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Brooklyn man arrested in death of Queens jogger

06 February 2017

New York police have a suspect in custody in the high-profile murder of a 30-year-old jogger in New York City's Queens borough last summer.

And a person familiar with the case identified him as Chanel Lewis, 20, of East New York in Brooklyn.

Chief Robert Boyce, with the NYPD, said that Vetrano had marks on her body and her clothes were "in disarray".

Chief of Detectives Boyce says it appeared the encounter that led to Vetrano's death was a chance one. Boyce thanked the tireless efforts of the NYPD and the Howard Beach community.

Chanel Lewis, 20, has not been charged. They added that additional forensic evidence also connected Lewis to the crime.

Police say that the person in custody has an arrest history, but nothing of the sexual nature that would have made detectives focus on him specifically.

They asked him for a DNA sample, which he gave voluntarily - thereby potentially sealing his own fate, sources said.

"The U.K. has it, why don't we", Vetrano said.

Karina Vetrano was killed August 2 after going for a run not far from her Queens home.

The father of the murdered Queens jogger previously said he had a 'bad feeling' just 25 minutes after his daughter left home for her run.

The Massachusetts State Police say the investigation remains active. "She had the DNA under her fingernails", he said.

Vetrano's parents, Phillip and Cathy, said they were relieved at the identification. "She had the DNA under her nails, she had touch DNA on her back and there was more DNA on the cell phone. And that's how we made the link".

In the end, it was a direct DNA match that led to an arrest.

Her family and supporters rallied on Thursday to mark six months since her death.


A video released in September shows Vetrano jogging near her Howard Beach home the day she disappeared. Specifically, he found her body in a marshy area about 15 feet from a running trail.

Mr Vetrano and his wife raised hunderds of thousands of dollars overnight when they launched an online campaign to catch the "vicious animal" who murdered their daughter.

Brooklyn man arrested in death of Queens jogger