The wife of Rex Heuermann, who is accused of killing at least three women and burying their bodies on a beach near a remote coastal highway, is considering suing the police for the damage caused to her home during their search for evidence. Asa Ellerup, Mr. Heuermann’s estranged wife, is currently living in a state of “waking surreal nightmare,” according to her attorney. She is also struggling to pay for her cancer treatment while residing in a house that she claims was destroyed by investigators searching for evidence of her husband’s alleged crimes.
During a press conference on Long Island, attorneys representing Ms. Ellerup, Mr. Heuermann’s adult children, and herself announced that the family plans to file a notice of claim, a preliminary step that would allow them to eventually sue the police for the damage caused to their home. They claimed that their belongings were shattered, their living space destroyed, and they can no longer recognize the place they once called home.
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney has stated that the police followed standard procedure during their 12-day search of the house. However, Ms. Ellerup’s attorneys argue that the damage caused by the investigation has compounded an already emotionally devastating time for the family.
In addition to their legal battles, Ms. Ellerup is facing financial struggles to pay for her skin and breast cancer treatment. Her current medical insurance is tied to her husband’s employment and is set to expire later this year. The family has turned to crowdfunding and has raised over $40,000 through a GoFundMe campaign organized by Melissa Moore, the daughter of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson.
However, there has been controversy surrounding the crowdfunding effort. John Ray, an attorney for Shannon Gilbert, a woman found dead near the alleged victims, has discouraged the public from donating to the family, describing them as suspects rather than victims in the case.
Rex Heuermann was charged in the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Costello, and Megan Waterman, whose remains were discovered on Gilgo Beach. He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes. All four of the women were involved in sex work prior to their disappearances.
Bob Macedonio, an attorney for Ms. Ellerup, stated that Mr. Heuermann was leading a double life, with his wife and children unaware of his alleged crimes. The lawyers also mentioned that there has been no contact between the authorities and any family members.
Mr. Heuermann is scheduled to appear in court on September 27th. The case has baffled authorities for over a decade, and investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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