Karina Vetrano's father went looking for her when she didn't return from her daily jog through the park

By Chris Harris
Updated August 03, 2016 05:35 PM
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Police in New York City are investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman whose dead body was found by her father Tuesday night in a New York City park, PEOPLE confirms.

New York Police Chief Robert Boyce told reporters Wednesday that Karina Vetrano’s father went looking for her when she didn’t return from her daily jog through Gateway National Park in Queens, which is a few blocks from her home.

Vetrano was reported missing just after 5 p.m. and her body was recovered shortly before 11 p.m.

Boyce said Vetrano would typically run with her father, who decided to sit out Tuesday’s jog because he was dealing with back pain.

When she didn’t return, he called the police, who pinged her phone. It showed that she was in the brush near the park’s jogging path. The father went out with police and discovered her body 15 feet from the jogging trail, Boyce said.

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Emergency medical technicians responded and pronounced Vetrano dead at the scene.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday but medical examiners have yet to release the official cause of death. However, Boyce said there’s evidence to suggest Vertrano was sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.

Vetrano’s body bore bruises and her clothing was “in disarray,” according to Boyce, who said police also found signs Vetrano fought off her attacker.

No arrests have been made and authorities continue to investigate, Boyce said.

They’ve asked the public to come forward with any information to help with the investigation.