It was one of Karina Vetrano’s, and her father, Philip’s favorite things to do – go for a run along the wetlands at the end of Jamaica Bay. Karina’s run usually would start without her father, and then he would join her later on for the run back.
Sadly, Philip had just injured his back and was not able to partake in their favorite activity on the day she went missing.
One Tuesday evening, Karina decided to go run by herself. Her father tried his best to stop her but after all Karina was 30 years old and he didn’t have very much control.
Upon leaving Karina told Philip “It’s ok, Daddy, I’ll be all right.” With that, Karina left to go on her evening run.
She was texting back and forth with her friend while she was running, when she suddenly stopped. It was extremely abrupt, and very unlike Karina.
Philip tried to call her cellphone, but there was no answer from her. Two hours would go by, and still Karina did not come back home.
This is when Philip started to panic. Karina was not a long distance runner so she should have been back by now. Just like any father would, Philip began to worry about her.
As the night went on, Philip reached out to a neighbor for help who happened to be in their local Police Department.
Officers arrived right before 7 p.m., and this is when the search for Karina officially began.
For several hours, police and Philip would start searching in the marshlands that are just mere blocks from her home.
While the police and Philip searched together, it would tragically be Philip who found his daughter. This was something no one could have prepared him for.
Just 15 feet from a trail in the marsh, Karina’s body was found.
She appeared to be badly beaten. It seemed she may have been strangled and sexually assaulted.
To make matters worse, some of Karina’s clothing was missing.