Reward surges to $235,000 in murder of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HOWARD BEACH, Queens (WABC) -- The reward in the murder of a woman in Queens who was killed while jogging has surged -- nearly doubling in the last 24 hours.

The New York City mayor's office kicked in an additional $10,000 Tuesday night to the $25,000 the NYPD and other city agencies put up for information that leads to the conviction of Karina Vetrano's killer.

Vetrano's family also announced that it was doubling its reward contribution to $200,000 using money raised on a fundraiser website. The reward now stands at $235,000.

Her family said the money raised above the $200,000 (currently at $264,854) will put toward funding a charitable foundation or directly to an existing charity in Karina's name.

Vetrano was found murdered near her home in Howard Beach earlier this month. The medical examiner said she was strangled and sexually assaulted.

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No suspects have been named in the case.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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