LISK Victim

Sandra Rajcoomar Costilla
Sandra Costilla aka
Sandra Cutello

  • Sandra Rajcoomar Costilla Born August 25, 1965 
  • Birth Place: Sangre Grand, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sangre Grand, Trinidad and Tobago
  • DEATH 20 NOVEMBER 1993 • North Sea, Suffolk County, New York

Two hunters discovered 28-year-old Costilla’s body in a wooded area in North Sea, Southampton, on Nov. 21, 1993.

She had been strangled to death and left partially clothed. Her remains were in the woods for several days prior to being discovered.

Authorities identified Costilla by using her fingerprints, which had been entered into the system after she was arrested for jumping over a subway turnstile in 1992.

Costilla was from Trinidad and Tobago but had been living in New York prior to her disappearance.

Police called Costilla a “drifter.” Her last known address was in Queens, but it is thought she wasn’t living there at the time of her death. Police never said if Costilla was a sex worker but called her lifestyle “substantially similar.”.

Sandra Rajcoomar Costilla

Costilla was from Trinidad and Tobago but had been living in New York prior to her disappearance.

About Sandra Rajcoomar Costilla

Ms. Costilla is described as Hispanic, five feet, two inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and brown, medium-length hair.

Two hunters discovered 28-year-old Costilla’s body in a wooded area in North Sea, Southampton, on Nov. 21, 1993.

She had been strangled to death and left partially clothed. Her remains were in the woods for several days prior to being discovered.

Authorities identified Costilla by using her fingerprints, which had been entered into the system after she was arrested for jumping over a subway turnstile in 1992.

DA says Heuermann was living with ex-wife in 1993 whose hair was found on Sandra Costilla right arm. Suspect’s DNA on striped shirt pulled over Costilla’s head. Costilla, 28, lived in Queens; born in Trinidadand Tobago

Costilla was from Trinidad and Tobago but had been living in New York prior to her disappearance, according to court records.

Police called Costilla a “drifter.” Her last known address was in Queens, but it is thought she wasn’t living there at the time of her death. Police never said if Costilla was a sex worker but called her lifestyle “substantially similar.”

New digital evidence revealed Heuermann had a “significant collection of violent, bondage, and torture pornography” dating back to 1994, according to court records obtained by Newsweek. The images include breast mutilation, vaginal torture, the sexualization of decapitated women and bondage. These “notably and largely coincide with how the remains” of Costilla and Taylor were discovered.

A hard drive recovered from Heuermann’s basement hosted a Microsoft Word document called “HK2002-04,” which seems to be Heuermann’s “planning document,” according to court documents. The document was separated into four sections: “problems,” “supplies,” “DS,” and “TRG.”

Last Seen Costello, driven by a man in a Chevrolet Avalanche in 1993

Costilla’s last known address was on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, but that information was about a year old and the people now living at that address said they didn’t know Costilla.

RH lived in Massapequa Park, where a few of the victims were last seen.

A witness described seeing a victim, Costello, driven by a man in a Chevrolet Avalanche. It was later discovered that Heuermann owned a Chevrolet Avalanche.





Sandra Costilla

November 1993 death of Sandra Costilla, a Queens woman whose remains were found in the town of Southampton. Location

Two hunters discovered the body of Ms. Costilla, also known as Sandra Cutello, around lunchtime on Saturday, November 20 as they walked through the woods behind the now- defunct Fish Cove Inn in North Sea. Ms. Costilla’s body was found partially clad. Apparently she had been dead for only a day or two, according to police.

The Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad is investigating the death in conjunction with the Southampton Town Police. Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad said that Ms. Costilla was either strangled in the woods or carried there after her death. There was no room for a car to have driven Ms. Costilla to where she was found, he said.

According to police, Costilla was found lying on her back with her arms outstretched over her head with her uncovered legs spread apart.

Lt. Gierasch would not comment on what Ms. Costilla was wearing or when she was found. He said that there was evidence at the scene that Ms. Costilla may have been sexually assaulted.

She was also found with sharp force injuries to her face and her body.

Costilla was a native of Trinidad and Tobago but had been living in New York prior to her disappearance and murder.

Investigators suspected convicted serial killer John Bittrolff in Costilla’s death, but he was never charged in her slaying, which remains one of several unsolved Long Island murders

LISK Victim

Sandra Costilla 1993

The body of a partly clothed woman found in Southampton woods Saturday has been identified as that of Sandra Costilla, 28, but police yesterday said they need help in finding her family and acquaintances to learn more about her.

Police said Costilla’s last known address was on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, but that information was about a year old and the people now living at that address said they didn’t know Costilla.

“ ’Til somebody who cares about her comes forward, that’s what we’re stuck with.” Det. Lt. John Gierasch. commander of Suffolk’s Homicide Squad, said. “We don’t have any recent address on her nor do we have

any information on where her family may be. We’re obviously looking for somebody who knows of her more recently to tell us as a starting point who she was as a person.”

Gierasch said Costilla, whose body was discovered in North Sea, was strangled and might have been raped. “We don’t know whether she was killed right there or someplace else and dumped there,” he added.

Costilla had been arrested last year for jumping a subway turnstile, Gierasch said. Detectives matched her fingerprints with those found in police records. She also used Cutello as a last name, police said.

LISK Victim

Sandra Costilla 2014

In July 2014, a local carpenter named John Bittrolff was charged with the murders of Colleen McNamee and Rita Tangredi. Three years later, he was found guilty of the crimes and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Following his arrest, Bittrolff was publicly named as the prime suspect in Costilla’s murder.

Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said that Sandra Costilla’s case was very similar to the killings of Tangredi and McNamee.

The three victims were small and slight, standing at around five feet tall. They were all strangled to death and then posed in similar ways in wooded areas. Spota said that trace evidence found at Costilla’s crime scene also pointed towards a connection. However, he did not provide any further details. Bittrolff was never charged with the crime.

Friday, May 27, 1994