In a significant development that has captivated national attention, officials have announced the arrest of a suspect in the long-standing Gilgo Beach murders case on Long Island. Sources have identified the suspect as Rex Heuermann.
Heuermann was taken into custody and is expected to be arraigned later today, according to four senior law enforcement officials familiar with the case who spoke to NBC News.
Leading the investigation are the Suffolk County Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect hails from Massapequa, a neighboring town in Nassau County.
This arrest follows an earlier statement by a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, who disclosed a significant development in the case but refrained from providing further details until after a court proceeding this morning.
In March 2011, Suffolk police discovered the partial remains of Jessica Taylor along Ocean Parkway. It was revealed that Taylor’s remains had also been found in Manorville eight years prior, in 2020.
Further grim discoveries occurred in April 2011, as police uncovered three additional sets of remains, including those of Valerie Mack, a 24-year-old woman, a female toddler, and an unidentified man.
The shocking revelations continued when two more bodies were found in Nassau County.
Notably, it wasn’t until 2020 that Valerie Mack was positively identified.
Subsequently, in December 2011, police located the remains of another victim, Gilbert, on Oak Beach. It has been revealed that Gilbert, like some of the other victims, was involved in sex work.
The arrest of Rex Heuermann comes after a renewed effort to invigorate the investigation, with a multi-agency task force consisting of the FBI, New York State Police, and Suffolk County authorities collaborating on the case since February 2022.