Karina Vetrano from the surveillance footage moments before she was sexually assaulted and killed.
Karina Vetrano from the surveillance footage moments before she was sexually assaulted and killed.

A man was taken into custody as a suspect for the murder of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old jogger who was sexually assaulted, beaten and then murdered on August 2 last year while jogging in Howard beach. The investigators heavily emphasized on the DNA test results to identify the suspect who was found in Brooklyn. The forensic evidence was compared to the data gathered from 200 individuals and finally a DNA match was found.

The person whose DNA was a match was first interviewed on last Tuesday. He then volunteered for a DNA test and the results that came out on Saturday confirmed a match. A new surveillance video was released by the police recently that show the victim jogging through the street- a very disturbing footage considering it to be right before her final moments.

According to a source, the suspect had previous arrest records but no history of sexually motivated criminal activities that could point fingers at him. Phil Vetrano, the father of the victim usually ran along with his daughter but that day stayed home after suffering from an injury. Earlier on September, 2016, another video was released showing Karina Vetrano jogging near her house the day she went missing. Her body was later discovered from a marshy area close to the Gateway National Recreational Area.

Vetrano’s family members held a rally last Thursday marking six months since the murder. They requested the state to run more DNA testing the same day to identify the killer.

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