Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann in his...

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann in his July 14 booking photo. Credit: Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann received a visit from his estranged wife Wednesday at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, an attorney confirmed to Newsday Thursday.

It was the first time that Asa Ellerup, who filed for divorce from Heuermann six days after his July 13 arrest on first- and second-degree murder charges in the killings of three women, visited Heuermann. Since Heuermann's incarceration, the pair have communicated by telephone. 

“I can confirm that Asa did visit with Rex yesterday,” said Ellerup’s divorce attorney, Bob Macedonio, in response to an inquiry. “I have no further comment.”

Jail spokesperson Victoria DiStefano declined to confirm that Ellerup visited Heuermann but said, “As per policy we do not release the names of visitors, but I can confirm that Rex Heuermann received a visit yesterday.”

Asked about various aspects of Heuermann's Wednesday visit, DiStefano said, "Rex Heuermann is allowed the same visitations that all other inmates are entitled to. 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."

Heuermann’s defense attorney Michael J. Brown did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but has said previously that Ellerup has spoken by telephone with Heuermann while he’s been incarcerated.

Heuermann, 60, of Massapequa Park, has been held without bail since his arrest in the killings of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Lynn Costello, whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach 13 years ago. Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors have said Heuermann, who worked as a Manhattan architect before his arrest, is also the prime suspect in the slaying of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose remains were found with the other three victims. All four of the women — the first of 10 sets of remains found along Ocean Parkway that are believed to be the work of one or more serial killers — were sex workers.

Prosecutors have said they linked Heuermann to the women's killings through DNA, cellphone site data and burner phones. 

Prosecutors have said that a cheek swab, obtained from Heuermann by court order since he’s been in custody, matched a mitochondrial DNA profile that authorities who were surveilling Heuermann developed from a pizza crust and used napkin that allegedly were discarded in Manhattan.

Prosecutors have said that the mitochondrial DNA profile developed from the pizza and napkin could not be excluded as a match to a hair found at the bottom of burlap used to “restrain and transport” the remains of Waterman, one of the victims.

Heuermann’s criminal defense attorney has said the prosecution's DNA claims only potentially place his client in a pool of "thousands and thousands" of possible donors of the hair. He has also said his client has professed his innocence and is actively working on his defense.

 Heuermann could also face charges in Nassau County, if Nassau prosecutors move forward with potential gun charges against Heuermann after police found a cache of weapons at his house while executing a search warrant following his arrest. 

Heuermann, who has been married to Ellerup for 27 years, was served with divorce papers inside the jail on Sept. 22. Heuermann is not contesting the divorce, which is pending.

His next court appearance on murder charges is scheduled for Wednesday.

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann received a visit from his estranged wife Wednesday at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, an attorney confirmed to Newsday Thursday.

It was the first time that Asa Ellerup, who filed for divorce from Heuermann six days after his July 13 arrest on first- and second-degree murder charges in the killings of three women, visited Heuermann. Since Heuermann's incarceration, the pair have communicated by telephone. 

“I can confirm that Asa did visit with Rex yesterday,” said Ellerup’s divorce attorney, Bob Macedonio, in response to an inquiry. “I have no further comment.”

Jail spokesperson Victoria DiStefano declined to confirm that Ellerup visited Heuermann but said, “As per policy we do not release the names of visitors, but I can confirm that Rex Heuermann received a visit yesterday.”

Asked about various aspects of Heuermann's Wednesday visit, DiStefano said, "Rex Heuermann is allowed the same visitations that all other inmates are entitled to. 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, wife of alleged serial killer Rex A. Heuermann,...

Asa Ellerup, wife of alleged serial killer Rex A. Heuermann, sits in the office of her attorney Robert Macedonio in Central Islip in July. Credit: James Carbone

Heuermann’s defense attorney Michael J. Brown did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but has said previously that Ellerup has spoken by telephone with Heuermann while he’s been incarcerated.

Heuermann, 60, of Massapequa Park, has been held without bail since his arrest in the killings of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Lynn Costello, whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach 13 years ago. Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors have said Heuermann, who worked as a Manhattan architect before his arrest, is also the prime suspect in the slaying of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose remains were found with the other three victims. All four of the women — the first of 10 sets of remains found along Ocean Parkway that are believed to be the work of one or more serial killers — were sex workers.

Prosecutors have said they linked Heuermann to the women's killings through DNA, cellphone site data and burner phones. 

Prosecutors have said that a cheek swab, obtained from Heuermann by court order since he’s been in custody, matched a mitochondrial DNA profile that authorities who were surveilling Heuermann developed from a pizza crust and used napkin that allegedly were discarded in Manhattan.

Prosecutors have said that the mitochondrial DNA profile developed from the pizza and napkin could not be excluded as a match to a hair found at the bottom of burlap used to “restrain and transport” the remains of Waterman, one of the victims.

Heuermann’s criminal defense attorney has said the prosecution's DNA claims only potentially place his client in a pool of "thousands and thousands" of possible donors of the hair. He has also said his client has professed his innocence and is actively working on his defense.

 Heuermann could also face charges in Nassau County, if Nassau prosecutors move forward with potential gun charges against Heuermann after police found a cache of weapons at his house while executing a search warrant following his arrest. 

Heuermann, who has been married to Ellerup for 27 years, was served with divorce papers inside the jail on Sept. 22. Heuermann is not contesting the divorce, which is pending.

His next court appearance on murder charges is scheduled for Wednesday.

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