Police seek link to 1992 death of mother of three


The body of Camille Marie Whalen was found the morning of Aug. 27, 1992, at a baseball field concession stand near Havelock Elementary School. Her homicide has never been solved.

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Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 09:16 AM.

The possible DNA match of a convicted killer to the deaths of several area women nearly two decades ago is heating up at least three cold cases in southeastern North Carolina.

Matthew Lorne Alder, 42, is serving a life sentence in a Michigan prison. He has been behind bars since 1995 when a jury convicted him of murdering a 19-year-old woman whom he had raped and set on fire in 1994. He is also awaiting trial in a neighboring town, accused of beating a woman to death in 1993.

Thanks to new evidence, federal, state and local authorities are trying to determine whether Alder also left a trail of bodies across Craven and Onslow counties in the early 1990s. Alder was a Marine stationed in the area at the time of several deaths they are investigating, officials said.

Havelock Police Chief Wayne Cyrus confirmed Tuesday that his department has re-opened the 1992 homicide investigation of 25-year-old Camille Marie Whalen. Known to her friends as “Cami,” the mother of three was hitchhiking in Havelock when she was picked up, strangled and stabbed to death. Her body was dumped at a secluded baseball park.

Havelock police received information in January from investigators in Genesee Township, Mich., indicating Alder’s possible involvement in the crimes in Jacksonville and Havelock, particularly Whalen’s homicide that remains unsolved.

“The investigation went cold after Havelock investigators were not able to develop information from the few leads available at the time,” Cyrus said in a press release.

Since January, Havelock detectives have been interviewing possible witnesses in and out of state to determine the veracity of the information. Investigators have also received letters that they have been reviewing, Cyrus said.

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