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Man in Custody in Connection to Death of Jogger Karina Vetrano: Police Sources

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    Person In Custody in Connection With Jogger Death: Sources

    No one has been charged, but forensic evidence led police to the person in custody in connection to the death of Karina Vetrano, a senior law enforcement official said. Michael George reports. (Published Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Karina Vetrano's beaten body was found Aug. 2 in a marshy park in Queens.

    • Her family and supporters rallied on Thursday to mark six months since her death.

    • Police say a person is in custody, but didn't release any further details.

    A man is in custody Saturday in the death of Karina Vetrano, who was killed while jogging in a park in Queens, police sources tell NBC New York.

    Vetrano, a 30-year-old avid runner, had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted on Aug. 2 in Howard Beach.

    Detectives found the man in Brooklyn with the help of forensic evidence after looking at more than 200 suspects that fit a certain profile. Police sources say the person's DNA matches the DNA profile retrieved from Vetrano.

    The man was interviewed on Tuesday, and he volunteered a DNA sample and the results came back Saturday, sources say.

    Police Release New Video of Karina Vetrano on Day She Went Missing

    [NY] Police Release New Video of Karina Vetrano on Day She Went Missing
    Police have released new surveillance video showing what may have been Karina Vetrano's final moments on Aug. 2 before she was found killed near her home in Queens.
    (Published Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017)

    Police sources say that the person in custody has an arrest history, but nothing of a sexual nature that would have made detectives focus on him specifically.

    Vetrano's father Phil usually ran with her, but stayed home with an injury the day she was killed. 

    A video released in September shows Vetrano jogging near her Howard Beach home the day she disappeared. Her body was later found in a marshy area just off the trail at Gateway National Recreation Area.

    A GoFundMe page set up after Vetrano's death has raised nearly $290,000 toward the investigative effort. 

    Her family held a rally on Thursday to mark six months since her death, and asked the state for additional DNA testing that day.

    Phil Vetrano didn't immediately respond to a phone message and text seeking comment Saturday night. 

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