Heuermann was arrested Thursday night near his office on Fifth Avenue in New York City, police said.
Here’s what we know about Rex Heuermann
The suspect grew up on Long Island, according to a 2022 interview he conducted with Bonjour Reality, and lived in Massapequa Park his whole life, according to local news outlet News 12. Neighbors told the outlet he has a wife and two children.
Heuermann worked on construction and renovation projects in New York City, an employee of his Nexstar’s WPIX. Damien Richards, who was hired in 2020, said that Heuermann went into his office every day or worked remotely on job sites and his daughter usually joined him at work.
“Depending on his day, like most bosses in this industry, when he’s having a good day he’s alright,” Richards said. “But when not, he’s not the best person to be around … if he’s not having a good day.”
Richards said Heuermann was at his office on Thursday. He last spoke to him around 1 p.m.
Heuermann’s consulting firm worked with clients like Target, Nike, Burlington Coat Factory, Foot Locker and other large brand names, according to his website.
He has also worked with New York City agencies, Catholic Charities, NYC-DEP Sewerage Treatment and American Airlines, per his website.
What is Rex Heuermann accused of?
In total, 10 bodies found in the Gilgo Beach area are believed to be connected to the case. Heuermann has been charged with first-degree murder in three of the deaths: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello.
Defense attorney Michael Brown, who is representing Heuermann, said his client denied the accusations against him and told the lawyer he “didn’t do this.”
Police said Heuermann owns a first-generation Chevrolet Avalanche, which was seen by a witness to the disappearance of Costello. Heuermann is believed to have used a burner phone to contact his victims, court documents said.
He used Tinder under an alias, according to court documents. The documents also said an email account associated with one of the burner phones connected to Heuermann was used to search for sex workers, torture-related pornography and child pornography.
The email account searched for serial killers and the investigations into Barthelemy, Waterman, Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, another victim identified by police during the Gilgo Beach search, according to court documents.
In addition, Heuermann looked up the task force created to find the Gilgo Beach serial killer, court documents said.
Heuermann is also accused of using Barthelemy’s cellphone to make taunting calls to one of her family members. Court documents stated the cellphone was in Midtown Manhattan during the calls, which is where Heuermann’s office is located.
Activity on Barthelemy’s cell phone also stopped when Heuermann also traveled to Iceland in 2009, court documents said, but started up again when Heuermann returned to the U.S.
Court documents said Heuermann’s wife was out of the state during the disappearances of the three women.
Police made the connection to Heuermann after linking female hairs found on the victims to his wife. A Suffolk County Police detective recovered the hairs from 11 bottles Heuermann left out in a trash can on the curb.
They were also able to link a male hair found on Waterman to Heuermann after a surveillance team recovered a pizza box he threw out in Manhattan.