‘Victim of Long Island Serial Killer’ Jessica Taylor’s family breaks silence on her death, revealing frantic final phone call

The heartbroken family of a woman whose murder is being investigated as part of the Long Island serial killer case have broken their silence about her final moments.

Jessica Taylor’s torso was found on July 26, 2003 at the Long Island State Pine Barrens Preserve in Manorville, New York.

Jessica Taylor was found dismembered on Long Island just days after she was last heard from


Jessica Taylor was found dismembered on Long Island just days after she was last heard fromPhoto credit: Handout
Jessica Taylor's family revealed they made a frantic phone call before her death


Jessica Taylor’s family revealed they made a frantic phone call before her deathPhoto credit: Handout
Rex A. Heuermann is accused of murdering at least three women near Gilgo Beach on Long Island


Rex A. Heuermann is accused of murdering at least three women near Gilgo Beach on Long IslandPhoto credit: AP

“The truth is that the grief is so great that people feel like they can’t speak, can’t even think about it out loud, because it would force you to feel the incredible pain of reality,” Taylors wrote Family on September 9th in one new statement about her death.

Although her torso was found in Manorville, Taylor’s skull was found eight years later on the south shore of Long Island near Gilgo Beach.

Her body was found during the search for another missing woman, 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert, whose remains were later found in the area.

Rex Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect, has been charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Costello, 27.

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Heuermann is also the prime suspect in the murder of a fourth victim, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25.

All of the women were sex workers in their 20s whose remains were found within a quarter-mile of each other near Gilgo Beach in late 2010.

Heuermann pleaded not guilty to the charge and is being held without bail.

Police are also investigating the six other bodies found along Ocean Parkway in 2010, including Taylor’s murder.

At the time of her death, Taylor had a tattoo that the killer cut out.

Forensic psychologist Joni Johnston told The US Sun that the mutilation of her tattoo was the mark of a sophisticated killer.

“The first thought that comes to mind is that this is someone trying to prevent this person from being identified,” she said.

The heartbreak of the family

Taylor’s relatives have revealed that the 20-year-old made one of her last calls between July 22 and July 26, 2003.

“The call may have been Jess seeking help from her new friend, or possibly someone else who decided to call on her cell phone,” the family said in the statement opinion.

Before her death, Taylor, like many of the other victims found on Gilgo Beach, was a sex worker.

According to her family, she tried to escape sex work in the months before her death.

“Jessica was desperate to leave this lifestyle behind and return home. People who knew her at the time described her as not being herself and full of sadness,” the family wrote.

In 2003, she was reported to be living with her pimp Khalil White and another woman in Washington, D.C. before deciding to escape the situation.

While trying to escape, her car broke down at a gas station, so she had to rely on help from strangers.

A group of people offered to take her to Brooklyn where they could stay with her for a few nights.

The family claimed that she temporarily continued her sex work to earn enough money to get home.

Taylor was last seen at the New York Port Authority before her body was found dismembered on the beach.

Heuermann was only charged with four deaths in connection with the Gilgo Beach murders.

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The Long Island architect was arrested near his office in Midtown, New York City, when authorities stormed his home in Massapequa Park.

The arrest was considered a major breakthrough as the search for a suspect was described as “one of the most intense and productive manhunts for a serial killer ever.”


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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