Following the Chilling Trail of the Gilgo Beach Murders


In 2010, Authorities Found The First Remains in the Gilgo Beach Murders

The Gilgo Beach murders stand as one of Long Island's most significant criminal investigations, according to the police. What began as a search for Shannan Gilbert, a missing sex worker, led to a grim discovery—10 bodies on a stretch of beach along the South Shore of the island. This discovery unfolded nearly 13 years after the initial victim was found. Recently, a suspect has been apprehended in connection with the case. Rex Heuermann, a 59-year-old New York City architect and a married father of two, has been charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello. These three victims were discovered in December 2010, their bodies wrapped in burlap, as per court records.

Heuermann, who is also considered the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, the fourth victim found in the same month, has not yet faced charges for her murder, as indicated in court documents. The four victims have collectively come to be known as the "Gilgo Four." Classified as Craigslist escorts, their bodies were found approximately 500 feet apart along the beach, each having met a violent demise, as confirmed by officials.

Join us in delving deeper into this haunting case and discovering the relentless pursuit of justice that has unfolded over the years.

(Suffolk Police Dept)

While searching for the missing 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert from Jersey City, New Jersey, who hadn't been seen since May 2010, the police stumbled upon the first set of female remains. These were found hidden in bushes on an isolated waterfront area along Gilgo Beach.

The search took a chilling turn when the remains of 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy were uncovered on December 11, 2010. Suffolk County officials report that these were the initial findings in this case. Just two days later, investigators made an even more unsettling revelation. The remains of three more victims—Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amber Costello, and Megan Waterman—were discovered scattered across a half-mile stretch of Gilgo Beach.