© Reuters. Suffolk County Police and investigators are pictured close to the scene of the arrest of a suspect in a number of murders of as much as 10 girls on Lengthy Island in Massapequa Park, New York, U.S., July 14, 2023. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
By Julia Harte and Rami Ayyub
NEW YORK (Reuters) -A person has been charged with the murders of three girls in New York greater than a decade in the past and leaving their our bodies close to a Lengthy Island seashore, the Suffolk County District Lawyer’s workplace mentioned on Friday.
Eleven units of human stays had been present in 2010 and 2011 alongside an remoted stretch of Gilgo Seashore on an Atlantic barrier island about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of New York Metropolis.
The stays had been linked to 9 girls, one man and a toddler woman. The killings drew nationwide consideration.
Suffolk County District Lawyer Raymond A. Tierney instructed reporters Rex A. Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect who lived a 20-minute drive from Gilgo Seashore in Massapequa Park, confronted three counts every of homicide within the first and second diploma.
Heuermann pleaded not responsible to the costs, CBS Information mentioned. He was arrested on Thursday night and is below investigation for the homicide of a fourth girl whose disappearance and demise resembled the others, Tierney mentioned.
Tierney’s workplace requested in a bail utility on Friday that Heuermann be remanded into custody with out bail, noting that if convicted of the costs, Heuermann faces a number of sentences of life in jail with out parole.
Detectives used DNA samples to hyperlink Heuermann to the murders, together with swabbing leftover crust from a pizza he consumed after a surveillance group noticed him throw it away in Manhattan in January, the bail utility mentioned.
Heuermann used a burner cellphone to contact the three girls, who had been of their 20s and marketed themselves as intercourse staff, and certain them with belts or tape earlier than wrapping a few of the our bodies in a burlap-type materials, in line with the appliance.
“This case will not be over, it is solely starting,” Tierney mentioned at a press convention the place he appeared alongside Suffolk County legislation enforcement officers, federal brokers and a few of the victims’ family.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison mentioned his officers had been investigating the opposite murders. He urged the general public to share any related data with them.
A minimum of 5 of the Gilgo Seashore victims had been recognized as lacking prostitutes who had marketed for purchasers on-line, together with on Craigslist, police have mentioned.