Fitness Instructor Received 'Creepy' Message Before Her Murder

Police investigating possible link to Missy Bevers' killing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2016 6:25 AM CDT
Updated May 6, 2016 7:00 AM CDT

Newly released search warrants in the murder of a Texas fitness instructor reveal a potential lead: A few days before she was killed, Missy Bevers showed a friend a message she had received from an unknown male on LinkedIn, "and they both agreed that the message was creepy and strange," says the warrant, per CBS News. However, the friend could not recall the name of the person, and police were seeking to collect Bevers' communications over the social network. The documents also show that Bevers, 45, had been in contact with another person on LinkedIn, and those messages were described by police as "intimate" and also as "flirtatious and familiar," reports the Dallas Morning News.

Police say that text messages between Bevers and her husband suggest they were having marriage and money problems, and authorities were seeking their phone records, along with those of seven other people. They also want cell tower data, hoping that the killer's phone might have registered on a tower near the church, reports NBC DFW. In seeking the data, the affidavit also suggests the killer might have recorded the killing, notes the Morning News. Bevers was slain in a Midlothian church on April 18, and surveillance video shows a person in police SWAT gear walking the halls of the church breaking glass with a hammer the same morning. Police say she was killed by multiple puncture wounds. No suspects have been named. (More murder stories.)

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