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Howard Beach's Karina Vetrano (inset) was found dead inside Gateway National Recreational Park after being reported missing on Aug. 2.

A 30-year-old Howard Beach woman who didn’t come home from her jog was found dead in a local park Tuesday night, according to police.

Karina Vetrano, 30, of 84th Street was reported as missing to the 106th Precinct by her father at about 6:58 p.m. on Aug. 2. Authorities said she was last seen alive at 5 p.m. that day, leaving her residence to go for a run in the area of Gateway National Recreational Area.


During a search of the surrounding area, officers discovered Vetrano’s body in a marshy area of the park in the vicinity of 161st Avenue and 78th Street, about a half-mile away from her home. Paramedics responding to the scene pronounced Vetrano dead.

An initial police report noted that there was “no obvious signs of trauma,” but in a DNA Info report, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Wednesday that there was evidence that Vetrano was strangled and possibly sexually assaulted. When contacted by QNS, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed Boyce’s remarks.

Vetrano’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

The New York Daily News reported that Vetrano worked as a caterer at nearby Vetro’s on Cross Bay Boulevard and had graduated last year from St. John’s University with a master’s degree.

An investigation is ongoing.


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justin taipe August 03, 2016 / 07:03PM
So sad I live in ozone park and visit Howard beach often. There is too much crimes that are happening in our area lately! We need to be extra cautious with new faces and keep a eye out for your neighbors friends and family. I'm reading everyday now more and more crimes happening in queens and it makes me very concerned. I'm going to start to be more active in my community and attend neighborhood meetings. Ozone park sends its love to Howard beach. Forever
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Tea Dean August 03, 2016 / 23:25PM
I agree! I have lived in Ozone Park since I was 11 years old. I am now 32. There has been a lot of crime and crazy incidents occurring! Shootings, burglaries, etc... I have two small daughters and loved growing up out here.... but we are considering leaving NYC altogether! My condolences to the family of this lady!

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