Family Feud member charged with murdering ex-wife
An Illinois man who appeared with his family on the hit game show “Family Feud” has been charged with home invasion murder by his wife, whose bullet-riddled body was found after she failed to pick up their three children from school. .
Police said Timothy Blifnick, 39, of Quincy, was arrested Monday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion.
“This brutal crime has put the Quincy community on alert and our residents live in fear,” Quincy Police Chief Adam Yates said on the department’s Facebook page.
“I hope today’s announcement can begin to assuage some of those concerns.”
Rebecca Blifnick, 41, estranged from Blifnick, was found dead at her home on Kentucky Road on February 23rd.
The couple, who married in 2009, had been separated for several years and were in the process of divorce at the time of Rebecca’s death, KHQA reports, citing court documents that were later removed from the Illinois Public Records website after a judge ordered seal them.
According to the deleted documents, Rebecca or a local domestic abuse agency working on her behalf filed restraining orders against Tim and his father, the news outlet reported.
In 2020, Tim appeared with his family on the popular TV show Family Feud and KHQA reported on their party.
Rebecca’s family expressed their relief at the arrest.
“While today’s arrest is a step towards closing the case, the journey is far from over and the investigation continues,” they said, according to Fox News Digital.
“Our highest priority remains the protection and love of Becky’s sons, who have been the light of her life. As we grieve, we will love and care for them in the way we know she would like to,” the family added.
According to a recent LinkedIn profile referenced by KHQA, Tim worked for Quincy Farm Products in business development.
Philip Hildebrand Jr., the company’s vice president of finance and administration, told the station that the suspect was no longer an employee and that the company was cooperating with the police.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rebecca Blifnick and her family, and we hope for justice,” Hildebrand said.
Tim was held at the Adams County Jail on a bail warrant.
His lawyer, Casey Schnack, told Fox News Digital that she is preparing a series of lawsuits “to protect his interests and protect his constitutional rights.”
“I requested but did not receive a copy of the indictment and arrest warrant,” she told the publication, adding that Tim had never been arrested before and that the couple’s three sons had never been taken from their home due to domestic violence.
In the meantime, an online fundraiser has been launched to raise funds for the Rebecca Scholarship.
“Despite the circumstances of her death, she is remembered for the life she cherished—a life of compassion, generosity, faith and fierce love for her family,” wrote her sister Sarah Reilly.
“She left behind three young children and a whole community that loved her more than anything. Becky has always imagined herself working in the medical field, so it’s no surprise that she chose a career in nursing – her true calling – where she could care for and comfort people on a daily basis, ”she added.
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