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Police Release New Info On The 'Gilgo Four' Victims Of Long Island Serial Killer
Suffolk police have released new details about what Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello — the first four alleged victims of the Long Island Serial Killer — were doing in the hours before they vanished.
Police have released new information about four of the Long Island Serial Killer victims.
The Suffolk County Police Department released details about the “Gilgo Four” on Thursday and what they were doing before they were killed.
“We believe now is the right time to disseminate this previously unreleased information in hopes of eliciting tips from the public and providing greater transparency about the victims,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison said in a statement. “Our hope is that the public will review this information and come forward with any additional tips about the victims or a potential suspect or suspects.”
In all, 10 victims have been officially attributed to the elusive serial killer, but the new information applies only to the “Gilgo Four.” The moniker refers to the the first four sets of skeletal remains, which were found in December of 2010 on Gilgo Beach: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello.
Police have now divulged that Brainard-Barnes, 25 — who was originally from Norwich, Connecticut — took an Amtrak from New London, Connecticut to Grand Central station in Manhattan on July 6, 2007, the Long Island Press reports. Police say that she primarily stayed at the Super 8 Motel on West 46th Street while staying in Manhattan. There, she advertised sex work on Craigslist, Backpage and other websites under the aliases "Juliana" and "Marie." She was also known to stay at The Red Roof Inn on West 32nd Street, the Carter Hotel on West 43rd St., and the Manhattan Hotel on 8th Avenue.
Barthelemy, 24, was last seen at her basement apartment at 1149 Underhill Ave. in the Unionport section of the Bronx on July 12, 2009. She used the aliases “Chloe” and “VerySexyChloe” while advertising sex work on Adult Friend Finder and other websites. She was known to meet clients at establishments on the West Side of Manhattan. Barthelemy told a friend she was going to see a man — who was aware she was a sex worker — for the night when she vanished, according to News 13 New Jersey. Her cellphone records show she traveled from the Bronx to Manhattan; her cellphone activity was recorded in Manhattan as well as the Long Island towns of Freeport, Massapequa and Lindenhurst — which are all stops along the Long Island Railroad which sit along Long Island's Sunrise Highway along the south shore near Gilgo Beach.
Maine resident Waterman 22, was last seen on June 6, 2010 while staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge, Long Island — near the center of the island, east and north of Gilgo. She left the hotel at 1:30 am to meet a client. She used the names “Lexxy” and “Sexy Lexi” while advertising on Craigslist and Backpage. Her family last saw her as she was boarding a New York-bound Concord Trailways bus in Maine.
Costello, 27, was living in West Babylon with three other people when she vanished. She advertised sex work on Craigslist and Backpage under the names “Carolina” and “Mia.” She had recently moved to the area from Clearwater, Florida, and had completed a 28-day drug rehab, but had relapsed before her death. She was last seen leaving her home — where at least one other sex worker lived — on foot on Sept. 2, 2010 to meet a client who was picking her up. She did not have a cell phone on her, as she shared a cell with her roommates, according to Long Island Press.
Harrison, who was confirmed as the new police commissioner for Suffolk County in December, announced on New Year’s Eve that the department is in “a great place to solve” the case, citing new leads. He has vowed to release more information on the case.