A naked man who was found near the site where New York City jogger Karina Vetrano was murdered has volunteered to submit his DNA to police. The individual has been identified as Matthew Fox, Pix 11 reported Thursday.
New York police officers came across Fox Tuesday night while patrolling the deserted area following Vetrano’s death in the borough of Queens. The man was found nude and filthy, yelling about his genitals. In the midst of his rant, the 47-year-old man was heard saying, "the father did it and I have nothing to do with it!"
While it is unclear exactly what Fox was referring to, police have said that he is not a person of interest nor is he a suspect in the Vetrano murder. However, police cannot dismiss him from the investigation until his DNA is analyzed. An official reported that officers were briefly able to learn more information about Fox but the chat ended when he became agitated. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and public lewdness.
A Howard Beach resident contacted authorities after she heard screams coming from the marshy area, Newsday reported Wednesday. Fox is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time.
The 30-year-old jogger’s body was found Aug. 2 after being reported missing by her father, Phil Vetrano. Vetrano was dragged off a local running trail, badly beaten and sexually assaulted. Although DNA was found on her body, police have not been able to match it to any profiles in the federal and state databases.
The Karina Vetrano Go Fund Me page has now reached over $280,000 since it was first created on Aug. 9. Initially started to raise reward money for the capture of the person involved in the homicide Phil Vetrano is considering using the money to hire a private investigator.
Police say anyone with information about Vetrano’s homicide should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.