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Who was Karen Vergata? Gilgo Beach victim

BY Muhammad Noman Aug 05, 2023. 12:17 am UPDATED: Aug 05, 2023. 12:17 am

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Police have identified the most recent victim in the Gilgo Beach murders.

Between 1996 and 2011, the bodies of 11 victims were discovered along the south shore of Long Island, New York.

Karen Vergata

Who was Karen Vergata?

On August 4, 2023, Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney revealed Karen Vergata, 34, as Jane Doe No. 7.

Vergata was last seen on February 14, 1996, but no report of his whereabouts was ever filed.

Tierney claims the 34-year-old was an escort at the time and lived on West 45th Street in Manhattan.

Prior to her abduction, Vergata called her father to wish him a happy birthday, according to data obtained exclusively by The Sun.

When was Karen Vergata found?

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On April 20, 1996, a plastic bag containing Vergata’s legs was discovered at Davis Park on Fire Island’s Blue Point Beach on Long Island.

Due to the condition of the corpse and the unavailability of DNA testing at the time, Long Island investigators were unable to identify the victim.

Investigators discovered a woman’s skull at Tobay Beach on Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach in April 2011, believing it was linked to Jane Doe No. 7.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tierney verified Vergata’s skull on August 4, 2023.

How many unnamed Gilgo Beach victims are there?

At least eight victims have been identified as a result of the decades-long inquiry into the Gilgo Beach murders.

Shannan Gilbert, 23, Valerie Mack, 24, Jessica Taylor, 20, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Vergata’s bodies have all been identified.

Three victims’ remains have yet to be recognized.

On April 4, 2011, the skeletal remains of an unnamed Asian guy aged 17 to 23 were discovered near Ocean Parkway.

An African American woman known only as Peaches because of a bitten peach tattoo on her left breast and her two-year-old daughter are unidentified.

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Where is Rex Heuermann now?

On July 13, 2023, Rex Heuermann, 59, was arrested and charged with the murders of Barthelemy, Waterman, and Costello.

He was apprehended outside his midtown Manhattan office by over a dozen unidentified detectives.

Heuermann, who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, is also suspected in the disappearance and killing of Brainard-Barnes in 2007.

The ladies were sex workers in their 20s whose bones were discovered wrapped in burlap and dumped within a quarter-mile of each other along Gilgo Beach on Long Island in late 2010.

Heuermann, a well-known New York City architect from Massapequa Park, is scheduled to appear in court again on September 27.

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