More than a month after the murder of jogger Karina Vetrano, new surveillance video and a photo documenting the moments prior to her brutal death have been released. A video camera near Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach, Queens, captured the 30-year-old woman running on Aug. 2 at 5:46 p.m., Pix 11 reported Monday. The clip and image were obtained by the television program “Crime Watch Daily.”
Vetrano was reported missing when she failed to return home from her afternoon jog. Worried about his daughter, Phil Vetrano contacted a friend who was also a member of the New York Police Department and went searching for her. The jogger's body was found later that evening by her father and officers about 15 feet from the Spring Creek Park lying face down with her pants pulled down.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce described the appearance of Vetrano’s body when she was found to “Crime Watch Daily.” "She also had bruising on her body, we believe from being dragged through those woods," he said.
He explained weeds were found in her hands. "She was grabbing onto anything she could at that point," he said.
The NYPD released a sketch of a man about two weeks ago who may be able to provide some information about the slain jogger. The man in the sketch is not a suspect but could have witnessed the deadly attack, police said. Boyce previously told the media that the individual who is described as having a gaunt face was seen by several people and a utility worker on the day Vetrano was killed.
Some Howard Beach residents created a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise reward money for information leading to the arrest of Vetrano’s murderer. With the goal of $400,000, the community has managed to raise more than $272,000 so far from more than 3,900 donors.