Focus on jogger’s murder helps cops solve 1995 cold case

Maria Isabel Pinto Monteiro Alves.

(Phillip Messing/NY The cold-case murder of a Central Park jogger in 1995 has finally been solved — thanks to renewed interest after the slaying of Howard Beach runner Karina Vetrano, The Post has learned.

Brazilian immigrant Maria Isabel Pinto Monteiro Alves, 44, was training for the New York City Marathon when she was savagely beaten around 6 a.m. on Sept. 17, 1995, near East Drive and 103rd Street.

Then, on Aug. 2, 2016, Vetrano, 30, was killed in eerily similar circumstances in Queens.

Vetrano’s case prompted NYPD Lt. David Nilsen to take a fresh look at the Alves file, he told The Post on Tuesday.

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