One woman from Pennsylvania has been taken into custody and slammed with charges of first-degree and third-degree murder in connection to the double homicide of the elderly parents.
Both victims, 72-year-old Miriam Beck and 73-year-old Reid Beck were discovered dismembered inside of their family home by police officials this past Tuesday, in the wake of the couple’s son calling in to have a wellness check carried out. The last time the victims were spoken to was on the 7th of January.
The couple’s 49-year-old daughter, Verity Beck, was discovered by police officials inside of the house with the dead and dismembered bodies. Verity was known to live at the house with both of her parents.
BREAKING : Elderly couple found dead in Jenkintown home were shot then dismembered , a chainsaw was found at the scene. Daughter charged w/ 1st degree murder. https://t.co/QE4FVh7aYI
— Annie McCormick (@6abcAnnie) January 18, 2023
A press release issued by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office stated that in the wake of “entering the home, officers encountered the couple’s adult daughter inside.” “Officers observed one deceased person tightly wrapped in a white bed sheet, and evidence of a second deceased person inside the home. There were signs of extreme trauma present.”
When police officials questioned Verity about where her parents were, the woman reportedly issued the deadpan response, “They are dead.”
Verity was quickly taken into custody and has since been issued charges.
After a more extensive search of the family’s home, police officers discovered a chainsaw next to one of the dismembered bodies. Both Miriam and Reid’s bodies “were in various stages of dismemberment,” explained a press release, going further to say that “several firearms were recovered from the home as well.”
“Verity used this chainsaw and put parts of her parents into trash bags and had covered them up. They were actually in two different trash cans,” explained Kevin Steele, the District Attorney for Montgomery County, in a press release from Wednesday.
Steele went on to speak about how officers were overcome by the overpowering smell when they entered the house, which has officers believing that the bodies had been left to decompose for quite some time.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, after finishing up the examination of the couple, indicated that the bodies seemed to have been sitting around for close to a week.
The coroner’s office also stated that Miriam and Reid were “were victims of a gunshot wound to the head and the cause of death was ruled a homicide,” explained the DA’s Office.
As explained via the criminal complaint, Verity’s brother was at the family home prior to his eventually calling the police on Tuesday. He saw what seemed to be a body hidden under a blanket while we spoke with his sister.