Rex Heuermann, the CEO of the well-known Midtown architecture company RH Consultants and Associates, has been arrested and detained in connection with the Long Island slayings. He was arrested Sunday night outside his Manhattan office. He has worked on projects for Catholic Charities, NYC-DEP Sewerage Treatment, and American Airlines.
The 59-year-old accused is the president of his own Fifth Avenue-based business, RH Architecture Design. Since 1994, he has served as the organization’s CEO.
In a YouTube interview with Bonjour Realty, Heuermann claimed to be a native of Long Island and stated, “I’ve been working in Manhattan since 1987, which is a very long time.” He resides in Massapequa Park, close to Gilgo Beach, where numerous victims’ bodies were found.
Law enforcement officials cited in publications state that the married father of two has been a suspect since last year. The calls Heuermann reportedly made to the victims’ cell phones more than ten years ago were tracked by investigators using burner phones. His home and workplace addresses matched the locations of the calls.
According to reports, “good, old-fashioned police work” rather than DNA evidence was used to solve the case. Unknown specifics may have contributed to his arrest yesterday evening.
Rex Heuermann Murders
As at Friday, it remained unclear how many of the victims had been connected to Rex Heuermann. In May 2010, when Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old escort from Jersey City, New Jersey, was reported missing on Long Island, one of the first deaths that came to light. She vanished while going to see a customer in the gated neighborhood of Oak Beach, which is three miles from Gilgo Beach.
Three miles from the location of Ms. Gilbert’s last known whereabouts, Suffolk County police discovered four bodies wrapped in burlap seven months later along Ocean Parkway. Amber Lynn Costello, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, and Melissa Barthelemy were recognized by DNA in 2011. They were all escorts who were in their 20s.
They discovered the remains of Valerie Mack, a 24-year-old mother from southern New Jersey who had been missing for 20 years and had supported herself as an escort, later that year.
Although Ms. Gilbert’s bones were discovered in December 2011, authorities have claimed they don’t think the serial killer was responsible for her passing. The release of additional evidence has been required by Ms. Gilbert’s family, who disagree.
At a press conference in 2020, the detectives unveiled a photo of what they claimed to be a key piece of information gathered early on in the case: a black leather belt with two letters about half an inch tall etched on it. Investigators determined that it spells the initials “W H” or “H M.”