HOWARD BEACH, Queens — The reward for information about Karina Vetrano’s death has increased yet again, to $25,000.
This money will be awarded in conjunction with over $200,000 raised by a GoFundMe page set up by Vetrano’s parents and Howard Beach neighbors.
As of late Friday night, $234,042 has been raised on GoFundMe.
“While we greatly appreciate the help of the police, Howard Beach is a community not known for sitting back while other people work on our behalf,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Karina has become the ‘daughter’ of the entire community and we are committed to seeing justice served in her memory.”
Vetrano, 30, went for a run on Aug. 2 in a marshland near her home in Howard Beach. Her body was discovered five hours later in Spring Creek Park, not far from where she lived.
Police say Vetrano was strangled and sexually assaulted.
A sneaker and earbuds were recovered from the scene. They will be tested for DNA which police hope will lead them to the killer.