FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) - Twenty years after a young Muskegon County woman died, her family heard the man responsible admit to murder.
Wanda Musk, who was raised in Twin Lake, was last seen alive in November 1993 at the convenience store where she worked as she was attending college in Flint. She was raped and murdered, and her naked body was found on the side of the road in nearby Genesee Township. She was 19.
Detectives followed leads for years, trying to crack the case. Finally, last year, their big break came from a prison.
Matthew Alder, 42, was charged with the crime in September 2012 after his DNA was matched to the case. He was already in prison after being convicted of a 1994 Macomb County murder.
In a Genesee County courtroom Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Musk's death.
Musk's aunt and uncle Carol and Ron Mast, who helped raise her, say it made a difference to see Alder for the first time in person Wednesday and hear him admit to the murder.
"There's not doubt in my mind that he is the one that did it. When he stood there and said what he did and that he did it, there will never be a doubt in my mind that they have the right man in prison," Carol said.
The Associated Press is reporting Alder will be sentenced to between 20 and 30 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. That's on top of the life sentence he was already serving for the 1994 murder.
"I don't think we'll ever get closure, but we feel much, much better," Ron said.
The state finally collected Alder's DNA after a Target 8 investigation found that prisons were waiting to take inmates' DNA until they were being released, potentially allowing cases to remain unsolved while suspects stayed behind bars. The state changed the law after that investigation aired, requiring DNA collection in prisons.
"We need to do it. It's great. It's wonderful and I'm glad your station started this and went through it," Ron said.
More than 70 cases of varying types -- including Musk's -- were solved with DNA collected under the new law.
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