Missy Bevers

Update: FIVE YEARS since ‘Gladiator mom’ Missy Bevers murder

Nearly five years after the murder of Texas woman Missy Bevers, the Midlothian Police Department announced that a retired federal law enforcement agent is now looking at the case for anything that might have been missed, Fox 4 reports.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bevers, 45, walked into the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas, at 4:20 a.m. on April 18, 2016, to set up for a fitness class she was scheduled to lead at 5 a.m. The security camera that recorded her front-door arrival and also captured her killer wandering the church halls just minutes earlier, carrying the hammer used to beat her to death.

As Bevers walked through the church doors to prepare for the morning’s workout session, the suspect, dressed in a police SWAT uniform, attacked her, causing numerous puncture wounds

A woman arriving for the “Camp Gladiator” workout found Bevers dead inside the church about 45 minutes later. Midlothian police received a 911 call reporting the discovery at 5:06 a.m.

Bevers, a mother of three, died from puncture wounds found on her head and chest. Nothing was taken from the church, police said.

Another video released online showed what police called a “vehicle of interest,” although investigators will not confirm if they have identified its driver or explained its unusual appearance near the church. It was recorded by a series of cameras posted around a gun store near the church about two hours before the murder.

The Nissan Altima spent six minutes in the SWFA Outdoors parking lot, much of the time with its lights off. The church is on the opposite side of the divided highway, less than a half-mile away.

Midlothian police previously cleared family members from suspicion. Bevers’ husband was on an out-of-town trip at the time of the murder.

Along with the grief of delayed justice, the lack of a named suspect is the source of fear in Midlothian. Bevers’ relatives worry the killer, perhaps emboldened by success at eluding suspicion, could strike again, a family member previously told CrimeOnline.

Midlothian authorities released a statement this week, indicating that the case is active and open while investigators continue to protect sensitive information about Bever’s murder.

“Please know that we will continue to thoughtfully protect the release of information about Missy’s murder as long as this case remains open. There has been substantial assumption about this case as it continues to receive nationwide attention. Missy was a beloved mother, wife, daughter, and sister. She and her family, as well as the Midlothian community, deserve our best efforts,” Assistant Chief Scott Brown said.

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So far, authorities have received more than 3,000 tips in the case. Tips continue to come in daily about the case, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The new Criminal Investigation Division Commander “is an experienced homicide detective from a major metroplex agency,” Midlothian police said.

“The expertise of these seasoned investigators, combined with the advancements in technology and new investigative techniques developed in law enforcement over the past five years, will hopefully lead to a satisfactory conclusion of this case,” Brown added.

“It is our sincere belief that collaboration with the public is what will eventually lead us to solve this crime. We believe that someone may have a vital piece of information that to this date is unknowingly being withheld. We appeal to the community to please contact the Midlothian Police Department, regardless of how insignificant they may think their information may be.”

Anyone with any information regarding the murder should contact the Missy Bevers tip line at 972-775-7624 or the Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-7297, to remain anonymous.

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[Feature Photo: Missy Bevers/Handout]