Search of Heuermann's Home Yields 'Massive Amount' of Evidence

But DA says it will take time to catalog, analyze
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2023 1:20 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2023 12:20 AM CDT
Investigators Are Digging Up Heuermann's Yard
Authorities continue to work at the home of suspect Rex Heuermann, bottom right, in Massapequa Park, NY, Monday, July 24, 2023.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
UPDATE Jul 26, 2023 12:20 AM CDT

The nearly two-week-long search of the home of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann is over, authorities announced Tuesday, and a "massive amount" of evidence was recovered. Not much else was revealed, with the district attorney warning that it would "take some time" to catalog and analyze all that was discovered, NBC News reports. Asked whether anyone might have been murdered at the home, which authorities described as "cluttered," all the DA would say was, "I don't believe at this time that we can say one way or the other. The evidence does not point either way."

Jul 24, 2023 1:20 PM CDT

Investigators have been digging in the yard at the Long Island home of Rex Heuermann, who was charged earlier this month with killing at least three women and burying their remains on a remote stretch of beach highway. A yellow excavator that had been seen scooping dirt in the backyard Sunday was still at the house Monday morning. In AP drone footage, a man could also be seen operating a piece of equipment that can be used to scan for buried objects. Over the weekend, police dismantled a wooden deck at the house. "They yelled 'lift' and brought it up in one big piece, as if it was a cover," a neighbor, Barry Auslander, told the AP.

The porch has been replaced by a white tent, with a state medical examiner's truck parked nearby. Investigators with shovels could be seen scraping through the freshly upturned earth in Heuermann's yard. Investigators are trying to determine whether any of the killings happened inside the Massapequa Park home that the 59-year-old architect shared with his wife and two children. Authorites have pulled more than 200 firearms from the house, along with a large doll encased in glass and a portrait of a woman with a bruise on her face. Police also got a warrant to conduct searches of Heuermann's property in South Carolina.

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In South Carolina, where Heuermann's brother lives, police are seeking video recordings and writings related to the killings, burlap, duct tape, guns and ammunition, cutting tools, and a specific type of paper towel from the Bounty Modern Print Collection. Authorities also seized a Chevrolet Avalanche, which Heuermann had transferred to his brother in 2012, from the property. The vehicle was spotted by a roommate of one of the victims shortly before her disappearance, a tip that ultimately proved crucial in helping police make an arrest. (Cold case investigators in at least three states are looking for links to Heuermann.)

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