HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region with heat advisory, air quality alert issued for the Hudson Valley

'A quiet man': Arrest of Gilgo Beach suspect sends shockwaves through Massapequa Park neighborhood where he lives

News 12 Long Island has learned the suspect is Massapequa Park resident Rex Heuermann.  

News 12 Staff

and Jenn Seelig

Jul 14, 2023, 4:57 PM

Updated 340 days ago

Share:

Police confirm they have arrested a suspect in connection to the Gilgo Beach murders.  
News 12 Long Island has learned the suspect is Massapequa Park resident Rex Heuermann.  
According to neighbors, Heuermann has lived on 1st Avenue his entire life. Neighbors say they were shocked when they woke up to police swarming their block.  
Heuermann’s next door neighbor tells News 12 he got a knock on his door from police asking him to move his car.  
According to neighbors, Heuermann was a quiet, family man and they were stunned when they heard about the investigation.  
“They are just regular neighbors. It’s crazy. Anyone would think the same thing. Just mind boggling,” said one neighbor.  
Heuermann has been charged with first- and second-degree murder for the murders of three Gilgo victims: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.
He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Aug. 1.
WATCH: DOCUMENTARY AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Gilgo Beach: Unsolved
The first of 10 bodies were found along Ocean Parkway on Dec. 11, 2010. 
The mystery attracted national headlines for many years and the unsolved killings were the subject of the 2020 Netflix film "Lost Girls."
The deaths of 11 people whose remains were found in 2010 and 2011 have long stumped investigators. Most of the victims were young women who had been sex workers. Several of the bodies were found near Gilgo Beach.
On May 9, 2011, then-Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota released details regarding the remains found along Ocean Parkway. Below is the press release from that day:


More from News 12
2:18
HEAT ALERT: Sizzling temperatures continue, heat advisory extended in the Hudson Valley

HEAT ALERT: Sizzling temperatures continue, heat advisory extended in the Hudson Valley

1:49
Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

0:45
Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

1:29
Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

1:52
Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

1:28
Emergency room doctor discusses how to prevent health issues related to high temps

Emergency room doctor discusses how to prevent health issues related to high temps

1:35
Carmel schools dismissing early for the week because of extreme heat

Carmel schools dismissing early for the week because of extreme heat

1:33
59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

1:38
Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops

Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops

2:07
Hudson Valley braces for heat advisory, cooling centers open

Hudson Valley braces for heat advisory, cooling centers open

0:42
Danskammer Energy drops plan for new methane gas plant in Newburgh

Danskammer Energy drops plan for new methane gas plant in Newburgh

1:41
Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

2:39
Made in the Hudson Valley: Loola Doola Boutique brings one-of-a-kind, handmade clutches to Westchester County

Made in the Hudson Valley: Loola Doola Boutique brings one-of-a-kind, handmade clutches to Westchester County

0:42
Headlines: Cold case guilty plea, Poughkeepsie crash injures 3

Headlines: Cold case guilty plea, Poughkeepsie crash injures 3

0:20
Parents, advocates rally to save East Ramapo schools after asbestos discovery

Parents, advocates rally to save East Ramapo schools after asbestos discovery

0:18
Fire engulfs car on Old Nyack Turnpike in Ramapo

Fire engulfs car on Old Nyack Turnpike in Ramapo

0:46
Dutchess County autism center receives $3 million in state funding

Dutchess County autism center receives $3 million in state funding

0:25
Mario Cuomo Bridge to shine blue and white for students who named falcon chicks

Mario Cuomo Bridge to shine blue and white for students who named falcon chicks

14:52:13
13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat

13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat

2:04
John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY