Police are investigating the death of a Queens woman who went missing after going for an evening jog near the Belt Parkway in Howard Beach as a homicide.
Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a report of a missing woman, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was last seen leaving for a jog through Howard Beach’s parkland around 5 p.m., police said. After searching the area, authorities found her body in the marshes near 161st Avenue and 78th Street.
The medical examiner performed an autopsy on Wednesday and said Vetrano had been strangled, ABC7 New York reported. Sources have told the New York Daily News that her pants were pulled down, and officials believe she was sexually assaulted.