Denver police solve 1997 murder of elderly woman in Crestmoor home

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DENVER -- The Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office announced Friday it has solved the 1997 murder of Surle Goldfogel in Denver's Crestmoor neighborhood.

Police say Jonathan Clinton, who died in 2003, committed the murder of the then-67-year-old Goldfogel in the early-morning hours of Jan. 25, 1997. Clinton would have been 20 at the time of the murder.

Goldfogel, whose husband Leon had owned Ace Mercantile Co. and died in 1995, was a community leader in the Jewish community and volunteered at Rose Medical Center.

She was living alone on South Jasmine Street when she was attacked. Goldfogel was returning from the grocery store when it appeared she walked in on a robber, who then beat her to death, then stole a jewelry box and other items.

Denver Police said they received a tip that led them to Clinton. His mother knew about the crime and provided an alibi in the first part of the investigation, and she didn't come forward until she was questioned by a detective.

The statute of limitations have expired and she will not be charged for her role in the cover-up.

In a statement read by police, the Goldfogel family said "18 years is a brutally long time to live with the pain and uncertainty," but they thanked law enforcement for continuing to work on the case and to bring closure.

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