The mysterious murder of Texas woman Terri “Missy” Bevers, 45, remains unsolved as authorities continue to investigate all leads available. According to NBC DFW News, on Wednesday, April 27, the Midlothian Police Department released an evidentiary search warrant indicating blood-stained shirts were dropped off at a local dry cleaner by Missy’s father-in-law, Randy Bevers.
NBC reports the search warrant states the following:
“…shirts that appear to have blood stains on them that were dropped off at the Dry Clean Super Center of Midlothian by Randy Bevers… who is the father of the decedent in this MURDER investigation… When the clothing was dropped off Randy Bevers told the employee that the shirt had ‘Animal Blood’ on it. The employee stated to investigators that the shirt looked as if it had been attempted to be cleaned prior to being dropped off.”
Later in the day, Missy’s husband, Brandon Bevers, along with Randy, spoke to reporters stating they were pleased detectives are looking into every lead possible in the case, including the shirt mentioned in the search warrant.
According to CBS DFW, the two men wanted to speak publicly about the matter, as Brandon noted, “I wanted to make sure we put this fire out.” He added, “This is such a non-issue we wanted to address it fast.”
During the news event, Randy said the blood was from a pet that was involved in a dog fight that took place at the home of a relative. According to CBS, Randy and his wife had been staying at the residence since Missy’s murder. To try and save Kilo, the injured dog, the couple transported the pet to the Animal Hospital of Mansfield, at which time their shirts became stained with blood.
Brandon and his father said police “warned” the family to expect “scrutiny” so they were not upset with the speculation.
“The fact that the person at the dry cleaner had the wherewithal to call the police… we need that … vigilance,” Brandon said, according to CBS.
NBC reports the search warrant states possible DNA evidence could be present on the blood-stained shirt.
Missy’s sister-in-law, Kristi Stout, supports Randy’s account of how blood got on his shirt. She told NBC there was a dog fight in her kitchen and Randy stepped in to separate the animals. She stated that one of the dogs, a 13-year-old Chihuahua, died as a result of the canine altercation.
Missy, a fitness instructor, was found dead at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian on April 18. She had gone there to lead a fitness class at 5 a.m. that morning. When her students arrived for class, they found her unresponsive and called authorities, according to The Dallas Morning News Crime Blog. Police released a search warrant last week that revealed Missy sustained a head wound; however, her official cause of death has not been released.
In an attempt to solve her killing, police released surveillance footage of an individual wearing full law enforcement tactical gear while walking the hallways of the church shortly before 4 a.m. that morning, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Police are unsure if the person is male or female, but think he or she has an identifiable walk that someone will recognize. The person was seen “opening doors and using a hammer,” The Dallas Morning News reports.
At Wednesday’s press event, Brandon said he initially thought his wife’s killing occurred because she interrupted some type of burglary at the church, but he now believes otherwise. “I believe she was targeted, that’s my opinion,” he stated, according to CBS.
Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding Missy’s case to call the tip line at 972-775-7624. NBC reports tipsters can maintain anonymity and may be eligible for a reward. To remain anonymous, information can be given by calling the Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-PAYS (7292).
According to NBC, Oak Farms Dairy is offering a reward of $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of anyone responsible for Missy’s murder.
In addition, the Bevers Children Fund has been established for Missy’s daughters. Anyone who wants to contribute can do so by making a donation at any Citizens National Bank of Texas, according to NBC.
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