- Rex Heuermann’s wife Asa Ellerup found their Massapequa Park home in a complete disarray when investigators launched an extensive search following his arrest
- She and her two adult children immediately left the home on police orders, leaving them no time to find their pets in the chaos
- Heuermann is accused of killing three sex workers and is the prime suspect in a fourth murder
The family of the suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer has slammed cops for leaving their beloved cats at a “killing shelter” after tearing their home apart and forcing them to cook on the front lawn.
Rex Heuermann, 59, is accused of killing Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello, who disappeared in 2009 and 2010, and is the prime suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who disappeared in 2007.
His wife, Asa Ellerup, found their Massapequa Park home in a complete disarray when investigators launched a thorough search following his arrest.
She and her two adult children immediately left the home on police orders, leaving them no time to find their pets in the chaos.
They ended up sleeping in a rental car for days before being allowed home – and have been living in a “wake up horror show” ever since.
Asa Ellerup and her two adult children. They left the home immediately on police orders, meaning they didn’t have time to find their pets amid the chaos. Rex Heuermann, 59, is charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello, who disappeared in 2009 and 2010. The prime suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who disappeared in 2007. Pictured: One of the family’s cats. They were missing when they got home. Police officers had sent them to a “killing shelter”.
Melissa Moore, the daughter of serial killer Keith Jesperson, met with Ellerup to offer her support – and told the Sun US police had sent the family’s cats to a killing shelter.
Rex’s son Christopher, who has learning disabilities, was able to locate his service dog Stewie before they were shunned from the property – but their two cats couldn’t find them.
Moore said, “They assumed the police would take care of the animals since they left the house without notice.”
“The authorities immediately caught the cats and sent them to a killing center.”
Eventually, thanks to their lawyers, Ellerup and her children were able to find their cats and bring them home.
Moore added, “Attorneys representing Asa learned that her animals were in a shelter and arranged for them to be removed before they could be euthanized.”
Etienne de Villiers, 68, who lives next door to the family, said that since the man’s arrest, the family have been spending increasing amounts of time on the front lawn of their house because investigators had declared the house “uninhabitable”.
The interior is said to be covered in debris from the search, attorney Vess Mitev said.
Villiers told the NYTimes, “They have barbecues on the front lawn – they’ve never done anything like that before.” Suddenly they’re out there all the time.’
Luckily, they got their cats back before they were euthanized. The inside of her home is said to be covered in debris from her search, attorney Vess Mitev said
This follows reports that Heuermann has been seeing a minister in prison once a week at his request – as he continues to appear “emotional” after being relieved of suicide surveillance.
He spent the first few days in prison isolated in his bunk in his 60-square-foot cell, often looking at the ceiling, but has since settled in, Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr told Newsweek on Thursday.
“I didn’t see any emotion in him,” the sheriff said. “You’re wondering what’s going on… Is there something brewing in there?”
Discussing the architect’s five-week sentence at Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, Toulon shared that Heuermann walks alone in a small recreation area and spends his time reading and watching TV.
While journalists and true-crime fans have asked to see him, Heuermann has only met with his attorney, Michael Brown, and a man the sheriff declined to name.
As part of the investigation, police spoke to sex workers who worked in the Long Island area.
Two prostitutes hired by Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann have accused him of being “violent” and “aggressive” towards them.
They were interviewed in late July, shortly after Heuermann’s arrest, and said they feared for their safety during intimate encounters with the New York-based architect.
“A person of that size who’s a little bit aggressive was probably scary,” Toulon said of Heuermann, who is 6’1″ and weighs 240 pounds.
Although they were not hurt, both sex workers told police they were unnerved after their only meeting with the suspect.
Heuermann’s arrest marked a stunning breakthrough in the long-stalled case, which first made headlines in 2010 when police began searching for a missing woman, Shannon Gilbert, near Gilgo Beach on Long Island.