During a pre-trial conference in Riverhead, New York, on Wednesday, prosecutors hinted at the possibility of adding more bodies to the charges against alleged serial killer Rex Heuermann. The 59-year-old, who appeared in court dressed in a sports coat, white shirt, and tan pants, is currently facing three counts of murder related to the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27. Additionally, he is considered a prime suspect in the disappearance of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, who vanished in 2007, leading to the group of women being referred to as the “Gilgo Four.”
These developments came as Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney revealed that their investigation now encompasses other bodies found in the vicinity of Gilgo Beach, along Long Island’s southern shore.
Tierney refrained from specifying when additional charges might be filed against Heuermann, stating that the investigation was ongoing. However, he did disclose that a DNA swab taken from Heuermann after his arrest matched biological material found on a male hair recovered from burlap near Waterman’s body. Previously, investigators had established this DNA link from pizza crust discarded by Heuermann in a New York City trash can. Now, they assert they have direct DNA evidence from Heuermann’s mouth, connecting him to the leftover pizza and Waterman.
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Heuermann has been in custody since his arrest in New York City on July 13. During Wednesday’s court appearance, he informed the judge that he had been reviewing the state’s evidence against him for two to three hours daily. Since late August, prosecutors have handed over approximately 13,000 pages of potential evidence against the architectural consultant from Massapequa Park, a village in Nassau County. Heuermann’s next court date is scheduled for November 15.