Woman reveals the recent encounter with alleged serial killer that left her running to police

If you’re a true crime buff, chances are good you’ve heard of Long Island’s Gilgo Beach, where, in 2010, the bodies of four women were discovered wrapped in burlap and dumped.

Known as the “Gilgo Four,” Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; Amber Lynn Costello, 27; and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, were found within days of each other, beginning with the Dec. 11, 2010, discovery of Barthelemy’s body along Ocean Parkway.


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Fears of an active serial killer swept the area, and by the spring of 2011, the body count had risen to 10 — eight women, an unidentified man, and a toddler.

In February 2022, Suffolk County’s newly appointed police commissioner formed the Gilgo Beach Homicide Investigation Task Force, and, late on Thursday, authorities announced the arrest of 59-year-old architect Rex Heuermann in connection to three of the original Gilgo Four murders, The Associated Press reports.

Heuermann, a married father of two, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Barthelemy, Waterman, and Costello, according to the New York Post, and he is the prime suspect in Brainard-Barnes’s death.


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Following Heuermann’s arrest, one woman, identified as “Ally,” 25, told The Post that she had a chilling encounter with the suspected serial killer on July 3 in Brady Park, just minutes from the accused killer’s home.

The encounter was so disturbing, she reported it to the police.

“I was going for a bike ride over in Brady Park and he came up behind me and he asked me what time it was,” Ally recalled. “He was trying to compliment me. Asking me if I came here often. Asking me my name”

“He had very dirty clothes on,” she continued. “He popped right out of the woods. Everywhere I went in the woods he would pop out somewhere.”

During her visit to the park, Ally told The Post that Heuermann approached her twice.

“The first time he came up behind me I felt like breathing behind me,” she said. “Then he ask me what time it was and he saw the picture of me and my boyfriend on my phone. So he was just asking me questions.”

His bizarre behavior prompted Ally to call her sister to pick her up.

“That’s when I got (my sister) on the phone because I got nervous,” Ally said. “She had to pick me up. I couldn’t even go home from my bike ride.”

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Ally filed a police report and, two weeks later, was horrified to learn the circumstances of Heuermann’s arrest.

“My mom showed me the picture and I started screaming,” she told The Post. “I got so nervous because I realized that that was him.”

According to authorities, it was DNA obtained from a discarded pizza crust that linked him to the notorious murders, AP reports. Investigators have expressed their belief that it is unlikely that just one killer was responsible for all 10 Gilgo Beach murders.

“We’re going to continue to work, investigate, and try to get a small measure of closure for all the victims’ families,” vowed Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney.

“They never stopped working,” said Suffolk County police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, “and will continue to work tirelessly until we bring justice to all the families involved.”

Heuermann’s attorney, Michael Brown, entered a “not guilty” plea on behalf of his client at a Friday Riverhead state court arraignment, adding that Heuermann told him, “I didn’t do this.”

Judge Richard Ambro was unconvinced.

Citing “the extreme depravity” of Heuermann’s alleged crimes, he ordered the suspect be held without bail.

Melissa Fine

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