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New York Architect Charged with Multiple Murders in Connection with “Gilgo Beach” Case

A New York architect has been charged with six counts of murder by a grand jury in connection with the deaths of three of the “Gilgo Four” women, according to a bail application from the Suffolk County District Attorney. This marks the first arrest made in the long-standing and unsolved case that has raised speculation about the involvement of a serial killer.

The suspect, Rex Heuermann, (pictured) was taken into custody on Thursday night by federal law enforcement. Authorities executed a search warrant at an address registered to him in Massapequa Park. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office confirmed that Heuermann is connected to the murder of four women, known as the “Gilgo Four,” whose bodies were found wrapped in burlap within days of each other in 2010.

Heuermann, a registered architect and owner of the New York City-based firm RH Consultants & Associates, has been in the architecture industry since 1987. His company’s website states that he has provided services to various organizations, including city agencies, non-profit agencies, builders, developers, and individual building owners.

The “Gilgo Beach” case has puzzled authorities since the discovery of the initial set of female remains along Gilgo Beach in 2010. Among the victims identified were Melissa Barthelemy, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amber Lynn Costello, and Megan Waterman. These discoveries sparked a comprehensive investigation and widespread attention in the region.

Suffolk County officials, along with investigators and prosecutors, are set to announce a significant development in the investigation by the Gilgo Beach Homicide Investigation Task Force. County Executive Steve Bellone expressed that the arrest is a major step forward in bringing justice to the victims and closure to their families.

While investigating Shannan Gilbert’s disappearance in 2010, police discovered multiple sets of human remains in the vicinity of Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach. The case has prompted intense scrutiny and led to the launch of a website to gather new tips. Investigators believe Gilbert’s death may have been accidental and unrelated to the Gilgo Beach slayings.

In 2020, Suffolk County police identified one of the victims, previously referred to as “Jane Doe #6,” as Valerie Mack, a 24-year-old Philadelphia mother who had been missing for two decades. Police formed a task force, including the FBI, state police, and county law enforcement agencies, to bolster the investigation.

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