MIDLOTHIAN — One year has passed since Terry "Missy" Bevers was found dead inside the Creekside Church of Christ where the mother of three was preparing for a 5 a.m. Camp Gladiator fitness class.
Shortly after 5 a.m. on April 18, 2016, Midlothian Police scoured the area around the church, as well as nearby businesses and neighborhoods, for anything out of place — a possible vehicle or person of interest, surveillance footage, or eyewitnesses.
According to a Daily Light article published May 20, 2016, Midlothian Police have learned from the forensic reconstruction of the security tape provided by Creekside Church that the suspect is between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-7 and appears to be light complected.
An article published in the Midlothian Mirror in early January revealed a possible vehicle of interest as it pulled into the parking lot of SWFA Outdoors in the early morning hours of April 18.
The vehicle, which is obscured by rain, entered the parking lot and circled the building twice. The 7-minute-and-51-second video posted to a YouTube channel maintained by SWFA Outdoors shows a four-door Nissan sedan circling the parking lot.
“The video that the sporting goods store posted to their YouTube account on Dec. 5 is nothing new to us, and its nothing that we have not seen before,” Midlothian Assistant Police Chief Kevin Johnson previously stated. “It was just not released to the public because we didn’t feel like that particular video yielded the best chance of identifying the car.”
On May 20, 2016, the Midlothian Police Department released photos of the rear of a vehicle of interest through its official Twitter, which showed a unique oval shaped sticker. The car is thought to be a 2010-2012 silver-colored Nissan Altima.
However, despite a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Johnson said as of Monday evening there are still no new developments.
"As forensic and investigative technology have advanced significantly over the past several years, so has the ability for law enforcement to recover physical evidence related to violent crimes similar to Missy’s homicide," stated Johnson in a press release issued Monday, April 17. "Law enforcement officials, diligently working with professional outside resources as well, are determined to see this case reach imminent closure. We are relentlessly pursuing new leads that have been developed and are availing ourselves of a number of new, highly advanced investigative techniques. While we are reluctant to discuss all of our current investigative details and methods, there is no technology or resource that will not be fully exploited in order to identify the individual or individuals responsible for this senseless murder."
Johnson continued by stating, "There has been much speculation about this case, as it has received nationwide attention. Please know that we will continue to judiciously protect the release of information about Missy’s murder so long as this case remains open. To do otherwise would be irresponsible and simply poor police work. Missy was a beloved mother, wife, daughter, and sister. She, her family, and our community deserve our best effort. Since the beginning, finding justice for Missy has been our number one priority. We will do that by following the evidence wherever it may lead us."
Johnson added that, during the process of investigating other crimes, investigators have learned some community members will have witnessed crucial information but choose not to report it to officers. He explained this comes after the person has deemed the information a "waste of time" or "not important."
"It is our sincere belief that Missy’s killer will be caught through collaboration with the public. We believe that somebody who has not yet come forward may have that vital piece of information they have thus far withheld," Johnson added. "We implore members of the public to please contact the Midlothian Police Department, regardless of how insignificant they may think their information may be."
Oak Farms Dairy and SWFA Outdoors have previously each offered $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for Bevers' death.
Individuals with information about the case can contact the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-3333. The department is located at 1150 N. U.S. Highway 67 in Midlothian. Anyone with information can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith