An arrest for the death of a jogger in the Queens borough of New York City has so far eluded police, which recently raised its reward from $10,000 to $25,000 for any information that could lead to the capture and prosecution of the killer of Karina Vetrano. The 30-year-old woman was found dead Aug. 2 in the Howard Beach neighborhood.
Since her death, the tight knit community has come together to raise reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case. A GoFundMe page was started three weeks ago in Vetrano's honor and has managed to bring in more than $260,000. Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his office would be offering an additional $10,000, according to Pix 11. The total reward has now increased to $300,000.
Vetrano was reported missing after she failed to return home from her afternoon jog. Her body was later found by her father and officers about 15 feet from the running trail that is a part of Spring Creek Park near the Belt Parkway. The victim was lying face down with her pants pulled down. Authorities believe that although she was strangled and possibly sexually assaulted, she put up a fight against her attacker.
According to CBS New York, Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said authorities have not recovered any video of the perpetrator entering or leaving the Howard Beach side of the running trail. Police have moved on to investigating the west side of the trail.
Despite Phil and Cathy Vetrano’s hope for the police to bring their daughter's assailant to justice quickly, authorities have admitted that they are not close to finding a suspect. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton 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.”
Anyone with information regarding Vetrano’s murder is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).