Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuerman’s backyard cleared of human remains, Long Island DA says


Investigators have concluded an extensive search of the home of Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuerman and say no conclusive evidence of human remains has been found.

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Tuesday that it’s too early to tell whether evidence collected from the home will show whether a woman was killed inside the home.

‘The evidence does not point one way or the other,’ he said, adding that the search had recovered a ‘vast amount of material’ that needed to be processed and analysed.

‘It’s not like TV, the analysts will take some time to do their work,’ the prosecutor said, adding that forensic technicians would carefully examine any trace evidence or DNA clues in material removed from the house.

However, Tierney confirmed that investigators did not recover obvious human remains during an excavation of Heuerman’s yard, saying, ‘no notes were taken from the back yard.’

A yellow excavator is seen Monday outside Massapequa Park, the Long Island home of Rex Heuerman.

The Heuerman-Ellerup home on Long Island is pictured Saturday, as investigators remove items from the home.

Heuerman, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of killing three women — Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Costello and Megan Waterman. He is the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes.

The July 14 arrest of Heuerman, a 59-year-old architect, marks a startling development in a long-running cold case that first made headlines in 2010, when police began searching for missing woman Shannon Gilbert near Gilgo Beach, Long Island.

Instead, they discovered 10 sets of human remains scattered on a deserted barrier island. Among the dead are eight women, one man and one child. Prosecutors remain tight-lipped about whether Heuerman is a suspect in the other deaths.

For more than a week, investigators conducted an extensive search of Human’s home in Massapequa Park, a Long Island town where the bodies were discovered more than a decade ago.

A yellow digger dug up dirt in the backyard last weekend, and drone footage from The Associated Press on Monday showed a man operating a tool that can be used to scan for buried objects.

This week’s exclusive photo also shows investigators looking at trays of objects recovered from a backyard dig.

Some experts speculated that they could be human remains, while others warned that they could be animals or something else.

Manhattan architect Rex Heuerman, 59, is charged with three murders attributed to the Gilgo Beach serial killer, and is the prime suspect in the killing of a fourth victim.

A forensic photographer is seen bending over trays of objects dug up from Human’s backyard. Prosecutors say ‘notes of notes’ were discovered in the backyard

Over the weekend, police also dismantled a wooden deck at the home.

‘They screamed ‘and made it into a big piece, like it was a cover,’ neighbor Barry Auslander told the AP.

The porch was replaced by a white tent, with a state medical examiner’s truck parked nearby.

Investigators with shovels can be seen scraping at the freshly turned soil.

Heuerman shared the home with his 59-year-old wife, Asa Ellarup, but police said they do not believe Ellarup or their adult children were involved in the murders.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison told News 12 Long Island investigators could not confirm if any of the victims ever visited Heuerman’s home.

“We’re doing a full investigation around the house to see if there’s anything we need to take a closer look at,” he said Monday.

‘Can we confirm that someone was killed inside the house? We cannot confirm that at the moment.’

Harrison said Human’s basement room was not soundproof but confirmed it had extremely thick walls.

Harrison said it may have been used to store his large collection of guns.

More than 200 firearms were found in his suburban Massapequa Park, Long Island, home — even though he only had a permit for 92, according to prosecutors.

Developing story, more to follow.

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