Karina Vetrano, who was murdered at Howard Beach, Queens on August 3.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 18, 2016, 6:05 PM
The father of a jogger murdered near her Queens home said Thursday that he believes police are close to catching her killer, but the city’s top cop was more circumspect about the case.
Speaking at a news conference, the parents of Karina Vetrano — who was raped and killed in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach on Aug. 2 — said they felt the hunt for the 30-year-old’s killer would come to an end in “a matter of days.”
“There is progress in the case. We have a number of very, very strong leads and there are a few suspects that are very interesting to the police,” her dad, Philip Vetrano, said.
Detectives at the crime scene in Howard Beach on August 9.
(Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)
Even so, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday that detectives still have no suspects in her killing.
“We have no suspects. We are not close to an arrest. We need the public’s assistance finding a potential suspect that might lead to an arrest. I certainly feel for the family of this young woman,” he said.
Caterer Karina Vetrano, 30, of Queens, was strangled to death and sexually abused in a Howard Beach park after heading out on her nightly run.
(New York Daily News)
“We would like to have a resolution for the family, but we cannot provide that at this time. We do not have a suspect. We are not close to an arrest not having a suspect.”
Philip Vetrano made a plea to a woman he described as the murderer’s relative.
The victim’s parents Philip and Cathie Vetrano in front of their house on Thursday.
“We know there is a family member of the killer that we need for them to come forward, to finalize this very quickly, and she is in great distress,” he told reporters. “We know she wants to make that call. We’re pleading with her to make that call, because the money is there. I guarantee the money, and if she waits any longer, someone else is going to claim that funds. So the time is now to make that call and get that money.” The police have posted a $ 25,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest and conviction, and Vetrano’s family has collected donations through a GoFundMe.com page to boost that amount by more than $ 250,000.