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Vetrano family looking to question Spring Creek jogger

Curtis Sliwa vows to follow leads from his 'cousin'

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Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:19 pm

On Curtis Sliwa's radio show Monday afternoon, the father of Karina Vetrano said he's looking to question a jogger who frequented the area where his daughter was found dead, but has not been seen since the woman's murder.

"It's very important we speak to him, 'cause he might have seen something," Philip Vetrano said.

Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels and host of the "Drive at 5" radio show, said he had received a tip from a "cousin" about the mysterious jogger. Speaking to Vetrano, who found his daughter dead in Spring Creek on Aug. 2, Sliwa said the man "had not been seen by anyone in that area since the demise of your daughter."

Philip Vetrano said the tip is "very correct." The jogger, he said, was commonly seen running south on 84th Street, then eastbound on 165th Avenue.

"I would see him every day; now he's dropped off the face of the Earth," Vetrano told Sliwa.

The father described the runner as 5 feet, 9 inches and 150 pounds. He would often wear "long running shorts" and "very high socks" with sunglasses and was commonly seen in all black, or shirtless during the warmer months. The man was also described as "fit, extremely fit."

"Someone must know who he is," Vetrano said.

An NYPD spokesman told the Queens Chronicle the individual described by Vetrano is not considered a suspect in the case. 

"We will speak to anyone who can assist with the investigation," the spokesman added. 

Sliwa had visited Spring Creek Sunday and in a social media post said his cousin's tip brought him to a part of the park that has been "unpatrolled since the investigation started."

He promised to return to Howard Beach Monday night to follow up on his cousin's information.

"I'm going to continue our pursuit of direct leads," Sliwa said. "We will track this animal down."

Sliwa and Vetrano's conversation comes a week after The New York Times cited high-ranking police officials as saying the case "won't be solved easily" and that DNA evidence recovered from the scene did not match any known offenders.

NYPD security cameras, funded by Borough President Melinda Katz, Sliwa's ex-partner, whom he said earlier this year he's going to run against in 2017, were placed near Spring Creek last week following security concerns from nearby residents. The cameras, installed on city property neighboring the federal parkland, will capture anyone going in or out of the tall phragmites along several adjacent streets.

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  • Viet Nam Vet posted at 1:43 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2016.

    Viet Nam Vet Posts: 1

    I do hope this Demon is caught. He doesn't deserve to breath another day on Earth.