Still No Arrest in April 2023 Double Homicide, Reward at $32,600

By The Denver North Star staff

The Denver Police Department (DPD) has made no arrests a full year after the lives of Emerall Vaughn-Dahler and Ignacio Gutierrez Morales were taken in the April 24, 2023, double homicide at a popular eatery on West 38th Avenue near Raleigh Street.

According to DPD, investigators have reached out to numerous neighbors and over 200 people who were current or former employees of the restaurant. DPD encourages any who were not contacted to reach out by calling 720-913-STOP (7867).

DPD said that by state statute, a case becomes a cold case after a year, and that cold case status doesn’t change the investigative process or the assigned detectives working on it.

Anyone with information pertinent to the case should contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or www.metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. The reward fund has increased several times since May 2023 and now stands at $32,600.

Through May 24, American Elm will donate a percentage of all food and beverage sales to Colorado-based gun violence prevention nonprofits.

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