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Jogger Found Strangled in Howard Beach Marshland, Police Say

(DNAINFO) Kathleen Culliton and Trevor Kapp | August 3, 2016 — Karina Vetrano, 30, left for a jog Tuesday in Gateway National Park and never returned, police said.

The body of a Howard Beach woman was found strangled Tuesday night near Gateway National Park after her father called police when she failed to return home from her evening jog, police said.

Karina Vetrano, 30, was found face-down in the marshland area near 161st Avenue and 78th Street about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Investigators said they are also looking into signs of sexual assault.

The St. John’s University grad, who as last seen leaving her home on 84th Street near 165th Avenue to run in the park, was reported missing at 7 p.m. by her father, a former firefighter, police said.

Vetrano was an active jogger who ran regularly with her father, who had asked her not to run without him on the path where her body was found, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

“If you’re a runner, you understand, you run every night,” said Boyce. “So she went and she said she’d be all right.”

She had been texting a friend during her run when she suddenly stopped responding to messages from her friend and several phone calls from her father, Boyce said.

The father contacted a police chief who lived in the area and he called 911 and initiated a search for the missing woman, said Boyce.

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