When a fitness instructor is murdered in the predawn hours following a dark and stormy Texas night, her body is discovered by her students. Investigators search for a killer caught on camera in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Missy Bevers was 45 years old when she was murdered in Midlothian, Texas. She was a loving mother with a passion for fitness.
The evening before her murder, Missy posted a Facebook status informing her students that they would have fitness class the following morning, rain or shine. Investigators believe her killer may have used such posts to keep tabs on her schedule and location.
The individual pictured in this security still is Missy’s murderer. They concealed their identity with an outfit that resembles police tactical / riot gear.
This CBS 11 News photo pictures Dr Michael Nirenberg, a forensic podiatrist who reviewed security camera footage of Missy’s killer. He analyzed the killer’s walk and concluded that the way they normally walk may be different than the way they walk in cumbersome tactical gear. He also stated that the killer’s sex cannot be determined by analyzing their gait. Photo: CBS 11 News.
Missy was murdered early on the morning of April 18th, 2016.Her killer ambushed her while she was setting up for a workout class she was going to teach. Her students found her body a short while later.
Pictured: Missy’s killer caught on surveillance footage inside the church where she was murdered.
Sources used to research this episode:
Fitness Instructor Murdered Before Early-Morning Workout Session at Texas Church (Tobias Salinger / New York Daily News)
Who Killed Missy Bevers? One Year Later, Texas Fitness Instructor’s Death Remains a Mystery (Chris Harris / People)
Homicide Investigation Underway After Woman Found Dead Inside Midlothian Church (Frank Heinz / NBCDFW)
Head Wound Killed Midlothian Fitness Instructor, Truck Seized: Search Warrant (Frank Heinz / NBC 5 News)
Missy Bevers Died from Multiple Puncture Wounds to the Head and Chest: Police (Frank Heinz / NBC 5 News)
Video: Midlothian Texas Police Department Surveillance Footage from Creek Side Church Homicide (Midlothian Texas PD via YouTube)
Video: Creekside Church Surveillance Video UPDATE (Midlothian Texas PD via YouTube)
Video: Additional Surveillance Footage Creekside Church Homicide Midlothian Texas Police Department (Midlothian Texas PD via YouTube)
Video: New Video in Missy Bevers Case (Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth via YouTube)
Murder Offenders by Age, Sex, Race and Ethnicity (2017 Expanded Homicide Data Table 3, Uniform Crime Reporting / FBI)
Internet Sleuths Muddy Waters and Wreck Lives in Missy Bevers’ Murder Investigation (Christian McPhate / Dallas Observer)
What We Know About the Eerie Unsolved Murder of Missy Bevers ( Jennifer Deutschmann / Grunge)
Docs: Church Murder Victim Received “Creepy” LinkedIn Message (CBS News)
Police Search for ‘Vehicle of Interest’ in Texas Church Murder (CBS News)
Video: Midlothian Murder Mystery: Man Held for Days in Investigation (WFAA News)
Bevers Was Allegedly Having Marital Problems Before Murder (CBS News)
Sources: Police Believe Slain Midlothian Mom Was Targeted (Tanya Eiserer / ABC 8 News)
Forensic Podiatrist Called By FBI To Study Missy Bevers’ Killer’s Gait, Explains Investigative Process (CBS News)
The Missy Bevers Murder Three Years Later: Where the Investigation Stands Today (ABC 8 News)
If you know anything about the murder of Missy Bevers, please contact the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-3333, OR Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-7297. By contacting the Ellis County Crime Stoppers, you may remain anonymous.