Police on Wednesday released new possible details about the man who savagely attacked and killed 30-year-old Karina Vetrano in a wooded area in Queens this past summer.
The raven-haired beauty was out for a jog Aug. 2 in Spring Creek Park, Howard Beach — commonly referred to as “The Weeds” — when her attacker beat her and ripped off her clothes before sexually assaulting and strangling her.
More than four months after the attack — with the killer still at large — cops released a list of potential characteristics of the suspect.
He is probably familiar with the park, police said, and may have previously spent time there for any number of reasons. The park hosts everyone from fishermen to dirt-bike riders, environmentalists and other outdoor enthusiasts. Certain areas serve as gathering places for homeless people, as well as recreational drug and alcohol users.
The suspect could have been frequenting or even living in the park for an extended period of time but suddenly disappeared from the park after Vetrano’s murder, cops said.
He may have even told others that he was avoiding the park because of the danger there.
The killer may have also appeared disheveled with scratches and cuts to his arms, neck or face in the hours after Vetrano’s death — but given a variety of excuses for his appearance, officials said.
Cops say the suspect could have also changed his level of alcohol, drug or tobacco use following the attack.
He also may have paid careful attention to media reporting on the case or limited his exposure to the reporting.
He could have also changed his appearance, cops said.
Weeks after the incident, cops released a sketch of a man seen near the park who might have been able to help cops in their stalled investigation. Cops said on Wednesday that the man “may have witnessed something and not realized its importance at the time.”