Sources Say Howard Beach Jogger Murder Suspect in Custody

By Murray Weiss

 Karina Vetrano, 30, was found in running trails in the Gateway National Recreation Center near her home.

HOWARD BEACH – A suspect in the murder of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano has been taken into custody by NYPD detectives, DNAinfo New York has learned.

The suspect, whose name was withheld, was grabbed around 6 p.m. Saturday and taken into custody after sources said his DNA was matched to DNA recovered from Vetrano’s body and cellphone, which was found in the marshy area in Spring Creek Park on Aug. 2, 2016.

Details about the suspect, who sources said in his 20s and lives in a Brooklyn housing project not far from the murder scene, were not immediately available.

But sources say the suspect was spoken to by investigators weeks ago, and apparently agreed to give them a DNA sample, which recently came back with a hit.

Vetrano, 30, went out for a run from her Howard Beach home, and when she did not return home, her father, Philip Vetrano, and NYPD detectives went looking for her. Vetrano’s father found her body among the tall weeds in the park.

Police were able to put together a genetic profile of her killer using DNA found on Vetrano’s phone, her neck and under her fingernails, but it did not match anyone in police databases.

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