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Cops: Jogger 'Put Up a Ferocious Fight' Against Attacker Before Her Death


The New York woman that was found beaten and strangled off an isolated running path was said to “put up a ferocious fight” before her death, according to police.

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Karina Vetrano, 30, was found dead Tuesday night at 11 p.m., hours after she left her home in the Howard Beach section of Queens. Vetrano was found dead in Spring Creek Park, a federal park property.

"This woman put up a ferocious fight, right to the end. She was beaten quite severely, which would suggest she put up a big fight,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Thursday.

Police sources told the New York Post that Vetrano was found with a missing tooth, scratches all over her beaten body, and the killer's handprints imprinted on her strangled neck.

The NYPD has now called for help from the FBI, since the woman’s body was discovered on federal property.

Boyce told reporters on Thursday: “Right now, we think it’s random, so we don’t think it’s anybody in her life that’s created this.”

He added: “We plan to chop down just about every weed in that location till we're satisfied that we've got all the evidence. This is a remote area. A young lady was running — still daylight — so hoping somebody saw something going into the park."

Authorities are appealing to the public for any information in the case.


Her father, Phil, a retired firefighter had allegedly warned her not to go running in that area without him. After his daughter failed to come home, he called police and eventually discovered her body in the marsh.

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"The father then went into the woods and then found the body with our detectives right after him," Boyce said. "We found her face down in the ground."

A wake for Vetrano will be held on Friday in her neighborhood.

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