Alleged Long Island Serial Killer Returns to Court Following Significant Developments

( – In December 2010, police discovered the human remains of several women along Gilgo Beach on Long Island. It took more than a decade before they finally nailed down and arrested a suspect, Rex Heuermann. The suspect, an architect, was arrested in July 2023 and charged with the deaths of three women. He’s now been charged with another murder.

On Tuesday, January 16, officials handed down a superseding indictment against Heuermann, officially charging him with the death of 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes. After he was arrested last year, he was named the primary suspect in the woman’s death. She went missing in 2007, but not before placing a 22-minute call to 911 saying someone was trying to kill her. Heuermann is facing second-degree murder charges in this case.

Investigators used hair found on Brainard-Barnes’ body to tie Heuermann to the crime. She was bound with three belts, and the hair on one of them allegedly matched the suspect’s wife’s DNA. Court filings, according to Fox News, show that another hair recovered from the burlap material concealing the victim’s body matched Heuermann.

The suspect appeared in court on Tuesday, where his attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. At the time, he also reserved the right to apply for bail. However, the judge remanded Heuermann without bail. He will appear back in court on February 16.

Heuermann is also facing murder charges in the deaths of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert, 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy, and 22-year-old Megan Waterman. All four of the women have been dubbed the “Gilgo Four” for the location where they were found. They were also reportedly all sex workers, creating another link between them.

Police have also found the bodies of many other women and a child on the beach. Many suspect the deaths are linked to one or more serial killers. So far, Heuermann isn’t publicly considered a suspect in any of those.

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