A New York City woman was murdered while on a jog.
Daily Mail reported that Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old caterer and fitness fanatic, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death while jogging less than a mile away from her home.
Her father, Phil, reported her missing after 5 p.m., when she did not return home from her workout. He, along with police, found her body with her pants pulled down hidden in marsh in Howard Beach in Queens.
Police officers had found her cellphone near a bicycle path. Those who live nearby confirmed that “hobos and bums” congregate in the bushes just off of the path. Vetrano’s father had previously urged her not to run on it.
“If the weeds were not that tall, we would have seen the girl jogging on the path… You can grab that girl, and we wouldn’t know it,” a man who described himself as only John explained.
Usually, the father and daughter go running together, but a recent injury prevented him from joining her.
Police are believed to have questioned two homeless people who live in the area of the attack, but they have yet to make any arrests.
“Right now we’re investigating anybody who uses this park,” Robert Boyce, NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, said.
According to her Instagram page, Vetrano described herself as a “thrill seeker” and a “day dreamer.” According to her neighbors, Vetrano received her master’s degree from St. John’s University in 2015 and worked as a caterer at the Vetro Lounge in Howard Beach.
The investigation is ongoing.