The long-awaited arrest of a suspect in the Gilgo Beach serial killings has brought closure to the families of the victims and hope for justice. Rex Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect, was arrested on Friday, July 14, 2023, and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello.
Heuermann was arrested after a two-year investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department. The investigation was led by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, who put together a task force of county police detectives, investigators from the sheriff's office, state police, and the FBI.
The task force was able to identify Heuermann as a suspect after they linked him to the victims through DNA evidence. They also found evidence in Heuermann's home that linked him to the murders, including burner phones, pizza crust, and DNA on burlap.
Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but prosecutors say they have a strong case against him. They have presented evidence that shows Heuermann was in the area where the victims were found at the time of their deaths, and they have also found evidence that he knew the victims.
The arrest of Rex Heuermann is a major breakthrough in the Gilgo Beach serial killings case. It brings closure to the families of the victims and hope for justice. The investigation is still ongoing, and prosecutors say they are confident that they will be able to prove Heuermann's guilt.