By MADDY VITALE
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy are investigating a double homicide of a couple found in their Montgomery County home.
On Jan. 17 at 10:30 p.m., Abington Police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Beverly Road in the Jenkintown section of Abington Township to check the well-being of the residents Reid and Miriam “Toni” Beck.
The call was made by a family member who had not seen or heard from the elderly couple, Reid and Miriam Beck, in more than a week. The couple had a summer home at 80th Street in Sea Isle City.
Officers responded and encountered the couple’s daughter inside, Verity Beck, 49, who lived with them. One victim was found tightly wrapped in a white bed sheet and there was a second victim. There were signs of extreme trauma present, according to the release.
The bodies were of Reid Beck, 73, and Miriam Beck, 72, who had a summer home at 17 80th Street in Sea Isle City. Verity Beck was taken into custody, authorities said.
A chain saw was located near one of the bodies, and both victims were in various stages of dismemberment, the release said.
Linda Newbold and others who knew the Becks through their summer home in Sea Isle, posted words of sorrow, shock and sadness on social media.
“Toni and Reid rest in peace. So sorry and heart broken. My heart goes out to their family and friends. Always kind, passed you often on walks in Sic. You held hands…love,” Newbold said in a post.
Mary Cass Cavanaugh wrote, “Tonee & Reid are the heart and soul of 80th street. We will truly miss Tonee and Reid the sweetest people ever and honored to know them and to call our friends. God Bless them and the family.”
According to authorities, several firearms were recovered from the Beck’s Abington Township home.
The bodies were transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where it was determined that both victims died from a gunshot wound to the head and the cause of death was ruled a homicide.
Verity Beck, a former beach tag inspector in Sea Isle, is charged with first-degree and third-degree murder. Those charged with first degree murder are not eligible for bail. The defendant remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending further proceedings.
The Abington Police Department is investigation in conjunction with detectives from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Abington Detectives at (267) 536-1100, option #4.