Tuesday 28 February 2017

Murdered jogger's body was found by her father

Retired firefighter found his daughter's remains near New York bike path after she was sexually assaulted and strangled

Independent Newsdesk

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Phil Vetrano and Karina Vetrano
Phil Vetrano and Karina Vetrano
Karina Vetrano

A father discovered his daughter’s body after she was murdered and left on a remote path he had warned her against running on.

Karina Vetrano (30) was sexually assaulted and strangled to death in Howard Beach in Queens last Tuesday night, New York Police have revealed.

Karina Vetrano
Karina Vetrano

Ms Vetrano was a speech therapist and aspiring writer who shared images on social media of her trips around the world. 

Her father, Phil, a retired New York Fire Department who was working during 9/11, was with the New York police when his daughter's body was found.

Mr Vetrano couldn’t jog with his daughter because of a recent back injury.

However, he had warned her against running in the remote path that was known to be dangerous.

“Her father asked her not to run that path,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “If you’re a runner you understand that you run every night. That’s your routine, so she went and said she’d be all right.”

He’s traumatized,” a family friend said of Philip Vetrano (60). “This is too much for them.”

Phil Vetrano reported her missing at 5pm after she failed to return from her afternoon workout at Spring Creek Park, near the Belt Parkway.

Just two weeks ago, Ms Vetrano was in Nice, France, just hours before the terrorist attack that left 85 people dead.

Police are investigating whether a vagrant may have hit the 30-year-old over the head as she was running, then attacked her after she was rendered unconscious.

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