A Queens woman never came home after going out for a jog on the night of August 2. Hours after being reported missing, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was found dead in marshland. Authorities believe that she was murdered and sexually assaulted, reports the New York Daily News. The newspaper, quoting sources, says that Vetrano was "discovered deep in the marshes near 161st Ave. and 78th St" and that she had been "strangled." Vetrano was found with her pants pulled down.
One of Vetrano's neighbors told NBC New York about his shock at the killing. "I feel bad for the parents. She went jogging inside the trail and she never returned home. Something like this, it's so close by. It's really a shock," the man said. The station reports that an autopsy is still pending on Vetrano.
Another neighbor, identified as John, told the Daily News that vagrants live close to where Vetrano had been jogging. He said, "I hear there's a couple of shanty houses out there." The newspaper adds that Vetrano's father, retired FDNY firefighter Philip Vetrano, was active in the search for his daughter.
Here are the photos that help to celebrate the life of Karina Vetrano, a life that was ended far too soon: