MIDLOTHIAN, Texas - Midlothian police have eliminated fitness trainer Missy Bevers’ husband and father-in-law as suspects, but need more tips to find the person who killed her a month ago.
Bevers’ body was found inside the Creekside Church of Christ on Highway 287 on the morning of April 18. She was there to teach a 5 a.m. Camp Gladiator class.
During a press conference Friday morning, Assistant Chief Kevin Johnson said police do not consider any of Bevers’ family, friends or co-workers suspects in the case, despite rumors that have circulated on social media.
Chief Johnson said both her husband and father-in-law have been cooperative and forthcoming. Both have provided detailed alibis that have been independently corroborated.
Bevers’ killer can be seen on surveillance video walking through the building wearing what looks like tactical gear. Investigators were able to use the video to narrow down the height range of the killer to between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 7 inches.
But, police still cannot be certain about the killer’s gender or race. They’ve gotten countless tips about the killer’s unusual walk, but most of it has just been opinion or speculation, Johnson said.
Police released new images of a light-colored 2010-2012 Nissan Altima seen in surveillance video pulling into the nearby SWFA Outdoors parking lot at 2 a.m. on the day of the murder. Investigators now want to talk to the driver and find out more about what he or she may have seen.
Johnson called the investigation frustrating. He hopes that the new clues will convince someone to come forward with information.
“This is a frustrating case. It’s a hard investigation. Some people may think we are not equipped to deal with this investigation. You have to know that we have some really good help. We’ve got access to fantastic resources and personnel and experienced investigators. So yeah, it’s been frustrating. We want an arrest as bad as anybody in this case. We want to bring that sense of safety back to the community and resolve this for the family and the public in general. We’ll continue to work until that’s done,” he said.
There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.