Breakthrough Arrest: Long Island Man Charged in Gilgo Beach Murders

In a breakthrough development, Rex Heuermann, a man who has lived near Gilgo Beach on Long Island for decades, has been charged with the murders of three women whose remains were discovered over a decade ago.[0] The victims, Amber Lynn Costello, Megan Waterman, and Melissa Barthelemy, were all part of a string of homicides known as the Gilgo Beach murders. Heuermann is also considered the prime suspect in the killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, although he has not been charged with that specific homicide.[1]

The arrest of Heuermann came after an extensive investigation led by federal law enforcement.[2] It was thanks to their assistance that investigators were able to track down the suspect in the Gilgo Beach murders.[3] Heuermann pleaded not guilty to six charges, including three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.[4]

Key evidence in the case includes DNA found on the victims' remains that matched Heuermann's DNA.[5] His DNA was recovered from a discarded pizza crust that was found in a trash can.[6] Additionally, a single strand of Heuermann's hair was found on one of the victims, further linking him to the crimes.[6]

While Heuermann has been charged with the murders of three women, he is also believed to be connected to the disappearance and death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.[7] The investigation into her case is ongoing, and authorities expect it to be resolved soon.

The Gilgo Beach murders have been a perplexing and haunting case for over a decade. The mystery began in 2010 when the remains of four women, including Shannan Gilbert, were discovered along Ocean Parkway.[8] In total, 11 sets of remains have been found in the area, with Heuermann now being tied to the so-called “Gilgo Four,” the four women found wrapped in burlap in 2010.[9] The case has garnered significant media attention and has left many wondering why the Long Island serial killer had not been caught earlier.[1]

Rex Heuermann is an architect and consultant who founded the firm RH Consultants and Associates in 1994.[10] He has worked extensively in New York City, including projects for American Airlines and Catholic Charities. Heuermann's arrest has shocked the community, with some individuals coming forward to share that he was their high school classmate.

Disturbing details have emerged about Heuermann's online activities, including thousands of searches related to child pornography and sadistic pornography.[4] Investigators also discovered that he had used burner phones to set up meetings with the victims and make taunting phone calls after their disappearances.

The arrest of Rex Heuermann has brought some closure to the families of the victims and the community at large. After years of uncertainty, there is finally hope that justice will be served for the Gilgo Beach murders. The ongoing investigation into Maureen Brainard-Barnes' case will shed further light on Heuermann's alleged involvement in these horrific crimes.[5] As the legal proceedings continue, the focus remains on honoring the memory of the victims and ensuring that their families receive the justice they deserve.

0. “Suspect is arrested in Long Island ‘Gilgo Beach' serial killings” NPR, 14 Jul. 2023,

1. “Burner phones and search history led police to Long Island killings suspect” The Guardian US, 14 Jul. 2023,

2. “Arrest made in Gilgo Beach murders, law enforcement officials say” Gothamist, 14 Jul. 2023,

3. “Things To Know About Rex Heuermann” Patch, 14 Jul. 2023,

4. “Mom of Gilgo Beach victim says she hopes ‘devil' Rex Heuermann will ‘suffer' in jail” Daily Mail, 15 Jul. 2023,

5. “Suspect in ‘Long Island Serial Killer' Case ID'd as Architect Rex Heuermann: Source” PEOPLE, 14 Jul. 2023,

6. “Gilgo Beach Murder Suspect Was Undone by a Pizza Box and a Tinder Account” The Daily Beast, 14 Jul. 2023,

7. “Billy Baldwin says Gilgo Beach murders suspect was his high school classmate: “Mind-boggling”” CBS News, 15 Jul. 2023,

8. “Burner phones. Pizza crust. DNA on burlap. A New York architect was charged with killing 3 women in Gilgo Beach serial killings cold case” CNN, 15 Jul. 2023,

9. “Midtown Architect Arrested In LI Beach Serial Killings: Reports” Patch, 14 Jul. 2023,

10. “NJ Woman's Long-Ago Disappearance Leads To Arrest In Long Island Serial Killings” Daily Voice, 14 Jul. 2023,