The Whole Story Of What Happened To Karina Vetrano, The Murdered NYC Jogger Found By Her Father

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.


The area where Karina was jogging wasn’t on her normal route. It was a short cut she had decided to take. Many were surprised that Karina would jog there in the first place. The area was extremely remote.

Multiple homeless people lived in this area. That factor alone really shocked friends and family and they struggled with why Karina would run in this area, especially all by herself and in the evening too.

It clearly was a place where screams would be drowned out of by the airplanes flying ahead.

One homeless man told authorities that upwards of a dozen homeless men lived and drank in that area. This homeless man went on to say that he himself would never venture back there for fear of being attacked.

If a homeless man was terrified to be in this area, what made Karina feel safe enough to venture there all alone?

Police quickly determined that Karina’s attacker wasn’t one of the homeless men who spent time in the area. It was completely random.

It was a mere chance of Karina being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Here’s what police discovered at the scene of the crime…


Detectives have made it factually known though that Karina did not go down without a fight. As many of us would, if faced by an attacker – Karina fought for her life.

Detectives believe that Karina had fought with every ounce she could muster due to the evidence they found.

Karina, crawled, bit, and attacked her attacker with everything in her. However, it would not be enough. When her body was discovered, she had bruises, scratches, and cuts all over her.

She was found lying face down.


Her fists still clutched at the reeds as she was dragged into the wetlands.

As mentioned before, her clothing was in complete disarray and her underwear was pulled down.

Police discovered her shoes and earbuds that she frequently ran with nearby.

However, they also discovered something else that did not belong to Karina, but her attacker. It was a used condom.

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