Police take murders seriously. Although not everyone gets solved, to the chagrin of the detectives, they do their best to get to the bottom of what happened to create a suspect list and hopefully find the killer. So after a body was found in a creek, a nearby man was interviewed and told reporters that the body was not someone he knew from town – but was probably a person passing through.
Because Matthew Haverly, lived across the street from where the body was found, he was an obvious person to interview. People wanted to know if he saw anything suspicious or knew who might have been.
During the interview with reporters, Haverly told them that it was sad that “someone’s mother” had died. It was the kind of pain he could empathize with.
Only a few hours later, the body of the deceased was identified. It was 60-year-old Patricia Haverly – Matthew’s mother.
After that fact was revealed, Haverly was charged with murder and locked behind bars. He probably thought he was going to get away with it after his clever interview with the press.
Patricia’s body was found on Thursday night in a creek in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. A UPS driver saw the body at 5:30 pm and when the call came in to report it, news crews gathered in the small rural town.
Haverly loved the media attention. He granted his interview and even provided a few theories that he hoped the police would follow – all because he knew what happened and expected to get the cops off his scent.
“I was driving out earlier. I saw all the state police out there. I was like ‘What’s going on?’” Haverly told WNEP. “Now I realize that’s what they were doing. I had no clue.”
Haverly thought the murder was “some kind of hit” or the result of gang violence.
He said, “Something went bad, and this is like a rural area, so they just wanted to plant the body somewhere else besides wherever the hell they were from.”
“It would be like a place where people from the city would want to put a body because most likely it wouldn’t be found.”
Besides his theories, he also found it in his heart to express some grief for whoever loved the victim.
“It’s sad to say that’s someone’s either daughter, mother, whatever, both, child,” he said.
To cover up his tracks, he spoke about how his mother would react to the killing in his neighborhood.
“I’m guessing my mother. She would be concerned. Probably a lot of the other neighbors would be concerned.”
Troopers later interviewed Haverly. And when he mentioned his mother, they knew something was up. And they decided that was enough evidence to charge him with murder.
The day after the body was found, Haverly was arrested. State police picked him up Friday. Besides killing his mother, he was also charged with abusing her corpse. The police are awaiting results of Patricia Haverly’s autopsy.
What do you think about Matthew Haverly’s brazenness?