The wife of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann has visited him in jail for the first time since he was arrested on July 13.
Asa Ellerup filed for divorce six days after the Manhattan architect was charged with the murder of three sex workers whose bodies were among 11 found on the desolate stretch of coastline close to their Long Island Home between 2010 and 2011.
She is suing the FBI for damage sustained during a 12-day search of their home in Massapequa Park, and told DailyMail.com in August she refused to ‘walk down the street’ due to the hostility of neighbors.
‘Rex Heuermann is allowed the same visitations that all other inmates are entitled to,’ Suffolk County Jail spokesperson Victoria DiStefano told Newsday.
‘Visits are one hour and visitors are allowed to embrace once at the beginning and end of the visit. All inmates are searched after visits.’
Asa Ellerup, the wife of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Neuerman visited him in jail on Wednesday for the first time since his arrest
Heuermann, 60, is charged with killing Megan Waterman, 22, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and is the suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25
Heurmann has been held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility without bail since being arrested at his Manhattan architectural firm on July 13
Heuermann, 60, is charged with killing Megan Waterman, 22, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and is the prime suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25.
His wife’s visit came days after Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison assigned additional investigators to the case of two other women, Valerie Mack and Karen Vergata.
‘I thought it was a good idea to grab some people from the outside to take a look at other things that maybe, potentially attach themselves to Rex Heuermann,’ he told reporters.
Heuermann is not contesting the divorce after being served with papers by his wife of 27 years on Sept 22.
His two children Victoria Heuermann, 26, who worked at her father’s Manhattan architecture firm, and a son Christopher Sheridan, 33, have also stayed away.
Her lawyer, Robert Macedonio, said Ellerup, 59, risks losing health coverage for her breast and skin cancer since filing for divorce from her husband.
‘The source of her health insurance was from her husband’s employment,’ he explained.
‘So that will no longer be available to her to treat the cancer.
‘Cancer drugs are expensive, how is she going to pay for treatment?’
Asa Ellerup filed for divorce six days after the Manhattan architect was charged with the murder of three sex workers
Melissa Barthelemy, top left, Amber Costello, top right, Megan Waterman, bottom left, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Authorities on Long Island are vowing to continue investigating the Gilgo Beach murders after charging an architect in the deaths of three of the 11 victims
Police found eleven bodies dumped by the Gilgo Beach shore as the searched in 2010 and 2011
The Heuermann-Ellerup home in Long Island as investigators removed items from the house
The suspect’s house sits directly north of Gilgo Beach across the South Oyster Bay
Ellerup – whose hair was found at one of the crime scenes but it not believed to be an accomplice – attended Farmingdale High School and married briefly in her 20s, divorcing in the early 1990s.
More than 250 guns were recovered by law enforcement officers from the home where police believe at least one of the murders took place and where the couple had lived since 1994.
She said the she was left without a bed to sleep in after detectives tore apart the family home.
‘I woke up in the middle of the night, shivering,’ she said, adding that her two adult children were suffering from anxiety.
‘My children cry themselves to sleep. I mean, they’re not children. They’re grown adults but they’re my children, and my son has developmental disabilities and he cried himself to sleep.’
‘Look I don’t want to walk down the street. I heard what people said about us. I heard it.
Long Island serial killer timeline
– May, 2010: Police begin search for Shannan Gilbert
– December 11, 2010: Body of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, is discovered
– December 13, 2010: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Costello, 27, are all found
– December 15, 2010: FBI offers its services in the case
– March 2011: police find the skull of a prostitute named Jessica Taylor, 20
-April 2011: Valerie Mack, 24, Jane Doe No. 3 and her toddler are found
-December 2011: Gilbert’s remains are found
-July, 2023 – Suspect arrested
‘I heard the other people on the neighborhood. They want the house bulldozed.’
Heuermann denied the three murders he has been charged with and Harrison described the investigation into the murders of Mack and Vergata as a ‘work in progress’.
Mack, 24, vanished from her New Jersey family home in the summer of 2000.
She was last known to be living in Philadelphia, where she worked as an escort under the name Melissa Taylor.
Her partial skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area in Manorville in September 2000 – initially she was known as ‘Jane Doe No. 6.’
Harrison said the task force is also trying to determine how the dismembered body of Vergata, 34, was found on Fire Island in April 1996.
Like Mack, Vergata was never reported missing. She was previously referred to as ‘Jane Doe No. 7.’
At the time of her disappearance, she was thought to have been working as an escort.
The 34-year-old disappeared around Valentine’s Day 1996. Two months later, her legs were found in a plastic bag at a park near Fire Island’s Blue Point Beach.
Her skull was recovered over a decade later, in April 2011 by Ocean Parkway.
Vergata’s remains were linked by DNA analysis that July. Thanks to advancements in genetic genealogy, she was identified in October 2022.
All of Heuermann’s alleged victims worked as escorts who advertised themselves on Craigslist.
Their remains were found on a stretch of Gilgo Beach in December 2010, all wrapped in camouflage burlap and bound with belts or red tape.
DNA on the burlap used to transport Waterman’s body was compared to samples taken from a pizza crust and napkin that were discarded outside Heuermann’s Manhattan architectural firm.
The samples boasted a 99.96 percent match.
Before they could even think to test his DNA, cops were turned onto his trail after a witness linked Heuermann’s Chevrolet Avalanche to Costello’s murder.
The car was then linked to Heuermann’s cellphone records, which tied him to locations related to the murders.
An aerial view of the area near Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway on Long Island
Cops accuse Heuermann of using Barthelemy’s phone to make taunting phone calls to her family – from the comfort of his office.
He most recently appeared in court on September 27 for a short status hearing on his upcoming trial for the murders of Waterman, Barthelemy and Costello.
When asked by the judge if he’d been able to review case evidence in his cell, Heuermann responded in the affirmative, and said he’d been averaging ‘two to three’ hours of reviewing. He did not speak a word otherwise.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.