Unknown Karina Vetrano Killer- New York- 2016 (ARREST!) Aug 5, 2016 0:03:47 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 5, 2016 0:03:47 GMT -5
From NBC New York:
The 30-year-old woman whose strangled body was found in a Queens marsh after she went for a run was attacked at random and sexually assaulted, NYPD officials said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the department believes there is a "severe community threat" after the killing of Karina Vetrano, who left her Howard Beach home to run near Gateway National Park Tuesday afternoon and never came home. The department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Boyce, who previously said the circumstances of the killing were "extraordinarily rare," confirmed that Vetrano had been sexually assaulted in the attack, but that she "put up a ferocious fight right until the end."
"She was beaten quite severely which suggests she put up a good fight," he said.
Boyce also said that Vetrano sent a text to a friend during the run, but it's not clear what the message was about.
Vetrano normally ran with her father at the time she left Tuesday, but he didn't accompany her that day, police have said. When Vetrano didn't return, he called 911 to report her missing and a search was organized.
Hours later, Vetrano's body was discovered in a marsh near the Belt Parkway bike path. Boyce said pings from her cellphone led cops to the weedy area near 161st Avenue and 78th Street, where Vetrano was found face down, her hands balled up, clutching the weeds surrounding her.
The woman's father, a retired firefighter, was among the first to find her body.
The running path is alongside a secluded, overgrown marsh at the edge of Jamaica Bay. It is part of a much longer network of paths ringing the bay that get a lot of use from cyclists and runners. The section where Vetrano's body was found is often bypassed by people using the longer routes.
Parks officials say they are looking into increasing patrols in light of Vetrano's death. Currently, a two-person patrol watches over all the federal parkland in Queens and Brooklyn. Officials said they are also cutting the weeds.
"You never know what's in those weeds," said one resident. "I would say it's dangerous."
The young woman worked as a caterer for RV Rooftop at Vetro, which said in an Instagram post it would be closed Wednesday to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance. She was a world traveler and aspiring writer, and on her blog, she wrote about her life: "It's chaotic and unpredictable, but I do believe that on some days, it's quite beautiful, in all its poetic little tragedies."
No arrests have been made in the case, and authorities are reviewing digital evidence from the park.
Anyone with information about Vetrano's death should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Thoughts? Karina's horrific murder has received national attention so I would like to address two comments I see from Facebook/Internet posters annoying me:
1. A lot of people jumped to conclusions and said the father should be considered the suspect right away. I remember this when a member of my family was murdered. I saw the article had a comments section and I hesitantly read it when I should have known better. Everyone accused my family member's husband of murder simply because he found her body. It turned out later he had nothing to do with it. Yes this website profiles wanted fugitives who let's face it are more often guilty than not but I'm a big believer in innocence until proven guilty as well. The fact that police now say it was a sexual assault should squash any comments otherwise. My heart aches enough for her father who was said to be extremely close with his daughter and the two did everything together. A parent should never have to bury their child let alone one they were so close to. He doesn't need those comments on top of everything else.
2. Once again there's victim blaming with many people saying Karina shouldn't have went out at night. Her father usually jogged with her but his back hurt that night. But instead of telling women not to jog at night, what about telling men to not rape and murder women? There's one person at fault here and that is whoever the s.o.b. is that murdered this beautiful girl and loving daughter.
I realize part of our site is also to discuss crime cases and give our theories as well. But I had to get those two thoughts off my chest. I also fear whoever attacked Karina may became a serial predator if not caught soon.
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