Police searching the home of Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann reportedly discovered a soundproof basement room, a neighbor said, as cops brought in cadaver dogs to search his yard.
Police told a neighbor of the New York architect that they believed at least one woman died in that room, which was discovered in what state police called a “major dig.”
Robert Musto, 64, one of Heuermann’s longtime neighbors in Massapequa, told the New York Post: “He has a soundproof room in his basement. What do you think that was for?
“This guy is crazy,” added the retired Long Island Rail Road worker, claiming he found out about the basement from police, who have been searching the scene since Heuermann was arrested on July 13.
Heuermann was arrested and charged this month with the murder of three of the “Gilgo Four,” a group of women whose bodies were discovered near Gilgo Beach on Long Island in 2010.
He has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.
State police said a “major excavation” is underway at the home of New York architect Rex Heuermann. In the image, the state police collect evidence at the scene.
State police and crime lab teams have been working on Heuermann’s home in Massapequa. In the photo, the scene on Saturday.
Heuermann, 59, was arrested this month and charged with the murder of three women.
Musto said: ‘They say there’s evidence he killed at least one of the girls down there.
The police are going to dig all that up. They said they’re focused on the soundproof room in the basement, but they’re going to look at everything.
Police told the Post on Sunday that “cops are looking for evidence that the victims were in the house, nothing yet.”
Aerial images of the scene revealed groups of investigators in Heuermann’s backyard digging up dirt and packing up evidence.
Cadaver dogs were also brought onto the property, according to the Post.
Kathy Huber, who lives in the neighborhood, said she went to high school with Heuermann, said the locals don’t mind the interruption.
“We don’t care how long he has to be here,” Huber, 57, said Sunday.
“This is a great community of police officers and firefighters, and I find it hard to believe that anyone here would be upset because police officers take their time and do a good job.”
Melissa Barthelemy, top left, Amber Costello, top right, Megan Waterman, bottom left, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Long Island authorities vow to continue investigating the Gilgo Beach murders after charging an architect with the deaths of three of the 11 victims.
Dominick Cancellieri, (pictured) who lived next door to Heuermann for fifteen years, claimed he heard him digging in his backyard in the early hours of the morning.
Dominick Cancellieri, who lived next door to Heuermann for 15 years told NewsNation last week that he once heard Heuermann digging and burning things in his backyard in the early hours of the morning.
“When I was around 18 or 19, I was watching TV in my basement,” he told the outlet, “I came out around one or two in the morning and heard digging in the backyard next door.”
“Now I really wanted to go and see what it was and look through the fence, but something kept me from doing it,” he said.
“I was nervous, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing at the time. But now that it’s all coming to light, it doesn’t surprise me in the least,” the neighbor said.
Cancellieri also recalled a confrontation over a parking space when Heuermann parked his truck in the middle of his driveway.
“I got out of my car and told him he had to move his car,” he recalled. “He got a little rowdy, and I got a little rowdy and he ended up moving his car.”
“He burned his trash and I smelled it,” she added. “It seemed like once every few weeks he would smell garbage burning in her house again.”
Police load a pair of skates into a truck from Rex Heuermann’s home on Thursday.
Police were seen searching the property for ‘trophies’ that may be linked to the Seventh Day victims on Thursday.
In addition to his cluttered home, Heuermann had two storage units in Amityville. They were wanted yesterday and today.
Another local who worked in Heuermann’s garden told DailyMail.com how Heuermann once told him he would be fired if he ever tried to enter his property.
Troy Weeks, 23, lives a few blocks from Heuermann in Massapequa Park and mowed the suspect’s lawn weekly or bi-weekly until June 2022.
“He seemed to have no emotions or personality. He always had the same expression, a blank stare. He was very monotonous when I spoke to him,” Weeks told DailyMail.com.
‘He [Heuermann] he always told me ‘if you’re thirsty or need to drink something knock on the back door, never enter the house that’s the only rule.
“He said if you ever try to open my doors then you can’t work for me,” Weeks continued.
‘I was very surprised by the conditions of his house. Once when I looked out the back window, I saw four heads made of coconuts with faces carved on them.
“I thought it was super creepy,” she added, “My friends and I call it the house of shrunken heads.”
Weeks stopped working for Heuermann in June 2022 after he was scammed out of $5.