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Illinois Mother Of Three Shot Dead, Authorities Search Estranged Husband’s Home

No arrests have been made in the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Rebecca Bliefnick. Officers raided the home of her estranged husband, Timothy Bliefnick, on Wednesday.


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Police haven’t arrested any suspects a week after an Illinois mother was mysteriously shot and killed. 

Investigators launched a homicide investigation late last month after Rebecca Bliefnick, 41, was found dead at her home in Quincy, Illinois, on Feb. 23. A relative found her body after the mother of three failed to pick up her children from school, according to the Muddy River News.

Law enforcement stated foul play was suspected in her death. Bliefnick was shot multiple times, Quincy Police Chief Adam Yates said.

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No arrests have been made. Authorities haven’t disclosed any official suspects or persons of interest, however, officers raided the home of Bliefnick’s estranged husband, Timothy Bliefnick, on Wednesday, WGEM-TV reported. An individual was temporarily detained and released. Officials didn’t specify if that person was Bliefnick’s spouse. The search was carried out around 8 a.m.

“The information learned and evidence gathered over the last six days has led us to this point in our investigation,” Yates added. “During a criminal investigation it is not unusual to obtain and serve numerous search warrants for a variety of reasons. Search warrants are a normal part of the investigative process. Our detectives will allow the information and evidence to guide them as they continue to investigate.”

A personal photo of Becky Bliefnick

The Illinois State Police and the Adams County State’s Attorney’s office are also assisting in the investigation into Bliefnick’s death.

Yates also described the case as his department’s “highest priority.”

“We’re looking at this as an open investigation,” Yates had previously said. “We’re looking to talk to more witnesses and we’re going over video evidence. It’s very early in the process. Our hearts are with her children and her family. We are thinking of them right now.”

Officials haven’t disclosed additional information. 

A funeral was held for Bliefnick in Quincy on Thursday.

“She is remembered for the life she cherished — a life of compassion, generosity, faith, and fierce love for her family,” Bliefnick’s obituary stated.

The 41-year-old mother, nurse and former pharmaceutical sales representative was born in Quincy. She worked in vascular access at Blessing Hospital. At the time of her death, she was working towards obtaining her nurse practitioner certification, her obituary said.

“She always found a way to highlight the achievements of others while never demanding the spotlight, although she deserved it often,” Bliefnick’s obituary added. “Becky loved to laugh, and that laugh was contagious. Everyone that knew her remembers her random humor.”