Finding the serial killer responsible for the Gilgo Beach murders was something the Suffolk County Police Department had been unable to do for more than ten years, yet it only took an ex-NYPD top cop 17 months.
The Gilgo Beach case was revived in February 2022, one month after former NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison took office as the Suffolk County police commissioner, according to the New York Post (bit.ly/3pVEhiO).
A task team established only a few weeks later examined the case’s evidence and found that the county police had neglected to act upon crucial information given to them by a friend of the victim, Amber Lynn Costello.
The associate claimed that Costello had been seen with a huge man who appeared to be an ogre and was driving a distinctive five- or six-passenger Chevrolet Avalanche.
Rex Heuermann, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 270 pounds, was identified as a suspect in the crimes for the first time thanks to such hints.
State Police Major Stephen Udice, commander of the NYSP’s Troop L, based in Farmingdale, Long Island, said: “At that time, the task force worked as a team to move forward with that information, and the investigation ultimately confirmed that Rex Heuermann was, in fact, the individual response for at least the deaths of three women.”
Heuermann’s Massapequa home’s black Chevrolet Avalanche was seized by police on Friday.
A second Chevrolet Avalanche can be seen being pulled away from a South Carolina home that belongs to Heuermann’s brother in a video that was released today by Twitter user True Crime: Seeking Justice.
According to the New York Post (bit.ly/3NSE8EK), Heuermann’s arrest satisfies a promise Harrison made to solve the Gilgo Beach killings when he was appointed Suffolk County’s top cop.
In January 2020, Harrison stated, “There is a commitment, a relentless pursuit, to identify the individuals and bring them to justice.
That’s for the family members to hear, so they’ll know we won’t stop working and will do everything in our power to hold them responsible.
At the time, Harrison told reporters he was bringing “a set of fresh eyes to the case” and planned to follow up on what seemed to be promising leads.