Midlothian, Texas, police are getting a better a look at the person accused of killing fitness instructor Terri “Missy” Bevers, thanks to video reconstruction completed by Tarrant County digital investigators.
CBS 11 reports that Tarrant County investigators completed the video reconstruction from surveillance camera footage taken of the suspect accused of murdering 45-year-old Missy Bevers on April 18, at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian. Although detectives haven’t released the reconstructed video, they stated that the Tarrant County DA’s Digital Forensics and Technology team gave the surveillance footage expert scrutiny, and they feel confident it will lead to Bevers’ killer.
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Investigator Kyle Gibson stated that experts are using not only footage caught of the suspect in the early morning hours of April 18, but also cellphone information and other details stored in technology.
“We don’t realize how much data is stored on systems themselves — through the cell phones, through the computers.”
For throughout most of the night on Thursday, investigators spent time in the church Bevers was killed in, retracing each step the suspect took and determining the suspect’s height by measuring door frames.
Last year, WFAA ABC profiled Tarrant County’s state-of-the-art forensics video room, located in Fort Worth’s Tarrant County Plaza Building. Gibson stated that the forensics facilities has helped solved numerous cases, from basic thefts to murder. Forensic video analyst Mark Porter can take basic surveillance images and enhance them, organize them, and create a timeline of events from the images that’s helped detective crack cases. Even destroyed cellphones can turn into evidence that helps catch criminals. According to Porter, “Just about every case is going to have some aspect of video evidence involved in it.”
Meanwhile, Midlothian police denied rumors that the suspect has already been caught. Speculation began earlier this week, shortly after Nancy Grace made reference that police expect to arrest the suspect soon, while going over the details of the case on her HLN show. Yet it seems Grace was confirming that police feel that an arrest is imminent, not that it had already happened.
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Grace also touched on Bevers’ alleged strange behavior, including abruptly stopping her gym routine just a few weeks before death. Bevers spent nearly every day at Anytime Fitness in Midlothian for at least three years, but according to the gym manager, she hadn’t been there much at all within the past two weeks leading up to her murder. The gym manager also indicated that the few times she did show up, Bevers wasn’t her usual self, sparking speculation that the mother of three was targeted.
Bevers, a dedicated fitness instructor, arrived at the church on April 18 at a little after 4 a.m. to lead a Camp Gladiator exercise class. The class usually took place outdoors, but because of the weather, Bevers posted a message on her Facebook page, letting her students know that instruction would be held inside the church. Some of the class members found Bevers lifeless inside the church at around 4:30 a.m.
The suspect was seen on footage, disguised in police gear, carrying some kind of metal tool or hammer, which were consistent with the fatal wounds found on Bevers. Midlothian police named numerous individuals as “persons of interest,” but so far, they haven’t named anyone definitively. They still are not sure whether the suspect is a male or female, which has led to debate over social media. While some internet sleuths think the assailant is clearly male, others feel a female, possibly the spouse of someone Bevers was having an affair with, is the culprit. This speculation has not been clearly substantiated, although last week, authorities did state there may have been possible extramarital affairs in the victim’s marriage.
SWFA is offering $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the death of Missy Bevers. Anyone with any information should call the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-7624 or the Ellis County Crime Stoppers at (972) 937-PAYS.
[Image by Bevers Family/Facebook]