Sulman, of Massapequa Park Village in Nassau County, is charged with killing Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello and burying their bodies in Suffolk County On the grass at Gilgo Beach in the town of Babylon.
He is also a suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
Investigators said the hairs helped link Heuermann but not his wife, Asa Ellerup, who, like her husband, is 59.
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Schurman’s DNA was found on one of the bodies and Ellerup’s DNA was found on two of the bodies, According to CNN.
Tierney told CNN that the DNA was either transferred from one person close to another, or in a car or house where the suspect’s family members lived.
Police said Ellerup was not a suspect and was in the state or abroad at the time of each murder.
But officials added that the hairs linked Hoyleman to the bodies, which were all made of the same camouflage material and placed in the same way.
CNN described Ellerup as a “morose man” whose family was said to be disgusted, shocked and embarrassed by his arrest and murder.
The New York Times reported Ellerup has been going to the local supermarket several times a week for the past 20 years and has used food stamps a lot, which seems odd given that he owns a successful Manhattan construction firm in an office building on Fifth Avenue.
The couple lived in a run-down house and were not well-known in the neighborhood, unusual in a close-knit community full of firefighters and police officers who took pride in their neighborhood, according to the Times.
Ellerup grew up just a few miles from Hoylemann after immigrating from Iceland with his parents and younger sister. The Times said her father still lives at home.
She attended Farmingdale High School and was married and divorced in the early 1990s. It is unclear when she married Shelman. Their children are all in their 20s. She appeared to be out of work and often looked unkempt, the newspaper reported.
After Hoyleman’s arrest, the family’s whereabouts are unknown.
Schulman pleaded not guilty to the killings of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello and was the prime suspect in the killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, according to court documents .
While neighbors continue to speculate, police are continuing their investigation, raiding a storage room, traveling to South Carolina to retrieve a truck that matches the one near where the body was found, and searching a Las Vegas home.
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