Man charged in 1998 murder

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been arrested for the 1998 murder of a woman at an Anchorage mental health clinic.

Anchorage police said Alexander Eckhardt, 25, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Elouise Payne. He was being held at the Anchorage jail on $100,000 bail.

Investigators said Eckhardt murdered Payne on Sept. 26, 1998 in the Mental Health Consumers of Alaska Clubhouse. The building served as a gathering place to provide support for those with mental illnesses.

Police did not say what led to Eckhardt's arrest four years after the crime.

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