Runner is found strangled, possibly sex assaulted in marsh

AP News
Posted: Aug 03, 2016 12:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman found dead after going on a late afternoon run in a park was strangled and possibly sexually assaulted, police said Wednesday.

Katrina Vetrano's body was discovered in a marshy area by a search party that included her father, a retired firefighter, police said. Her body showed signs of strangulation and her running clothes were disarray, they said.

Vetrano, 30, was reported missing when she didn't return from a run on Tuesday in Spring Creek Park, near her home in the Howard Beach section of Queens, police said. After police used signals from her cellphone to narrow the search area, her father was among the first to spot her body, police said.

The running path is alongside a secluded, overgrown marsh at the edge of Jamaica Bay. It is part of a much longer network of paths ringing the bay that get a lot of use from cyclists and runners. The section where Vetrano's body was found is often bypassed by people using the longer routes.

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The city's medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause of death.

There were no arrests.