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Elderly woman’s murder remains unsolved one year later

OKLAHOMA CITY – Evelyn Goodall spent most of her time at her home on northwest 20th and Grand.

On July 7, 2013 Evelyn was killed after home intruders cut through her back door and brutally beat her.

Former neighbor Arthur Gaines said, “A very fine person, just a lovely lady, and it’s just a tragedy someone did that to her.”

Unfortunately this wasn’t the first encounter Goodall had with intruders.

There were two separate invasions prior to the one that eventually killed her.

“The first time they came in through the restroom and just took toiletry stuff,” said neighbor Frank Herndon. “The second time they came through the front door.  The third time they cut their way into this back door. She`s 90-something years old I believe and she just can`t hear it.”

Neighbors actually believe it was the thick vegetation surrounding her home that made her an easy target.

“The foliage she had definitely separated, but it was her own little nature garden,” Gaines said. “It was a bird sanctuary. She loved the animals.”

Her family says they still call the OKC Police Department every two months hoping for an answer.

While the case remains unsolved, friends know Evelyn is a guardian angel now, looking down on their quiet neighborhood.

“There’s another good soul in heaven,” Gaines said.

Goodall was able to give police a vague description of her attacker.

He is a tall, thin, white man. If you have any information on the suspect call police.

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