10 December 2019

Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
State Police in Troop K continue to investigate the homicide of eighteen-year-old Clinton Leroy Elting III of the city of Poughkeepsie, NY.  On July 22, 1987, State Police found the remains of Elting in the roadside brush off Cardinal Road in the town of Hyde Park.
Clinton Elting’s death was ruled a homicide with several gunshot wounds found to the victim’s head.
Events leading up to the murder of Elting began in the city of Poughkeepsie, and resulted in his murder in Hyde Park.  Elting was found wearing matching Bermuda flower pattern shorts and shirt containing bright red, violet, black, green, and white in the pattern.  He also was wearing black sneakers with white laces.
July 18, 1987, was also the same night Rodney Pittmen “Dula,” was shot and wounded in the town of Poughkeepsie.
The State Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance to solve this homicide and bring peace to Clinton and his family.
Anyone with information relating to this investigation or the events surround Elting’s murder on July 18, 1987, are asked to please contact Investigator Winn at (845) 677-7300.  Please reference case #3010058.

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