The chilling disappearance of a 12-year-old girl more than 30 years ago could be linked to the alleged Gilgo Beach murder suspect, true crime enthusiasts are speculating.
On October 10, 1991, 12-year-old Tiffany Dixon disappeared on her way to school in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and was never seen again.
First discovered by True crime blog Murder IncorporatedTwo building files with the New York City Building Department appear to indicate that Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann worked on a building near the coroner’s office where Tiffany lived in Bushwick.
The June 1992 filing lists “Rex Heuermann” as a filing agent for two locations at 689 Hart Street in Brooklyn, New York.
Heuermann was then working for the architect Harvey Rothenberg.
The first submission was for the order to install an “indoor fire alarm system”.
The second was for a professional occupation to “Interior layout according to plan”.
“Change of use from two-family houses to communal apartments,” says the file.
Both documents note that they were “pre-filed” in May 1992, and do not indicate whether planning for the project began in 1991 — the year Tiffany disappeared.
In their blog post, Murder Incorporated claimed that the building Heuermann was working on was only 600 feet from where Tiffany lived.
Just two weeks after the 12-year-old girl’s disappearance, the remains of another New Yorker – Sandra Acosta – were discovered in Brooklyn.
Residents at the time speculates on Pix 11 that there may have been a serial killer in the area – suggesting that the same person who was behind Tiffany’s disappearance killed Acosta.
“Someone set out to do this,” Luz Carrion, Acosta’s sister, told the magazine at the time.
“Not only for her but also for other people because there are a lot of young girls missing, about three others. Same hair color, about the same height, same weight, same area. The other girl is three blocks from here, Tiffany.”
As of Tuesday, Heuermann had not been named as a suspect in Tiffany’s disappearance, and police have not publicly commented on the possible connection.
Heuermann, 59, was arrested July 13 in the murders of sex workers Megan Water, 22, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27.
The three women were found with a fourth sex worker, 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, in December 2010 near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, New York.
The architect has pleaded not guilty and is also the prime suspect in the Brainard-Barnes murder case.
Among the most important pieces of evidence in the case, detailed internet research by Heuermann in the months leading up to his arrest was recently released.
The search history indicated that Heuermann had actively searched the internet for updates on the case, for pictures and their families, and for violent and graphic material.
The searches, detailed in a 32-page filing, included, “Why Law Enforcement Couldn’t Trace Long Island Serial Killer’s Calls,” “Why Wasn’t Long Island Serial Killer Catched,” and “Cops Have Gilgo Beach targeted.” Task Force on Homicide Investigations.
He also allegedly searched for child pornography, searching for topics like “10-year-old schoolgirl” or “12-year-old girl.”