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Gilgo Beach murders: what led to the arrest

Jul 18, 2023, 6:00 PM

Police officers stand guard as law enforcement searches the home of Rex Heuermann, Saturday, July 1...

Police officers stand guard as law enforcement searches the home of Rex Heuermann, Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Massapequa Park, N.Y. Heuermann, a Long Island architect, was charged Friday, July 14, with murder in the deaths of three of the 11 victims in a long-unsolved string of killings known as the Gilgo Beach murders. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)
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(AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

LONG ISLAND, New York  — An arrest has been made in the Gilgo Beach murders. Rex Heuermann, 59, who is an architect has been charged with murder in the deaths of three of the women whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach in Long Island, New York.

Detectives used burner cellphone data and DNA collected from a pizza box that Heuermann used, which matched the DNA found on the victims’ bodies. 

“Authorities have said in the past that there could be multiple killers, who used that area of Gilgo Beach to bury remains,” said Sloan Glass, a national correspondent for NewsNation. 

Glass told Dave & Dujanovic that the police wanted to make an arrest as soon as possible. When they connected Heuermann’s patterns and behaviors with cellphone data, they worried he could strike again. 

During their search for the victims, police uncovered 11 bodies strewn across several miles in a thicket near the highway, according to Associated Press. Most of the bodies were female. 

“I think that this is really just the beginning of what happened in the area,” Glass said. Heuermann has not been tied to the other sets of remains that were found on Gilgo Beach at this time.

“Heuermann is also the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes,” said Glass, regarding a potential fourth victim. Although the charges are pending, she thinks they will come quickly. 

“There’s a lot of compelling DNA evidence that associates Heuermann to the women who he’s been charged in their deaths,” said Glass.

She doesn’t know what will happen with the other victims found on the beach. But she said she believes this is just the beginning of figuring out what happened in the area. 

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