Byrd and Melanie Billings, Couple Who Adopted 12 Children, Murdered in Beulah, FL … BOLO for Red Van


The unthinkable happens to a couple with a big heart …

A couple known for adopting children who were developmentally disabled, Byrd and Melanie Billings were murdered in their Beulah, FL home in what is initially being reported as a home invasion. The Billings were shot to death as their 8 children slept. The bodies of 66 year old  Byrd and 43 year old Melanie Billings were found Thursday night after a neighbor called 911. Police are looking for 3 men dressed in black in a late 1970s or early 1980s red van.


“He said that Bud and Melanie had, both of them had been murdered,” Markham said.

Three men dressed in black were seen on surveillance video approaching the property in a late 1970s or early 1980s red van about 7 p.m., authorities say.

Emergency personnel and police went to the home Thursday after receiving a call just before 8 p.m. about shots being fired, Roy said. An employee of the couple found their bodies, he said.

Byrd and Melanie Billings had 16 children, 12 of which were adopted. At the time of the shootings, 8 of the children were in the home; however, none of the children were harmed.

The Billings’ home had an extensive video surveillance system that had cameras in most every room as well as the driveway. Video surveillance was able to capture the following pics of the red 1970s or early 1980s van as well as suspects dressed in black approaching the victims’ house.

Be On the Look Out for a red 1970s or early 1980s van


UPDATE I: Cameras at slain Fla. couple’s home recorded crime

UPDATE II: Two People Being Questioned in the Muder of Byrd and Melanie Billings

Pensacola, FL (AHN) – Police in the Florida panhandle are questioning two people in connection with the killing of a couple who adopted more than 10 children, several with special needs.

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Byrd and Melanie Billings, Couple Who Adopted 12 Children, Murdered in Beulah, FL … BOLO for Red Van”

    1. St Stephen on July 11th, 2009 8:01 am

      I had heard that some of the children were special needs children.

    2. BUN on July 11th, 2009 8:48 am

      I hope the culprit is caught and has his b*lls ripped off before being given the needle!! How mean can one be???

    3. Michelle Smith on July 11th, 2009 10:24 am

      This kind of thing makes my blood boil. So much evil.

    4. bob on July 11th, 2009 1:13 pm

      Evil prevails because justice is delayed. Even if caught, the criminals won’t be executed speedily.

    5. FairWitness on July 11th, 2009 1:34 pm

      If their home has extensive camera surveillance inside and out, with cameras in every room, then I assume the crime was also caught on tape. Why would a family such as this require such an extensive security system? It didn’t do them much good, though, did it? What a terrible tragedy.

    6. Kat_Gram on July 11th, 2009 3:58 pm

      They might have had this surveillance so they could keep an eye out for all of the kids at all times. That’s a lot of kids to keep track of.

    7. deeindvl on July 12th, 2009 4:17 pm

      The cameras were used to monitor the children, whom had varing degrees of disabilities and disorders

    8. chica on July 12th, 2009 7:17 pm

      You would think that the license plate number of the car could be zoomed in. ? since they had a shot of the red van?

    9. colleen on July 16th, 2009 7:32 am

      What will happen to the adopted children?

    10. Stan Gonzales on October 9th, 2009 5:24 pm

      I watched the story featured on Oprah. Is there an address where one could send in a donation to the daughter of the couple, who now have to pay 2 mortges; one to their own home, & one to the home of her murdered parents. The bioloical daughter of the victims is now looking after the special need children, with her husband, but they now are continuing to pay her parent’s mortgage.

    11. julie m on October 10th, 2009 11:16 pm

      I agree, need an address to help these parents with a donation. Too sad for words.

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