Alabama authorities have charged an Elmore County man with murder in connection with the death of his missing ex-wife, whose remains were found last March in Conecuh National Forest with a bullet hole between the eyes.
Kimberly “Starr” Mulder, 53, was last seen in June 11, 2016, according to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office. Hers was one of just four open missing persons cases in the county.
She was said to have been picked up from the home she shared with her ex in Wetumpka for a 90-mile drive to Birmingham for medical treatment, authorities said at the time. But she never made it there.
Then forest workers found human remains dumped in the woods 130 miles away while doing a controlled burn last year. Forensic investigators confirmed them as Mulder’s last week, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
The ex-husband, Thomas Whitehurst, has been a person of interest since Mulder’s disappearance, according to the sheriff.
Investigators allegedly found Mulder’s blood in Whitehurst’s vehicle and garage at the time – but without the body they were hesitant to try the case, Franklin told AL.com.
“He knew he was the significant part of the puzzle the first go-round and he had been told by the investigator that the next time we came to see him, we’d probably have an arrest warrant for murder — and that’s exactly what happened,” he told the news outlet.