Michigan inmate may be linked to unsolved Havelock homicide

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

Because of the unfolding nature of the cold case investigation, detectives can’t answer specific questions about the crimes, Jacksonville Public Safety Director Mike Yaniero said in an email in response to questions about the cases.

In Jacksonville, the case involves Jane Doe 95-7000 — named so because her discovery was the 7,000th case the JPD opened in 1995. She has never been identified despite exhaustive efforts by detectives.

Medical examiners believe Jane Doe 95-7000 was dead for two to three years before her remains were discovered.

After a new Michigan law requiring inmates to submit DNA samples went into effect last year, Alder proved to be a positive match for DNA found at a crime scene in Genesee Township in that state. In September, he was charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Wanda Musk, whose body was found naked and bruised in a field there in 1993. She died of blunt force head trauma.

Alder is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at Kinross Correctional Facility for the murder of Lisa Gipson. In 1994, Alder took Gipson home with him from a nightclub. He and an accomplice sexually assaulted her, placed a paper bag over her head while leading her to the garage and stuffed a rag in her mouth. Alder drove to a secluded area and burned her alive, according to court records. When Alder was apprehended, he had first- and second-degree burns on his right hand, wrist and leg.

Anyone with information about any of the unsolved crimes can contact the Havelock Police Department at 447-3212, the Jacksonville/Onslow Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 or the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-455-1472. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward and callers do not have to reveal their identities. 

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