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Title: NCF951206
Description: Onslow County Dec 6 1995

oldies4mari2004 - July 28, 2006 01:45 AM (GMT)

Unidentified White Female

The victim was discovered on December 6, 1995 in Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina.
State of remains: Skeletal.
Estimated Date of Death: Less than 2 years prior to discovery.
The department has not ruled the death a homicide because there was little evidence.


Vital Statistics

Estimated age: 32 - 38 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'6"
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair may have been brown.
Dentals: Expensive and extensive dental work. Tooth 19 had a root canal and had been cut for a crown, the crown was missing. She had protruding teeth.
Clothing: Around her remains, investigators found two New York Transit Authority tokens, two keys with a partially burned key tag, a pair of broken glasses and several coins. The clothing found was a pair of white Nike tennis shoes, size 9; black Lee jeans and a red sweatshirt. Near the body was a thin 18 k gold necklace, two gold bangle bracelets and two gold hoop earrings.


Case History
On December 6th, 1995 a surveyor attempting to locate marking stakes located a complete set of skeletal remains in the wooded area adjacent to Courts Plus health club on Marine Boulevard, US Highway 17 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Jacksonville, N.C. is the home of Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base and Marine Corps Air Station. There are approximately 30,000 United States Marines that reside in and around Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune. Total population is around 70,000.


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Forensic Artist Wesley Neville
Jacksonville Daily News

monkalup - January 3, 2007 03:14 AM (GMT)

Jacksonville Daily News

Putting a face to a mystery

August 18, 2003

They call her Jane Doe in case number 95-7000.

A surveyor found her - only bones, clothes and subway tokens.

Eight years ago, the Jacksonville Police Department tried to solve the case of the woman's skeleton found in woods near Courts Plus health club on Marine Boulevard. There were few clues.

Now, Jane Doe may still not have a name, but she has a face, which could heat up what officers call a "cold case."

"We're hoping this sets off a memory, no matter how small, in someone so we can find out what happened to this woman," Police Chief Ken Bumgarner said.

Authorities sent the skeleton to a Florence County, S.C., sheriff's sergeant who molds a face around the dips and contours of a bare skull to give detectives better clues to solve cases when only a skeleton is found.

Forensic artist Wesley Neville, who volunteers his time through the organization, Everyone Deserves a Name, designed a face for Jane Doe.

It was the first time Jacksonville police have used this type of technology, and it will cost them only a couple weeks of wait and $100.

The department has not ruled the death a homicide because there was little evidence.

Detectives routinely go through the cold case file, and the department has dusted off four to give them a fresh look.

Police here searched the Internet for a forensic artist and even contacted the Discovery Channel. People from the network pointed detectives to Neville, who had worked for the Discovery Channel, Jacksonville police Capt. Gary Dixon said.

An anthropologist already determined Jane Doe was a white woman about 5 feet 6 inches tall between the ages of 32 and 38 who had extensive dental work. Her body had been in the woods less than two years.

After receiving such information like the victim's race and gender from medical examiners and forensic anthropologists, Neville selected pegs known as "tissue markers" to set the thickness of the victim's face skin. He explained that there are certain tissue markers for different races, which allow forensic artists to determine the width of such facial features noses and lips.

Neville said another feature that helped him design the Jane Doe face was the information he got from the nose.

"One of the most accurate features of the skull is the nose," said Neville, who has worked as a forensic artist since 1996. "It's very distinctive feature."

Neville added that this particular Jane Doe had protruding teeth that were a unique characteristic in designing her lips.

"Having large teeth protrude a little causes the upper lip to push back a little," he said, "so I knew her upper lip would be above the teeth."

Around her remains, investigators found two New York Transit Authority tokens, two keys with a partially burned key tag, a pair of broken glasses and several coins.

The clothing found was a pair of white Nike tennis shoes, black Lee jeans and a red sweatshirt. Near the body was a thin gold necklace, two gold bracelets and two gold hoop earrings.

Neville gave Jane Doe brown hair because one was found near the body.

"I'm impressed by the name of the organization - Everyone Deserves a Name," Bumgarner said. "Everyone certainly does."

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monkalup - January 3, 2007 03:16 AM (GMT)

monkalup - July 30, 2008 07:37 PM (GMT)

Leads still pursued for skeletal remains
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Editor's note: This is part an ongoing series looking at unsolved homicides in Onslow County.

Walking in a wooded area on Marine Boulevard in 1995, a surveyor stumbled upon a grisly find - a skull, some clothing and a leg bone still inside a sock and Nike tennis shoe.

Although it has been 12 years since police recovered those remains - which belong to a still unidentified female - from the woods behind Courts Plus, detectives say they are still pursuing leads.

The skeletal remains were recently shipped to North Texas State University for DNA testing and America's Most Wanted added a composite sketch of what forensic specialists believe the woman's face looked like to its Web site in March.

When the skeleton was found in 1995, police named her Jane Doe in case number 95-7000. Her case is the Jacksonville Police Department's only open investigation of an unidentified body.

An artist's rendition of her eyes stare at Jacksonville police Capt. Gary Dixon every day. A framed copy of her sketch sits on Dixon's office bookshelf directly across from his desk, almost at eye level when he is sitting down.

Dixon said he wants the sketch there to remind him "day in and day out, she still does not have a name."

In 2003, Sgt. Wesley Neville, a forensic sketch artist with the Florence County, S.C., sheriff's department, designed a face for Jane Doe 95-7000, police said.

A forensic anthropologist and a medical examiner had determined Jane Doe 95-7000 was a white woman about 5 feet, 6 inches tall between the ages of 32 and 38, police files state.

Neville molded a face around the dips and contours of the bare skull to give detectives a better idea of what Jane Doe 95-7000 looked like when she was alive. The procedure cost only $100. Police were pointed toward Neville after contacting the Discovery Channel, all according to 2003 news reports.

Logical assumptions

While very little is known about Jane Doe 95-7000, authorities have drawn some logical conclusions based on the existing physical evidence.

Authorities have not ruled out foul play, but the woman's death has not been ruled a homicide since her skull and other bones show no overt sign of injury.
The woman had extensive dental work, which should mean a dental record exists somewhere.
The forensic artist gave her brown hair because a strand of brown hair was found near her skeleton.
Running down the leads

Some subway tokens, a motel room key, white Nike tennis shoes - not much to go on when trying to identify someone, but detectives say they have made the most of the clues available.

The skeleton had been in the woods for less than two years, said Dr. Charles Garrett, Onslow County's medical examiner.

"To corroborate that, we tracked the origin of the Nikes and found they were manufactured in that timeframe," Dixon said.

Investigators checked hotels in the area before finding the match to the key found with Jane Doe 95-7000. No one was registered to the room at the time she would have gone missing, and nothing was recorded as being left in the room at the time, police said.

Detectives also rounded up all the known prostitutes working in Jacksonville at the time Jane Doe 95-7000 would have vanished. None of them were missing, Dixon said.

Detectives determined the subway tokens found near the skeleton were issued by the New York Transit Authority. Two years ago, the Police Department requested the State of New York include the sketch of Jane Doe 95-7000 in its tax booklets.

"Every taxpayer in New York got a chance to see her face because the tax booklets were mailed out and circulated throughout the entire state," Dixon said.

All that remains

When the remains were found at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6, 1995, Jacksonville police converged on the scene and began to take an inventory of exactly what they had: a female skeleton, a red sweat shirt, black jeans, the white Nike tennis shoes.

Animals had scattered some of the bones, but found near the body were a pair of eyeglasses, the hotel key, some loose change, the subway tokens and jewelry. Police originally did not identify the jewelry for investigative purposes, but it was eventually said to be an 18-inch gold necklace, a set of gold hoop earrings and two gold bracelets.

Dixon has a box full of dental records in his office he has collected over the years; none of them match Jane Doe 95-7000.

Crime Stoppers of Onslow County is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to a positive identification of Jane Doe 95-7000 or an arrest if her death is ruled a homicide. People with information can contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Callers do not have to reveal their identities.

Next time The Daily News looks at the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found aboard Camp Lejeune in December 1980. Anyone with information about Cathrine A. McFadden is asked to call The Daily News at 910-554-8534.

Contact crime reporter Lindell Kay at or 910-554-8534. Read Lindell's blog at

monkalup - July 30, 2008 07:39 PM (GMT)

Cases kept warm
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June 22, 2008 - 12:27AM
When detectives with the Jacksonville Police Department say they keep cold case homicide files "within arms length," they are not speaking figuratively.

Each cold case file is kept in boxes or a filing cabinet in Lt. Patrick Traitor's office in the detective division at the police department.

And at least one file can be found open on Capt. Gary Dixon's desk at any given time.

"I review cold case homicides constantly," he said Friday. "I'm aware of the facts and circumstances of all the cold cases we have."

Dixon said major reviews of cold cases are mostly lead driven, however different detectives are assigned to review different cases on a yearly basis and more often when time permits.

"This is the only way that you can have objective evaluations of the cases to determine if things were missed during the initial investigation that need to be followed up on now," Dixon said.

Since leads dry up quickly in a homicide investigation, a majority of the time cold case detectives are limited to reading through the files, researching possible connections and re-interviewing witnesses if they are available, Dixon said.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Department takes a similar approach to looking at cold cases.

"Some puzzles take longer to see how the pieces fit together," said Sheriff's Capt. Rick Sutherland.When a case is exhausted of leads, detectives look at another one, he said.

"We try not to have more cases open than we have resources," Sutherland said.

The Daily News has featured nine so far in a special cold case series. The following is a recap of those cases:

Bruce Edwards Meyers, 59, disappeared June 1, 1974. His body was removed from a tributary off the Intracoastal Waterway behind what is now Herrings Outdoor Sports at 701 N. New River Drive on July 20 of that year.

Meyers, a fry cook at Barnacle Bill's Pier, could not swim, and investigators said the people who remember him said Meyers would never go near the water.

The Surf City Police Department recently received information from a former resident who said the drowning was not accidental.

Brian Bogle was found stabbed to death in his taxi Nov. 12, 1986.

His cab was parked in front of Brynn Marr Village Apartments at Village Drive and Pine Valley Road. He still had his wallet, watch, wedding ring and fare money when his body was discovered.

Bogle, a native of New York, was a Navy veteran who had been stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Marine Staff Sgt. Andre Bullen, 26, and Nigel Bullen, 23, were shot multiple times with an assault rifle in September 2005 when they entered their Hunters Ridge Drive home.

The double-homicide was gang-related, investigators said.

The Bullens' roommate, Leslee Calixte, an active-duty Marine at the time, remains a person of interest in the case.

Sharon Sager, 34, Tyler Dash, 13, and Connie Smith, 12, were found with their throats slit in base housing aboard Camp Lejeune in 1981.

Federal investigators say they know who killed the three family members, but a series of jurisdictional technicalities prevented them from ever prosecuting their suspect - Carlton "Butch" Smith, a relative of the three victims who was 15 years old at the time.

However, reporters who covered the case as it unfolded say there was evidence that suggested someone else committed the grisly homicides - a bearded man who military authorities looked for, but never found.

Jane Doe in case 95-7000, an unidentified female skeleton, was found by a surveyor in 1995 in the woods behind Courts Plus on Marine Boulevard.

Jacksonville police have not ruled out foul play as the cause of death, but the woman's death has not been ruled a homicide since her skull and other bones show no overt sign of injury.

Found with the skeleton were some subway tokens, a motel room key, white Nike tennis shoes, a pair of eyeglasses, a red sweat shirt, black jeans, and some jewelry.

Katherine McFadden, 18, was found dead, her body badly decomposed and wrapped in a mattress pad aboard Camp Lejeune in November 1980.

McFadden dropped out of school during her senior year to go to work on Court Street as a prostitute. She returned to school and graduated, but returned to Court Street during the summer of 1980.

The NCIS Cold Case Unit is evaluating the possibility of reactivating the investigation after inquiries and information from The Daily News, said Paul O'Donnell, a spokesman for NCIS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Shannon Clegg, 16, and Detric Howard, 20, were found dead in Howard's mobile home on Lake Cole Road in 1999.

A cold case investigation into the double homicide led detectives with the Sheriff's Department to the leader of a major drug trafficking operation. Jonathan Wilson is serving nine years in prison after a 2004 conviction for running a continued criminal enterprise.

Detectives obtained a taped confession from Wilson, but prosecutors say the recording is too distorted to be used in court.

Princess Ann Allen was shot and killed on a street behind the Jacksonville Police Department in January 1993.

Police saw a compact silver-colored car leave the scene.

Allen was believed to be a prostitute working the downtown bus station at the time. Investigators said there are people in Jacksonville who know what happened to her.

Crime Stoppers of Onslow County is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest in any of the preceding cold cases. Anyone with information can call 910-938-3273. Callers do not have to reveal their identities.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Department can be reached at 910-455-3113. The Jacksonville Police Department can be reached at 910-455-4000. The Surf City Police Department can be reached at 910-328-7711. NCIS can be reached at 910-451-8071.

Contact crime reporter Lindell Kay at or 910-554-8534. Read Lindell's blog at

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mimi - December 18, 2012 05:19 AM (GMT)

Police investigate killer's possible connection to cold case
Matthew Lorne Alder

By By LINDELL KAY - Daily News Staff

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM.
Police in Jacksonville, Havelock 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.

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.

“Currently the Jane Doe 95-7000 investigation is an open investigation,” he said. “We have and continue to follow up on (credible) leads in this case over the past decade and will follow up on any new leads that come to our attention. At this time, I cannot answer any question pertaining to this case as it may hinder the open investigation.”

Jane Doe 95-7000 — named so because her discovery was the 7,000th case the JPD opened in 1995 — 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.

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 told The Daily News.

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 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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