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Gilgo Beach investigators link another victim to suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann, sources say

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Investigators in Long Island, New York, have linked the fifth alleged victim to suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heurman, who is accused of murdering four women more than a decade ago and abandoning their bodies along a remote highway last year, sources told Fox News Digital.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment but confirmed Heuerman is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday morning for an unscheduled hearing.

An anonymous source told local newspaper Newsday that the suspected serial killer has already been charged with unspecified offences in connection with the new developments in the case.

A task force including Suffolk County, NYPD and New York State police dogs found evidence in Manorville in April, a month before investigators returned to Heurman’s home for a second search warrant in May.

Rex Heurman’s family kept brutal evidence, sources say

“The Gilgo Four” (clockwise from top left) are Maureen Brainerd Barnes, Melissa Barthélemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello. In the background, a wooden cross stands in the marsh next to Gilgo Beach, New York, where the victims’ bodies were found in the brush just a few meters from Ocean Parkway. (Suffolk County Police Department/Mega via Fox News Digital)

Police arrested Heuerman in July 2023 outside his Manhattan architecture office and spent nearly two weeks searching his Massapequa Park home, about 20 minutes from where police discovered the bodies of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Costello, 27, in 2010. Prosecutors later added a murder charge for Maureen Brainard Barnes, 25, whose body was found near the other bodies.

These women are collectively known as the “Gilgo Four” because they were found under similar circumstances in close proximity to one another.

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuerman appears in Judge Tim Mazzei's courtroom next to his attorney Michael Brown.

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heurman, right, appears in Judge Tim Mazzei’s courtroom next to his attorney Michael Brown, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Riverhead. (James Carbone/Newsday/Pool)

Seven more victims were found further east along Ocean Parkway, most of whose causes of death remain under investigation.

Two of the bodies belonged to Jessica Taylor and Valerie Mack, both of whom had been dismembered and dumped in different locations.

Police discovered parts of their bodies in Manorville in 2000 and 2003. Further remains of both victims were found near the Gilgo victim.

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Paul Mauro, a former NYPD inspector who has followed the case for years, said the Manorville search likely turned up DNA evidence that police want to match with evidence found in Heurman’s home.

Heuerman has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the Gilgo Four.

A close-up portrait of Jessica Taylor and Valerie Mack.

Jessica Taylor (left) and Valerie Mack (right) were murdered and dismembered, and Suffolk County police found the remains of each victim in Manorville, New York, and along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach. (Suffolk County Police Department/Handout)

He is being held without bail in the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, New York.

The case has not yet gone to trial.

Suspected serial killer Rex Heuerman’s home searched again

After 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert went missing from Oak Beach around 5 a.m. on May 1, 2010, police discovered 11 bodies scattered across several miles of brush along Ocean Parkway.

Shannan Gilbert Missing Woman Long Island

Shannan Gilbert’s body was discovered near Oak Beach, New York on December 13, 2011. (Shannan Gilbert’s Family)

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She panicked, called 911 and pleaded with neighbors for help before disappearing into the swamp.

Police announced in 2020 that they believe her death was in fact an accident, but her family’s lawyer disagreed.

Police said she suffered from mental illness and was known to have used disorienting drugs.

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The family hired Dr. Michael Baden, a renowned forensic pathologist and former New York City Chief Medical Examiner, who concluded that “there is insufficient information to determine a cause of death, but the autopsy findings are consistent with homicide by strangulation.”

A major bone in her throat was missing, but the bones next to it had “rough edges,” and no drugs were found in her system.

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