Gilgo Beach serial murder suspect Rex Heuerman has been charged with the murder of the fourth woman
The charges, unsealed Tuesday in Suffolk District Court in Riverhead on Long Island, relate to the death of Maureen Brainard Barnes, 25, whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach.
Heuerman was considered the prime suspect in her death. He has already been charged in the death of Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, were all found in high grass near Gilgo Beach.
The remains of the four women – known as “Gilgo four“—She was discovered in December 2010 when authorities were searching for Shannan Gilbert, a sex worker who disappeared on May 1, 2010.
Gilbert, 23, was reportedly last seen running through the gated community of Oak Beach after leaving the client’s home, according to police. Case timeline. Her remains were not found until December 2011.
Authorities said Heuerman was linked to the deaths of Barthelemy, Waterman and Costello through cellphone data and DNA obtained from a discarded pizza slice. His wife’s hair was also found at the crime scene, leading authorities to believe that the items used, such as burlap bags and duct tape, came from their home.
He was arrested in July While investigators surrounded him outside his architectural office in Manhattan. Heuerman has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the killings of Barthelemy, Waterman and Costello.
He was ordered held without bail.
Brainard Barnes’ remains were discovered along Ocean Parkway on Dec. 13, 2010, according to authorities. Her remains were found with those of Costello Waterman. Barthelemy’s remains were found on December 11, 2010.
The four women worked as escorts on Craigslist and were last seen between July 2007 and September 2010, according to the case timeline.
As the search for Gilbert continued, several other sets of human remains were discovered including the partial remains of Jessica Taylor, and the remains of a 24-year-old young woman. Valerie MacA girl, a man, the child’s mother, and an unidentified person.
Heuerman is not a suspect in all of the deaths and has not been charged in the deaths of Gilbert, Taylor or Mack.
Carolina Gonzalez and Emily Ikeda reported from Riverhead, and Mignon Burke reported from Pittsburgh