Police in Long Island, New York, have arrested suspect Rex Heuermann, in connection with the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killer case. Heuermann was taken into custody in Manhattan and is expected to appear in court in Yaphank on Friday, according to reports from Fox News. Authorities are currently searching a residence in Massapequa Park, a 25-minute drive from where the remains of 11 individuals were discovered between 2010 and 2011 along a suburban beach highway.
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone expressed the county’s dedication to bringing justice to the victims and closure to their families, emphasizing their focus on the case over the years. The significant police presence in Massapequa Park, linked to the Gilgo Beach developments, has drawn the attention of neighbors despite the rainy weather.
Heuermann, an architect and consultant, resides on Long Island and works in Manhattan. Former neighbors recall Heuermann’s peculiar behavior, including an instance where he questioned someone’s emotional response at a funeral. Some residents describe him as a “neighborhood creep.”
According to Fox News digital, a nearby resident, Amy Lombardi, expressed shock and concern about the arrest, noting the proximity to her home and her child’s school. She hopes that the truth behind the case will be unraveled and justice served.
The Gilgo Beach case has remained unsolved for over a decade since the search for missing escort Shannan Gilbert led authorities to the bodies of multiple sex workers and other victims in the area.
Gilbert’s distressing 911 call and subsequent discovery of the “Gilgo Four” victims—Amber Lynn Costello, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, and Melissa Barthelemy—sparked the investigation.
Moreover, additional sets of remains were found, including those of Jessica Taylor, Valerie Mack, an unidentified toddler, an unidentified Asian man or transgender woman, “Peaches,” and a woman linked to remains found on Fire Island.
Authorities are expected to provide an update on the Gilgo Beach case at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. The arrest of Rex Heuermann brings hope for progress in solving this long-standing mystery and potentially bringing closure to the families affected by these heinous crimes.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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