Neighbor charged in Affton woman’s death


Danijel Colic

An Affton man was taken into custody in Kentucky charged with first-degree murder Thursday for allegedly killing an Affton woman last month.

Danijel Colic, 23, of the 6700 block of Highland House Court in Affton, is being held on $1 million bond on one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the death of Joan Furlong, 65.

Police discovered Furlong’s body Sept. 22 at her house in the 8400 block of Hampstead Drive in Affton. Police had not previously said publicly how Furlong died, but they revealed Thursday that she had been stabbed multiple times.

Colic’s residence was near Furlong’s residence, and both were blocks away from Affton High School.

Furlong’s car, wallet and cell phone were missing from her house when her body was found. Her Jeep was picked up on surveillance footage at a gas station, driven by Colic, police said. He also attempted to use her credit card at that gas station.

When police found the Jeep later, they found Colic’s fingerprints inside. A witness told police that Colic had told him before Furlong was killed that Colic “knew a lady who he could kill to get money,” the St. Louis County Police Department stated in a news release.

County detectives are conducting the investigation.