Dad of murdered NYC jogger asks for help finding killer

QUEENS, N.Y. (WHDH) — The father of a woman killed while she was jogging is asking the public for donations so he can offer a reward to find her killer.

Karina Vetrano, 30, was jogging near at a park near her home in Queens last week when she went missing. Hours later, she was found dead in a secluded section of the park, about 15 feet off the trail. Police said she had been strangled. No arrests have been made in the case.

“A vicious killer came here and took a life of a brilliant, bright, beautiful young girl while she was just out enjoying herself,” said Vetrano’s father, Phil Vetrano.

Phil Vetrano, a retired New York City firefighter, said he is offering a $100,000 reward to find his daughter’s killer. He is asking the public for help in raising money for the reward.

“Over the past years, people have come up to me, thanked me for my service,” said Vetrano, saying people have always offered to help him if he needed something. “Now there’s something you can do.”

Donors have raised more than $27,000 to go towards the family’s goal.

There are many similarities to Vetrano’s murder and the death of Vanessa Marcotte in Massachusetts. Marcotte was found dead hours after she went for a run and sources said she was found with burn marks on her head, hands and feet. Police said the cases are not connected.

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