Jogger's High-Profile Murder May Be Solved

NYC police have a suspect in custody in Karina Vetrano slaying
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Mourners carry the casket of Karina Vetrano in Queens in this photo from August.   (Steven Sunshine/Newsday via AP, File)

(Newser) – Police may have cracked the murder of a 30-year-old jogger in Queens last summer. Detectives have a suspect in custody after finding a DNA match with evidence at the scene of Karina Vetrano's killing, reports the Daily News. NYPD Chief Robert Boyce identified the suspect on Twitter as Chanel Lewis, 20. Boyce says the Brooklyn man made "incriminating statements" upon his arrest Saturday night, and that the encounter that ended with Vetrano's death looks to be a random one, the AP reports.

Vetrano went out for a run on Aug. 2, and her father found her body that night as part of a search team. Lewis reportedly has no criminal history and voluntarily supplied his DNA to investigators. Genetic material was found under Vetrano's fingernails and on her phone and neck, notes the AP. (Vetrano was seen on videotape shortly before her killing.)

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