Police Release Video of Long Island Serial Killer Victim in Her Final Hours

Over a decade after the remains of 11 people were found along a Long Island beach, police released new surveillance video of one of the victims shortly before meeting her killer.

April 14, 2022
Surveillance photo of Megan Waterman at a hotel lobby front desk. She is wearing a yellow sweater.

Over a decade after the remains of 11 people were found along a Long Island beach, police released new surveillance video of one of the victims, Megan Waterman, shortly before meeting her killer.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Suffolk County Police Department

Over a decade after the remains of 11 people were found along Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, police have released footage of one of the victims. Crime Stoppers recently doubled the reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the Gilgo Beach murders case to $50,000, NBC New York reported.

The murders are believed to be the work of the Long Island serial killer who has been referred to as the Gilgo Beach Killer or the Craigslist Ripper. According to an attempted profile of the killer by The New York Times, he’s believed to be in his mid-twenties to mid-forties, and he lives or used to live on the South Shore of Long Island. However, he has never been identified.

The recently released surveillance video of victim Megan Waterman was taken in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Happauge, New York. The footage shows Megan from multiple angles on June 4, 5, and 6 of 2010. Her exits and entrances are both recorded, and she is wearing a yellow sweater.

Long Island’s Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said investigators think Waterman left the Holiday Inn the night of June 6, 2010, to meet up with her killer, CBS News reported.

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The ID podcast series, Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer, premiered in January of 2021, and helped renew public interest in the case. Hosts, Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen, shared their views that the case would only be solved if there was transparency from the police in Suffolk County. That appears to be exactly what authorities are doing now.

Harrison explained that investigators are making real progress. As part of that progress, it’s important for him to be transparent, and he is asking the public for help.

He said, “While much great police work has been carried out in this case, the public's help in identifying potential suspects or additional leads is critical. We hope that anyone who may have been in the area that night or may have seen any of the individuals depicted in these videos will reach out to our Crime Stoppers hotline (800-220-TIPS)."

Megan Waterman was one of six sex workers who advertised services on Craigslist and who are believed to have been murdered by the serial killer. Their remains were found in individual burlap sacks on a stretch of Ocean Parkway in 2010. The remains of five other people were found in the same area.

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