Karina Vetrano was found dead in the bushes after she left for a jog. She was known for her routine and her father would often join her. Ignoring his warning not to go down a certain direction on her jog, she did on this fateful day. Karina was in the middle of texting when she got attacked.
People, know your surroundings, don’t have a routine and stay alert. Be safe!
A Queens woman was found slain in a marshy area near Howard Beach after she went out for her evening jog Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.
Karina Vetrano, 30, was reported missing by her father when she didn’t return from her regular run along the Belt Parkway’s bike path at about 5 p.m., according to the sources.
Shortly after her worried dad, a retired firefighter, called 911, police found the body of the St. John’s University graduate in the high-weeded area off 165th Avenue and 78th Street at about 10:30 p.m., the sources said.
Sources said a cause of death has not been determined, but she appeared to have been strangled and her jogging pants were pulled partway down.
Vetrano’s father, who neighbors say retired from the FDNY on disability, was called to the crime scene as sobbing neighbors gathered outside his home on 84th Street.
Even before the remains were identified as Vetrano’s, neighbors feared the worst. One young girl on the block collapsed in tears as police investigators descended on the neighborhood.
“She had a routine jog,” one neighbor said, describing Vetrano as a “pretty girl.”