The body of a 30-year-old jogger who went missing was found in a marsh less than a mile away from her home in Queens, New York. Police believe she was murdered.
Karina Vetrano was found after authorities began a massive search. When police found her, her pants were pulled down, leading them to believe that she was sexually assaulted. Vetrano also had wounds consistent with strangling, the New York Daily News reported.
The young woman’s cell phone was found near a bike path, and her body was found closer to the shoreline. John, a neighbor, told the New York Post that her father often told her not to go jogging in the weeded area near where her body was discovered.
“They found her phone over here [on the path] ... If these weeds weren’t this high, we would have seen her,” John said, reported the New York Post. He added that “all girls know not to walk along these weeds.”
Vetrano was working as a caterer at Vetro Lounge in Howard Beach at the time of her death, and was described on her Instagram page as a “thrill seeker” and a “day dreamer.”
“I can't believe this.. I am sick to my stomach,” a friend wrote in an Instagram tribute. “My friend after 20 years! Karina i will miss u sooo much. My heart is broken.. My deepest condolences to the Vetrano family, what a shame to happen to such great people."
“Young and talented,” another friend wrote. “Had a whole life ahead of you. I'm so sick to my stomach. Rest in peace."
NYPD officials told WPIX that Vetrano had “no obvious signs of trauma” when her body was discovered. Her father, a retired FDNY official, was one of the search team members to find her body.
In a recent Instagram post celebrating her father’s 60th birthday, Vetrano described him as her “hero.”
“I’m so blessed to have a father I can call my best friend,” she wrote in the post.