Gilgo Search Aims to Find Human Remains

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(Truth Voices) — Retired forensic pathologist and former medical examiner Dr. Michelle Dupre suggests that “human remains” might be the reason behind a new search warrant executed at the home of Rex Heuermann.

Heuermann is the suspect in the deaths of four women whose bodies were discovered along Gilgo Beach. The medical examiner arrived at his residence on Monday morning, and Truth Voices’s Laura Ingle observed large evidence bags being removed from the house.

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“They must have found something that they think is either human remains,” Dupre mentioned on “Banfield” on Monday night. “Or they found some possessions from one or more of the victims in that area. So the medical examiner would be called out to assist in that search … Maybe they even found weapons that were related to the crimes.”

Dupre stated that medical examiners usually look for things related to the “body, or closely related to the victim.”

Last month, authorities conducted a multiday search of the woods in Manorville, New York, although it remains unclear if this search is connected to the ongoing investigation. No family members were present during Monday’s search, and Heuermann’s estranged wife, Asa Ellerup, confirmed the home had been searched.

Heuermann is currently awaiting trial, facing murder charges in the deaths of four women known as the Gilgo Four, whose bodies were discovered along Gilgo Beach in Long Island, New York.

Investigators previously searched Heuermann’s home following his arrest and the charges for the deaths of Amber Lynn Costello, Megan Waterman, and Melissa Barthelemy. He was later charged with the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.

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All four women were sex workers, and their bodies, along with several others, were found along Gilgo Beach in 2010 and 2011. At this time, Heuermann has not been linked to any other deaths.

In the initial search of Heuermann’s home in summer 2023, police found what they described as a “huge list” of items, including more than 200 weapons. They also searched the backyard of the home, and Heuermann’s family claimed investigators left the home in disarray.

Ellerup filed for divorce after Heuermann’s arrest. Her DNA was among the evidence that eventually led to Heuermann’s arrest, as police used familial DNA to help identify the suspect.

Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin's reporting beat centers around real estate, technology, and true crime. Previously, Liz completed video internships for Business Insider in New York City and Milkwood film studios in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied broadcast journalism and received concentrations in music and psychology.

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