Police seek link to 1992 death of mother of three

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

Investigators at the time said significant evidence was recovered at the scene, but they came to the conclusion that Whalen was not killed in Havelock but elsewhere, and her body had been dumped at the baseball field.

Authorities said at the time that they were looking for a late model, dark blue Ford Mustang with three antennas that may have been in the area where the young woman’s body was found. Three men, all white and in their 20s, were believed to be in the vehicle.

Described as a drifter by authorities in 1992, Whalen had been seen the night before her death hitchhiking near Temples Point Road and N.C. 101.

According to Havelock News file stories on the case, Whalen grew up in Ohio and was just 3 1/2 years old when her mother died in a motorcycle crash. She later moved to Germany to live with a sister who was serving in the military and then relocated to the Swansboro and Cedar Point areas of Carteret County.

Whalen’s three children were 7 years, 4 years and 8 months old at the time of her death.

 After a memorial service in North Carolina, Whalen’s ashes were sent to Ohio where she was buried next to her mother.

Patricia O’Brien told the Havelock News in an 1992 story that she had raised Whalen after Whalen’s mother had died. O’Brien said that Whalen had quit high school but was pursing a GED while working as a waitress.

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