A woman in a video may be able to help solve the summer death of a New York City jogger, the slain woman's father said this week. It has been more than two months since the body of Karina Vetrano was found in Howard Beach, Queens dragged off of the local Spring Creek Park running trail.
The woman on video was captured via a GoPro mobile helmet camera going towards Spring Creek Park on Aug. 2, the same day the Vetrano was found, Newsday reported Monday. The brief clip in question was filmed by a passing cyclist. Although the video does not show the woman entering the park, Vetrano's father believes that she followed the trail his daughter used to run. “Did you see anything?” Phil Vetrano asked of the woman who has yet to be identified.
In the video, the woman was said to be wearing a double ponytail and dressed in workout clothing. She headed into the same area where Katrina Vetrano was found dead, 20 minutes before the 30-year-old jogger made her final turn into the wooded area. “We need to talk to this person,” Phil Vetrano said.
On Monday, a friend of Karina Vetrano who was identified as Natasha, said that she and three other friends were shown a still frame of the video by New York Police Department detectives back in August. The group then asked to since the video in its entirety. “She [the woman] crossed the street and walked in the direction of [the Spring Creek] weeds and didn’t show any sign of stopping,” Natasha said.
This is the second potential witness in the case that may have seen or heard something the day of the murder. In late August, police released a sketch of a man described as having a gaunt face and wearing a dark wool hat. He was seen near the north end of Spring Creek Park where Vetrano would typically run. Neither the man in the sketch nor the woman in the video are considered suspects by police.
Vetrano was reported missing in early August after she failed to return home following her afternoon run. Her father then called the police who later found her body badly beaten and sexually assaulted. Anyone with information about Vetrano’s homicide should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.