Gilgo Case

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SUSPECT CHARGED

Rex A. Heuermann was arrested on July 13, 2023. He has been charged with the following murders:

  • Maureen Brainard-Barnes
  • Melissa Barthelemy
  • Megan Waterman
  • Amber Costello
  • Jessica Taylor
  • Sandra Costilla

UPDATES




June 6, 2024

Two more murder charges

Rex Heuermann has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla.
Read more: NewsDay.com




July 16, 2023

Storage Unit Searched

Suffolk police executed a search warrant at a storage unit in Amityville as part of the investigation into Rex Heuermann.
Read more: News12.com


CASE SUMMARY

In May of 2010, 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappeared from a gated community on the south shore of Long Island. Her disappearance led to a search that uncovered ten other bodies along a desolate beach highway. Some of these cases were linked to other sets of human remains previously found around Long Island, and several more may be connected. The case made national headlines with the media naming the perpetrator the "Long Island Serial Killer" or "LISK."

In December of 2010, while searching for Shannan Gilbert, police discovered a body near Gilgo Beach off Ocean Parkway. This victim would be identified as 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy. Two days later, the bodies of three more women were found nearby: Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Megan Waterman, 22, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25. These women have been called the "Gilgo Beach Four."

Three months later, in March of 2011, the partial remains of 20-year-old Jessica Taylor were found near Gilgo Beach. Part of Taylor’s body had been discovered eight years earlier and 40 miles away in Manorville, New York.

Days later, three more sets of human remains were discovered alongside Ocean Parkway. The first was 24-year-old Valerie Mack, whose partial remains had also been found in Manorville years earlier. An unidentified toddler was found near Mack. Two miles west, police discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified Asian person believed to be 17 to 23 years old.

A week later, in April of 2011, two more sets of partial remains were found along Ocean Parkway. The first was a woman who is believed to be the mother of the toddler found the week before. Part of her body had been previously discovered in Hempstead Lake State Park in 1997. The second was the skull of a woman who was linked to remains found on Fire Island in 1996.

The case is still unsolved. While police and the FBI search for the killer (or killers), the victim's family members want to make sure their loved ones aren't forgotten.

Visit the official case website at GilgoNews.com.

Update: A suspect was arrested on July 13, 2023. Rex Heuermann has been charged with murder in connection with multipe victims. More updates will follow.

FEATURED EVIDENCE

Leather belt

Peach tattoo

Jewelry


The LISK Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, Stitcher, and Pod Chaser.
Season 2 was released on July 14, 2021.


A PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY OF THE CASE

photos by Laura Grace McClintock

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Gilgo Beach, New York, where the bodies of ten victims were discovered in 2010-2011.
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Another view of Gilgo Beach.
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Penn Station, New York. The last known location of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
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View from the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge where Megan Waterman was last seen.
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Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York. The last known location of Jessica Taylor.
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Manorville, New York, where the torsos of Jessica Taylor and Valerie Mack were found.
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Woods of Manorville, New York.
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The Long Island Expressway which connects the crime scenes within Long Island.