The New York Police Department released a sketch of a man they want to talk to in the murder of jogger Katrina Vetrano.
Robert Boyce, the chief of detectives for the NYPD, released the sketch on August 31. See it here:
New York police have a suspect in custody in the murder of slain jogger Karina Vetrano.
The suspect was identified as Chanel Lewis, 20, and he was criminally charged. You can read more about Lewis here.
At the time the sketch was released, Boyce said the unidentified man in the sketch was not a suspect or person of interest at this time in the slaying of the Queens jogger. However, he wrote on Twitter that police want to talk to the man.
“We are seeking to speak to the male in this sketch about the murder of #KarinaVetrano. Please call #800577TIPS,” he wrote.
The New York Daily News said the man, “who is not believed to be the killer, was seen coming out of the weeds at Spring Creek Park near the Belt Parkway around the time Vetrano was killed on August 2.”
“We want to speak to this person because we feel that he was there,” Boyce said Wednesday, according to The Daily News. “He is not a subject. He is not even a POI (person of interest).”
People Magazine said Boyce described the man as “roughly 5-foot-10 with a medium build. He was seen wearing a red T-shirt, dark pants and a wool hat.”
Boyce said, according to Pix 11: “We don’t know who he is. We don’t know if he’s a fellow jogger.” The man, who was seen by a utility worker who gave the description of him to police, was wearing a wool hat, which police consider unusual since Vetrano disappeared August 2, which was a hot day, said PIX 11.
Vetrano was murdered and possibly sexually assaulted as she jogged in a secluded area of New York. Her father, Phil Vetrano, has previously said that he thought a suspect would be found soon in his daughter’s death. However, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had dampened that speculation, saying an arrest was not imminent.
Police have said they have DNA in the case but no match. People Magazine says the DNA was recovered from Vetrano’s phone, neck and under her fingernails.
Vetrano was the second east coast jogger to be murdered in the span of about a week in early August. Vanessa Marcotte, a Google employee from New York, was found dead in Princeton, New York.
Authorities there have said they have no reason to suspect that the Marcotte and Vetrano deaths are related, but the Marcotte death also remains unsolved.
Vetrano’s parents and community members in the Howard Beach neighborhood where she lived have started a Go Fund Me site in the case. Phil Vetrano, who found his daughter’s body, has made the unusual step of offering the killer the money to give his family if he confesses. The site has raised over $267,000.