Former ‘Family Feud’ Contestant Arrested For Murder After Estranged Wife Found Riddled With Bullets, Police Say
An Illinois man who once appeared on the popular game show Family Feud has been arrested for the home-invasion death of his estranged wife, police said.
According to the Quincy Police Department, officers found the bullet-riddled body of Rebecca Bliefnick, 41, at her home in Quincy on Feb. 23 after she failed to pick up her three kids from school.
On March 13, Rebecca’s estranged husband, Timothy Bliefnick, 39, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion, police said.
“This brutal crime has had the Quincy community on edge and our residents living in fear,” Quincy Police Chief Adam Yates said. “I hope today’s announcement can begin to calm some of those concerns.”
The couple married in 2009 but had been separated for several years and were going through divorce proceedings at the time of Rebecca’s death, KHQA reported.
According to KHQA, Rebecca had filed restraining orders against Tim and his father by a local domestic violence agency working on her behalf.
Tim appeared with his family on Family Feud in 2020 and KHQA reported he had been working at Quincy Farm Products in business development.
Philip Hildebrand Jr., the company’s vice president of finance and administration, said Tim is no longer an employee and the company is cooperating with police.
He added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Rebecca Bliefnick and her family, and we’re hoping for justice.”
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Rebecca’s family told Fox News Digital in a statement, “While the arrest today provides a step towards closure, this journey is far from over and the investigation continues.”
They added, “Our highest priority remains protecting and loving Becky’s sons who were the lights of her life. As we continue mourning, we will love and care for them in the ways we know she would want.”
Tim is being held at the Adams County Jail on a no-bond warrant while the investigation continues, officials said.
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