Rebecca Beard Cold Case: Texas EquuSearch helps family find remains of Freeport woman murdered in 1986

The family of a murdered Freeport mother has a glimmer of hope that they can finally bury her nearly four decades later.

At the age of 22, Rebecca Beard disappeared. In 1994, Paul Taylor admitted to murdering and hiding her body. He is serving life in prison.

In March 2022, almost four decades later, Taylor led the FBI to where he allegedly buried her. For the past 10 days, EquuSearch has been excavating the area in hopes of finding their remains.

“The family have offered Paul Taylor immediate release, which we are willing to give as he is already on parole. But my mother and Becky’s daughter all agreed that if he took her to the body, we would be fine with immediate release. And he agreed to do so, so they brought him here,” said Becky’s sister, Carol Mize. “If we can find the remains and they’re verified, he would have an immediate release.”

Bringing hope to a family that has long waited for a miracle. For almost four decades, Rebecca’s family couldn’t properly say goodbye to her.

“We’ve been waiting for this for all these years. That someone is finally looking for her,” Mize said.

Years of pain and sorrow met new hope.

“I knew getting into this was going to be difficult at best… and the odds weren’t really good, but if we don’t, there’s no chance at all,” said Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch.

Miller says his heart is a little closer to this case.

“Rebecca was buried and murdered in 1986 and they found Laura’s body in 1986. Just a month apart,” Miller said.

Laura is Tim’s daughter. The reason he started Texas EquuSearch was initially to help others.

“It’s time. It’s time she was somewhere other than out here. And again, I hope that despite all the animal activity and flooding we’ve had in the past, she’s still here. I believe with all my heart that she eventually was… so let’s hope she still is,” Miller said.

This is also the hope of her family. Becky was only 22 at the time of her disappearance and murder and her daughter was about to turn three.

“The last thing she said was I love you,” her sister Carol said. “Becky was full of life. She didn’t deserve this.”

She says they still don’t know why her killer, Paul Taylor, did it or targeted Becky. Carol confirms that Becky and her killer did not know each other. All they know is that she was killed in a drunken rage under the influence of drugs.

Miller says Becky was buried near her murder job at the time. In the same area, Miller says they will continue to search Angleton until no stone is left unturned.

The family has set up a Facebook page to post updates on the search for Becky’s remains.

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