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Cops want MORE DNA from suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann as he faces three murder charges and is the prime suspect in a fourth

Long Island authorities are requesting to collect more DNA from suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann as they continue to investigate whether he murdered a fourth victim. 

Heuermann, 59, was arrested last month in the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello, all of whom disappeared in 2009 and 2010. 

He is also considered the prime suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, who vanished in 2007. Police told CNN that investigation ‘is expected to be resolved soon.’

But the district attorney’s office is apparently growing worried that DNA from pizza crust and a napkin Heuermann threw out in a trash bin outside his Manhattan architectural firm may not be enough to convict him.

In order to ensure the Massapequa Park resident is thrown behind bars, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney has now filed paperwork asking for a swab of the inside of the suspect’s cheek. 

Rex Heuermann (pictured Tuesday) was arrested last month in the murders of three women whose bodies were found dumped in burlap sacks on Gilgo Beach

Rex Heuermann (pictured Tuesday) was arrested last month in the murders of three women whose bodies were found dumped in burlap sacks on Gilgo Beach 

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney's office is now requesting Heuermann submit to a cheek swab. He is pictured here speaking to the press following Heuermann's court appearance on Tuesday

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney’s office is now requesting Heuermann submit to a cheek swab. He is pictured here speaking to the press following Heuermann’s court appearance on Tuesday

In January this year, after watching Heuermann and his family since last March, the detectives in the case seized a pizza box he'd thrown in the trash outside his Manhattan office

In January this year, after watching Heuermann and his family since last March, the detectives in the case seized a pizza box he’d thrown in the trash outside his Manhattan office

In papers filed in the Suffolk County Criminal Court on Tuesday, officials at the District Attorney’s Office said investigators want to compare DNA from Heuermann’s cheek with DNA recovered from the pizza crust and napkin he tossed out in January.

The DNA profile created from the pizza crust and napkin is a 99.96 percent match with the DNA profile created from hair recovered from the ‘bottom of the burlap’ bag used to transport Waterman’s naked body, according to the documents obtained by the New York Daily News.

Without the sample, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Haddad argued, forensic biologists would only be able to reference the pizza crust and napkin as being ‘purported to be used/touched’ by Heuermann.

‘Should the defendant’s DNA from the [cheek swab] not match the DNA profile from the pizza crusts and napkin submitted for Rex Heuermann, the defense would be presented with a potential trial defense.

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‘Thus, there is a clear indication that material and relevant evidence will be found and is crucial for that.’ 

A cheek swab, she said, ‘would provide further relevant evidence of the defendant’s identity as the perpetrator of these crimes.’

Haddad also requested that a Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice allow police officers to photograph and video record the cheek swabbing process.

Justice Timothy Mazzei has now ordered Heuermann’s lawyer to either argue against the prosecutor’s request by August 8, or provide the swab by August 15.

Heuermann’s wife, daughter and stepson have already provided prosecutors with their DNA.

Samples collected from Heuermann’s now-estranged wife, Asa Ellerup, collected from bottles inside a trash can outside the couple’s home was also previously linked through mitochondrial DNA testing to hairs found on or near three of the slain victims.

But authorities deny that she is a suspect in the gruesome murders, as she and the children were out of the state at the time of the alleged killings.

Asa Ellerup, 59, is seen with her daughter Victoria Heuermann, 26, and son Christopher, 33, on Wednesday, the day she filed for divorce from suspect Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann. The family has already submitted their DNA

Asa Ellerup, 59, is seen with her daughter Victoria Heuermann, 26, and son Christopher, 33, on Wednesday, the day she filed for divorce from suspect Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann. The family has already submitted their DNA

The first victim, Melissa Barthelemy from New York, 24, was discovered by Suffolk County Police on December 11, 2010

Megan Waterman, 22, from Maine

The first victim, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, was discovered by Suffolk County Police on December 11, 2010. The body of Megan Waterman, 22, was found two days later

Maureen Brainard-Barnes was 25 years old when she went missing

Amber Lynn Costello was 27 years old when she disappeared

Maureen Brainard-Barnes was 25 years old when she went missing (left). Amber Lynn Costello was 27 years old. Their bodies were found near Barthelemy’s the same day

Instead, police say Heuermann may have killed at least one of his victims at his Massapequa Park home.

For more than a week following his July 14 arrest, investigators had been conducting an exhaustive search of the house — which is located just miles from where the bodies were discovered more than a decade ago.

A yellow excavator scooped dirt in the backyard, and drone footage showed a man operating a piece of equipment that can be used to scan for buried objects.

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos also showed investigators looking at a tray of objects recovered from the backyard dig.

Some experts had speculated they could be human remains, while others warned they could be from animals or something else entirely. 

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DailyMail.com also previously spotted one investigator carrying a note listing some of the evidence found inside, including a rope kept in a vault, and handcuff keys in a shelf underneath a work bench.

For more than a week following his July 14 arrest, investigators had been conducting an exhaustive search of the house

For more than a week following his July 14 arrest, investigators had been conducting an exhaustive search of the house

A 'major excavation' took place at Heuermann's Massapequa Park home. Pictured are State Police investigators gathering evidence at the scene

A ‘major excavation’ took place at Heuermann’s Massapequa Park home. Pictured are State Police investigators gathering evidence at the scene

A forensic photographer is seen bending over the tray of objects excavated from the back yard of Heuermann's house. Prosecutors say 'nothing of note' was discovered in the back yard

A forensic photographer is seen bending over the tray of objects excavated from the back yard of Heuermann’s house. Prosecutors say ‘nothing of note’ was discovered in the back yard

Gilbert's body was found in a marsh nearby one year after the discovery of the bodies of Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27

Gilbert’s body was found in a marsh nearby one year after the discovery of the bodies of Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27

Following the extensive search, Ellerup, 59, and her children were allowed to return to the disheveled home.

‘She came home to complete destruction of her family residence where she lived and raised the children,’ her attorney Robert Macedonio said. ‘Everything in the house was turned upside down. Dresser drawers were emptied out. 

‘The bathroom tub, which was a vinyl tub, was actually cut open. The floors were ripped up.

‘The couches and the mattresses have been removed, and just piles and piles of debris that were left in the residence where you barely had walking space to get into the house.

‘They haven’t even had the opportunity to go through all the items the way it’s been left, so they’re taking the time to do that as we speak. 

‘And each day it’s bringing more and more emotion because they’re finding items and not finding items, and it’s bringing about emotions from them and memories of living in the house and what it was like prior to all this happening,’ he said. 

Ellerup broke her silence outside the family home last week. She talked about the trauma of what she had 'seen', and about trying to move on. Her attorneys say her home has been torn apart by forensics teams

Ellerup broke her silence outside the family home last week. She talked about the trauma of what she had ‘seen’, and about trying to move on. Her attorneys say her home has been torn apart by forensics teams

 Ellerup also told DailyMail.com that she doesn’t ‘want to walk down the street’ and hears what those who live nearby say about their home.

‘The neighbors want the house gone,’ she said on Wednesday. ‘They want it bulldozed.’

‘Look I don’t want to walk down the street. I heard what people said about us. I heard it,’ Ellerup said as she began to cry.

‘I heard the other people on the neighborhood. They want the house bulldozed. Do you understand? Please I can’t talk anymore.’

Ellerup filed for divorce to ‘protect herself’ from any future lawsuits and has spoken with her husband in jail, her attorney revealed Monday. 

She said that some neighbors had been charitable, as a Gofundme started by Melissa Moore, the daughter of the Happy Face Serial Killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, which has raised over $20,000. 

She was asked point blank about whether or not she deserved the money by one reporter. 

‘I don’t know what to say to that, if people don’t want to fund me. What is she going to say, I don’t deserve this? I am alone.’

She noted that people have also given them everything from pizza to pots and pans, but said she doesn’t ‘have room for a lot of stuff’ when asked what she needed. 

Ellerup said that both she and her dog are crying and that she can tell even her dog is stressed.

‘I found a radio to try and distract my mind,’ she said, discussing what she was doing with her days. ‘I found a hat this morning and a pair of sunglasses.’ 

She does not have access to the internet and doesn’t currently have a television. 

Heuermann  appeared disheveled as he stood before the judge in Riverhead, Long Island Tuesday

Heuermann  appeared disheveled as he stood before the judge in Riverhead, Long Island Tuesday

Meanwhile, Heuermann appeared disheveled as he stood before the judge in Riverhead, Long Island Tuesday. 

The courtroom was packed with media and the families of some of the women he is accused of killing. 

He was dressed smartly in a black blazer, blue shirt and cream khakis, and looked down at his hands for most of the hearing. 

The judge banned the release of four, two terabyte hard-drives of evidence which have been handed to attorneys and investigators, but which will not become public. 

Heuermann will return to court in September.

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