A Cedar Rapids homicide victim is expected to get a proper burial after her stepson came forward Wednesday, police said Friday.
Doris Bevins, 68, was assaulted Sept. 19 and died a day later at a Cedar Rapids hospital. A man who lived upstairs in her apartment house, 48-year-old Jerome Power, is charged with first-degree murder.
Since Bevins’ death, police and a local family services agency have led the search for Bevins’ relatives, but had been unsuccessful. Until Wednesday.
Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Bevins’ stepson, Mike Bevins, has been incarcerated at the Linn County Jail. Hamblin was at the jail giving a tour Wednesday when a guard told her about an inmate that wanted to talk to her.
Mike Bevins told Hamblin he decided to contact police after reading about the search for Bevins’ relatives in The Gazette. His father had been married to Doris for a few years, but when he died, Mike lost track of Doris, Hamblin said.
“He did the right thing,” Hamblin said. “I’m so appreciative that he came forward. Now we can get her a proper burial.”
With Mike Bevins’ signature, up to $7,500 is will be available through the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Program for funeral and burial expenses, Hamblin said. She said the paperwork was filed Thursday.
Mike Bevins, who is awaiting sentencing on a federal charge, will not receive any money, Hamblin said.“He said it was just the right thing to do,” Hamblin said. “He said she was a nice lady.”