The hotel where Megan Waterman was last seen.
Crime Scene Location in Hauppauge, New York, United States.
This is the hotel where sex worker Megan Waterman was last seen.
Megan is believed to be a victim of the Long Island serial killer (LISK).
In the early hours of June 6th, 2010, the 22-year-old left the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge to meet a client.
That was the last time anyone saw her alive.
Six months later, the remains of Megan and three other women were discovered on Gilgo Beach. Their killer had wrapped their bodies in burlap and then dumped them in the thicket beside Ocean Parkway.
All four of the victims had been asphyxiated.
At the time of her disappearance, the 22-year-old was being sex trafficked from Maine to New York by her boyfriend, Akeem Cruz.
Cruz had convinced her to become a prostitute by telling her that they could use the money to buy a house and start a family together.
Police believe that LISK targeted Waterman after he saw her escort profile on Craigslist. One advertisement from the date of her disappearance shows that she was using the name "Lexi".
After narrowing in on "Lexi" as a target, the killer scheduled an "out-call" meeting with her using a throwaway burner phone.
CCTV footage shows Megan walking out of the hotel lobby and turning right. According to those who know the area, the industrial park around the Holiday Inn Express is practically deserted at night.
It is likely that LISK strategically parked his vehicle away from the hotel. That way, he could lower his chances of being spotted by an eyewitness or a surveillance camera.
Where was Megan Waterman last seen?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the hotel are as follows.
- Latitude: 40.807799
- Longitude: -73.221353
Open 40.807799, -73.221353 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
Holiday Inn Express
2050 Express Drive South
The hotel is situated in the south of Hauppauge, close to the Long Island Expressway.
Photos of the hotel and other related images.
Holiday Inn Express.
This is an aerial image of the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge.
A number of online reports state that Megan Waterman was last seen walking along the service road towards the gas station (the red route). However, we were unable to find any credible sources to substantiate this.
All in all, it appears that this is an unreliable piece of information that has been gradually accepted as fact.
Although one website claims that an employee saw her walking along the service road, this is incorrect. In reality, the statement came from Megan's pimp and boyfriend, Akeem Cruz.
Notably, Akeem did not actually see her walking along this route. At the time, he was in Brooklyn. In his statement to the police, he claimed that Megan called him and told him that she was going to a convenience store.
Due to Akeem's "line of work", it is likely that he made that part up in order to protect himself. In other words, he couldn't tell the police that she had called him to say that she was meeting a client without making it extremely obvious that he was her pimp.
On April 13th, 2022, the authorities released CCTV footage of Megan in the hotel lobby. In the final clip, she calmly walks out of the hotel and turns right. This contradicts claims that she walked along the red route. Instead, it suggests that her killer picked her up in the parking lot or on Central Avenue (the yellow route).
Megan turned right.
The last surveillance clip of Megan shows her exiting the lobby and turning right.
At the time, the hotel had no outdoor CCTV cameras.
This opens up the possibility that she was picked up in the corner of the parking lot, away from the main entrance.
It is also plausible that the killer picked Megan up on Central Avenue. This small road lies to the south of the hotel and is easily accessible via the parking lot.
According to locals, this area is pretty quiet, especially after normal business hours. If the Long Island serial killer is as cautious as we think he is, then it stands to reason that he might have selected this spot instead of the busier service road to the north.
When Megan exited the hotel lobby at 1.30 a.m., this street would have been completely dark and empty.
Notably, there were no streetlights along Central Avenue at the time. The streetlights at the northern end of the road weren't added until around 2017.
Possible pick-up spot.
LISK may have concealed himself by parking behind the tree line on Central Avenue. This would have prevented hotel guests from getting a good look at his vehicle.
He might have also parked closer to the cul-de-sac circle on the left. The circle in question is in a "blind spot", as there are no rooms or CCTV cameras on the southern side of the hotel.
Once his vehicle rolled to a stop, the killer picked up his burner phone and contacted Megan to let her know where he was parked.
After picking his victim up, it is likely that he drove north. From there, he could have easily joined the Long Island Expressway or headed south along Joshua's Path.
Express Drive South.
A number of online reports claim that Megan was last seen walking along this service road. However, this is incorrect.
Picking up a woman on the shoulder of a busy service road in the early hours of the morning would draw the attention of other motorists.
In other words, he would have been making himself extremely visible at a time when he didn't want to be.
This aerial image was taken on Thursday, April 1st, 2010, roughly two months before Megan disappeared. As you can see, Central Avenue was pretty quiet, even during the day.
The side of the hotel.
This Google Street View image was taken in July of 2012.
As you can see, the southern side of the Holiday Inn Express has one small window. None of the rooms face southward.
Furthermore, the plain exterior wall makes it very obvious that there are no CCTV cameras.
The red line highlights a small pathway that leads from the front of the hotel down to the rear parking lot and Central Avenue. If LISK parked adjacent to this pathway, he would have been able to pick up Megan Waterman without being spotted by a hotel guest.
This location belongs to the following categories.Serial KillersLong Island serial killer locationsUnresolved Cases
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