people found dead near Ocean Parkway on Long Island in 2010 and 2011.
The Gilgo Beach murders have sparked fears of a serial killer and have prompted years of investigations, with the victims’ families advocating for justice. Heuermann was already facing murder charges in the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Amber Lynn Costello, 27; and Megan Waterman, 22.
Authorities noted that they found evidence linking Heuermann to the murders, including DNA from his wife found on the bodies of some of the victims. In a bail application, prosecutors cited the likelihood that the materials used in the murders came from Heuermann’s residence or were transferred from his clothing.
The latest development in the case has brought hope to those seeking closure for the victims and their loved ones. The indictment is a significant step forward in the pursuit of justice for the Gilgo Beach murder victims.
As the legal proceedings continue, the public eagerly awaits further updates on the investigation into the long-standing mystery.