Police rule out link between Gilgo beach killings suspect and unsolved murders in Atlantic City in 2006

Authorities have determined that the man arrested in connection with the Gilgo Beach serial killings in New York is not connected with a series of unsolved murders in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rex Huermann, 59, was arrested on July 13th and charged with six counts of murder in the deaths of Amber Castello, Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. The women, who were all sex workers in their 20s, went missing in 2009 and 2010 before their remains were found in Gilgo Beach. After Huermann’s arrest, authorities in Las Vegas, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Connecticut investigated possible links between him and local cold cases. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison initially considered investigating Huermann in connection with the Black Horse Pike Strangler case in Atlantic City, but now believes that someone else is responsible for those murders.

Sam Taylor, whose niece was one of the Black Horse Pike victims, expressed his surprise that the alleged serial killer in New York might not be connected to the Atlantic City murders. Huermann was first linked to the Gilgo Beach murders due to a witness tip 13 years ago. This tip was revisited last year when the Suffolk Police Department reopened the investigation into the murders. Further evidence linking Huermann to the crimes includes cellphone records, online searches, and DNA evidence. During the investigation of Huermann’s home in Massapequa Park, a mattress was allegedly discovered inside a large vault in the basement. However, the Suffolk County District Attorney refused to confirm or deny the existence of the mattress or reveal any details about it.

The search of Huermann’s property ended on Tuesday after nearly two weeks, during which investigators seized items and dug up the yard for clues or trophies from the victims. Approximately 270 guns were also seized from the home, for which Huermann had legal permits for 92 handguns and several long guns. Huermann has pleaded not guilty to the murders and is scheduled to appear in court on August 1st.

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