June 24, 2024

Gilgo Beach suspect Rex Heuermann had more than 200 guns in his home, police say

The suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer had a stash of more than 200 guns in a vault inside his home, the Suffolk County police commissioner said.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the weapons owned by Rex Heuermann, 59, are legally registered, Commissioner Rodney Harrison said “Fox & Friends” in an interview on Monday.

“Arsenal was in a vault he had downstairs,” he said.

“Anytime someone has that kind of arsenal, we have some concerns,” he said.

A police spokesman said they are “not releasing anything else about seized items/evidence.”

Heuermann, a married architect from New York, was charged Friday with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; and Amber Lynn Costello 27. Arrested Thursday night in his downtown Manhattan office.

The remains of all the women were discovered in December 2010 on Gilgo Beach on Long Island’s South Shore, and all were believed to be sex workers who had advertised on online sites, according to police.

Heuermann is also a suspect in the disappearance and death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, whose remains were also found near Gilgo Beach. That investigation is still ongoing, according to the bail application.

Michael J. Brown, an attorney for Heuermann, told reporters that his client denied any involvement and said the allegations are “extremely circumstantial in nature.”

From left, Melissa Barthelemy, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello. Rex Heuermann is accused in the murders of Barthelemy, Waterman, and Costello and is suspected in the disappearance and death of Brainard-Barnes.Suffolk County Police Department via AP file

“The only thing he said, in tears, was ‘I didn’t do this,'” Brown said. “He’s distressed. He’s obviously distressed by the charges here.”

Heuermann is being held without bail. He pleaded not guilty.

The remains of the four women, dubbed the “Gilgo Four,” were discovered during the search for missing 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen running through the gated community of Oak Beach after running away from home on clients, according to police case timeline.

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During Gilbert’s search, another set of human remains was discovered. In March 2011, Suffolk police found the partial remains of Jessica Taylor along Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County. Eight years earlier, a still belonging to Taylor was also found in Manorville, police said.

On April 4, 2011, three more sets of remains were discovered on Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County that belonged to 24-year-old Valerie Mack, a female toddler, and a man, police said. A week later in neighboring Nassau County, where Heuermann lives, two additional sets of remains belonging to the toddler’s mother and an unknown person were found.

Gilbert’s remains were not discovered until December 2011.

Heuermann is not a suspect in all of the deaths but was linked to three of the victims through cellphone data. DNA taken from a discarded pizza allegedly linked him to a male hair found on a burlap used to wrap Waterman, investigators said.

Daniela Silva helped.

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