Missy Bevers’ murder has everyone in Midlothian looking at their neighbors and friends a little differently. The unlikely victim, Terri “Missy” Bevers, was a mom and health nut. Missy was killed at Creekside Church in Midlothian, Texas, in the wee hours of the morning of April 18.
Missy Bevers, wife and mom of three, arrived alone at the Creekside Church at 4 a.m. to teach Bootcamp Aerobics. Caught on church surveillance cameras prior to her arrival is someone dressed in police SWAT gear, wandering the halls, carrying a hammer, and looking into rooms. The person in the video is difficult to identify because of being heavily garbed head-to-toe, including a helmet. Authorities are looking at the gait of the person, a peculiar walk that may help the public identify the killer. They speculate the boots may be too big as they look odd. Perhaps an attempt to throw off investigators who may try to identify the size of the boots? Authorities are not even sure if the killer is male or female.
On Friday, police cleared family members of Missy Bevers’ death, according to Fox News. Police say that Missy was killed with a hammer and the killer may have recorded the crime by cell phone. The news of such a brutal attack has Midlothian on edge as they ponder the case and wonder who the killer could be. Diners at a Midlothian cafe discuss the case daily over coffee. One resident expressed her thoughts.
“And to kill with a hammer? I mean, this was like someone really, really hated her or something.”
During their investigation, police discovered Missy Bever’s text messages from a fellow, married athlete, according to The Dallas Morning News. The text messages were described by authorities as “flirtatious and familiar” and “intimate.” They also learned from a friend that just three days prior to her murder, she received a “creepy and strange” LinkedIn message from someone she did not know.
As with any investigation of this magnitude, the fingers of inquiry dig deep, and it appears that Missy and her husband, Brandon Bevers, were having both marital and financial problems. Brandon Bevers was away on a fishing trip when his wife was killed and that has been confirmed by investigators.
In the latest of sketchy clues, a vehicle is caught on grainy video pulling up at a nearby business, SWFA Outdoors, a sporting goods store, at 2 a.m. the morning of the murder. SWFA is less than a mile from the church. The car sat in the empty parking lot for a period of time before taking off again. It is the only business near the church on the opposite side of the highway. Grasping at any clue that may help them solve this case, police are on the lookout for a 2010-2012 Nissan Altima. Police say it is probably silver, but may be light in color. It’s a four-door sedan with a round bumper sticker below the license plate. Police are unable to enhance the license plate because it is highly reflective and the light above the license plate washes it out.
Vehicle of interest, murder investigation of Missy Bevers, 2010-12 silver or lt color Nissan Altima w/oval sticker. pic.twitter.com/UUs2oCL34t
— Midlothian Police (@MidlothianPD) May 20, 2016
The killer of Missy Bevers arrived at the Creekside church about 30 minutes before she did. Police now estimate the height of the killer as five-foot-two inches to five-foot-seven-inches by correlating the image in the video with nearby interior structures. Since the beginning of the investigation, police have been wary of committing to a gender of the killer, suspecting it could be a woman disguised in heavy attire. Perhaps a jealous wife? The determination of the height only makes it more clear that it could indeed be a woman. The police are also describing the person as light-skinned.
Police are not sure if the 2010-2012 Nissan Altima is connected to the murder, but they are chasing all leads to solve the murder.
[Image via Midlothian Police Department]