NYPD solves 1995 cold case murder of Central Park jogger, eerily similar to Karina Vetrano case
NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX) — The lieutenant in charge of the NYPD's cold case squad called 86-year-old Lida Pinto Machado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday.
He told her he had some information about the fatal 1995 beating of her daughter, Maria, who was jogging in Central Park and training for the New York City Marathon on Sept. 17 of that year.
"I basically explained we know who's responsible for her daughter's death and she got excited," Lt. David Nilsen, commanding officer of cold case squad told PIX11 Wednesday. "I then explained that person had passed away some time ago."
Perhaps not the full closure the grieving mother was hoping for but the development formally calls the now-deceased suspect Aldolpho Martinez the killer of Maria Isabel Pinto Monteiro Alves, 44.
Martinez was a drifter who collected cans and had previous arrests, including one for rape. He had been living in an SRO not far from the site where Alves was killed.
Maria Isabel Pinto Monteiro Alves, was killed while jogging in Central Park in 1995. It's a case with eerie similarities to the slaying of Karina Vetrano, right, who was killed while jogging in Howard Beach, Queens.
Police said Alves was killed with a blunt object, possibly a pipe or baseball bat.
They said Martinez told people he'd seen Alves jogging previously and wanted to rob her Walkman music device.
"She didn't have it that day because it was raining heavy outside," Nilsen told PIX11 News. "He made direct statements to multiple people to implicate himself in the murder."
Nilsen told PIX11 he was asked to re-investigate the case after the New York Post noted the similarities between the August 2016 beating death of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano and the 1995 slaying of Alves.
Both women were jogging in areas where vagrants were known to hang out. Both were physically fit and running alone.
But while police have a wealth of DNA evidence in Vetrano's still-unsolved rape and killing, they didn't have any useful DNA in the Alves case.
"There was no DNA involved. She was left in a shallow stream. Any DNA that was left on her would have been destroyed," Nilsen said.