Police share video of Gilgo Beach victim Megan Waterman

Long Island police have released video of what they believe to be the last known sighting of one of the victims in a decades-long murder investigation.

Megan Aquarius, 22, was last seen alive in June 2010. Her remains were discovered months later along the Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach on Long Island in New York. She is believed to be one of at least 10 victims killed between 1996 and 2010 whose remains were discovered in the area; Waterman’s remains were found on December 13, 2010 along the Ocean Parkway.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K Harrison announced that the department has released five surveillance videos shows Waterman between June 4 and 6, 2010 in the lobby of a Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge, Long Island.

“We released surveillance video footage and photos of the last time one of our victims, Megan Waterman, was seen before she died,” Harrison said.

Harrison said that Waterman wore a yellow sweater and is shown both arriving and leaving the hotel.

“We believe she left the hotel that night to meet her killer,” Harrison added.

At the press conference, Harrison also announced a “completely revised” Gilgo News website specifically dedicated to disseminating information about the investigation of the unsolved cases.

The website has been updated “to allow investigators to provide more information to the public in a timely manner,” Harrison said at the news conference.

Harrison also said that Suffolk Police, in cooperation with Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, doubled the amount of the reward from $25,000 to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.

Waterman, like some of the other victims whose remains were identified in the Gilgo Beach area, worked as an escort and advertised on Craigslist.

She is one of the “Gilgo Beach Four,” the name given to a group of women who were last seen between July 2007 and September 2010. The other three victims are Melissa Barthelemy24, Maureen Brainard-Barnes25 and Amber Lynn Costello27

The grim discovery of the women’s remains was prompted by the search for 2010 Shannan Gilbert, 23, who also worked as an escort. According to police, Gilbert was seen running through the Oak Beach gated community after exiting a customer’s home.

When police searched for Gilbert in December 2010, they discovered remains that were later identified as Barthelemy. Within days, the remains of Brainard-Barnes, Costello, and Waterman were also discovered in the area.

In March 2011, as the search for Gilbert continued, investigators found the remains of a fifth suspected victim several miles east of where the Gilgo Beach Four were found. These partial residues were identified as belonging jessica taylorwhose other remains had previously been found in Manorville, New York, about 45 miles from Gilgo Beach.

Taylor, police said, also worked as an escort.

Other victims discovered in the Gilgo Beach area include Valerie Mackwho disappeared at the age of 24 while living in Philadelphia, as well as a female infant, a woman believed to be the infant’s mother, and an as yet unidentified Asian man.

Mack’s partial remains found in Gilgo Beach in 2011 also matched another set of remains found in Manorville in 2000.

Harrison, the Suffolk County Police Commissioner, established an interagency task force including representatives from the FBI, the New York State Police, the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office to “revitalize the investigation and the person or persons.” to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice,” reads the Gilgo News website.

“Several women, a man and an infant were robbed of their lives between 1996 and 2010. Pursuing a 2010 missing persons search uncovered their remains on Long Island,” the website also states, calling the decades-long investigation into her death “one of the most consequential murder investigations in Long Island history[.]”

[Images via Suffolk County Police Department.]

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James Brien

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