No one seems to wants justice for the murder of Queens jogger, Karina Vetrano, more than her father. But it looks like despite his high hopes, Phil Vetrano won’t be receiving it anytime soon. According to the New York Daily News, even though the patriarch is confident that authorities will find the killer soon, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says they are not even close.
During a news conference, Karina Vetrano’s parents revealed that they believe that it would only be a “matter of days” before the hunt for the killer comes to an end. The victim’s father explained that the police have strong leads and that there are several suspects that the authorities are interested in.
However, Bratton denied that there has been progress in the case. He told the media, "We have no suspects. We are not close to an arrest. We need the public's assistance finding a potential suspect that might lead to an arrest. I certainly feel for the family of this young woman.”
Karina Vetrano’s body was found Aug. 2 after her father reported her missing. The 30-year-old went for a jog along a running trail that is a part of Spring Creek Park near the Belt Parkway. Vetrano was found by her father and police lying face down with her pants pulled down. Authorities believe that she was strangled and possibly sexually assaulted.
Phil Vetrano pleaded to what was described as a female family member of the murderer to turn the individual in. In his plea, the victim’s father told the women to come forward because there is a reward waiting for her and that the longer she takes, the more she risks losing out on the money to someone else.
The Howard Beach community created a GoFundMe page to add to the police reward of $25,000 for information leading to the killer’s arrest. The Karina Vetrano Memorial Reward Fund page has managed to raise more than $250,000.