Michigan inmate may be linked to unsolved Havelock homicide

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Camille Marie Whalen, 25, was found dead near a baseball field in Havelock in 1992. She was strangled and stabbed to death, but her killer or killers have not been caught.

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Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM.

Police in Havelock, Jacksonville, and elsewhere are investigating whether the unsolved homicides of women are linked to a convicted killer already serving a life sentence for a grisly murder and facing charges in another.

Matthew Lorne Alder, 42, has been imprisoned in Michigan since 1995 when a jury there convicted him of the premeditated murder of a 19-year-old woman whom he raped and set on fire.

He is also awaiting trial in that state in another decades-old homicide case, which he has been linked to through DNA. Additional information has recently surfaced that allegedly ties Alder to cold cases in North Carolina, authorities have confirmed.

Naval investigators, agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and detectives with local law enforcement departments are working together to determine Alder’s supposed involvement in at least four homicides in the area, including the death of an unidentified woman whose skeletal remains were found in Jacksonville in 1995 and a hitchhiker who was found beaten to death in Havelock in 1992.

Alder was a Marine stationed in the area at the time of the deaths, officials said.

In Havelock, police continue to investigate the death of 25-year-old Camille Marie Whalen, an out-of-town hitchhiker and mother of three whose nude body was discovered bound and gagged at a baseball field in August 1992. She had been strangled and stabbed at a different location, according to autopsy reports.

“This investigation is active so I can’t go into any detail about what we are doing,” Havelock Police Chief Wayne Cyrus said.

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