24-year-old murder case revisited

Beth Ann Cameron (provided)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 1988 murder case of Beth Ann Cameron had gone cold, but now new evidence is being collected in hopes of solving the 24-year-old homicide.On January 1, 1988, the body of 24-year-old sailor, Beth Ann Cameron, was found in the woods off Crossroads Drive in North Charleston. Cameron was stationed nearby at the former Charleston Naval Base, assigned to the USS Holland submarine tender.Cameron was last seen at an apartment complex on December 17, 1987 after leaving her post on the ship.Now, 24 years later, North Charleston police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Cold Case Unit are collecting DNA samples from a number of people to compare against evidence collected at the crime scene. That evidence was just recently submitted to the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for touch DNA analysis (DNA left behind when someone is touched or brushed up against).

Investigators have also just learned that Cameron was affiliated with a North Charleston escort service called "Sugar & Spice." They believe former employees of the company as well as any former Navy personnel who served with Cameron on the USS Holland may know what happened to her.

Cameron's sister, Donna, has been very outspoken on the case. She disputes many findings made by investigators and questions if the body found was even her sister. In a documentary found in the Museum of Modern Art, Donna Cameron describes reports made by the North Charleston coroner back in 1988 and says that people on the USS Holland lied about Beth Ann's whereabouts while she was missing. In the documentary's script, Donna aruges the coroner report says the body was 5-foot-4 and had been dead for at least three weeks. Donna claims her sister was only 5-foot tall and had only been missing for two weeks at the most.Investigators are searching for those people who, while they had nothing to do with the murder, may have helpful details, perhaps even without realizing it, to assist in the investigation. {}Anyone with any information about this case should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.