Gilgo Beach Suspect to Face Additional Charges

( – The man the press calls the Gilgo Beach serial killer, Rex Heuermann, will likely be charged with a fourth murder this week. The fourth victim, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, disappeared in 2007 at the age of 25. Her dismembered body was discovered in 2010 as part of what has been dubbed as the “Gilgo Four.” The term refers to the body parts of four women discovered within close proximity to each other along Long Island’s Gilgo Beach.

Barnes’ body was found bound by a series of belts, one which had the initials “WH” or “HM” depending on the perspective. Throughout their investigation, police determined the initials likely read “WH” and indicate that the belt was the property of Heuermann’s grandfather, William Heuermann who died in 1964.

Rex Heuermann, 60, ran a successful New York City firm that dealt with architecture and city expediting was a married father of two at the time of his arrest in July of 2023. His DNA was matched to samples taken from Megan Waterman, 22, and he has subsequently been charged with her murder as well as those of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27. All of the victims in the area were known to be petite women who were prostitutes.

In total, the “Gilgo Beach Killer” investigation has been going on for years and has involved the remains of more than 10 people. The first remains were discovered during a 2010 investigation of a missing woman named Shannan Gilbert, an escort from Jersey City, New Jersey. Gilbert’s family communicated through their lawyer that they have a “careful caution” hoping to have some closure regarding Shannan. At this point, authorities have been keeping details quiet and nothing concerning Gilbert has been mentioned. The Gilbert family lawyer said the likely coming fourth murder charge gives his clients hope but “doesn’t lead us closer to anything.”

NY police commissioner Rodney Harrison reopened this case in January of 2022. Harrison formed a Gilgo Beach Homicide Investigation Task Force the next month and it was soon after that Heuermann was identified as the prime suspect and arrested.

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