Karina Vetrano, Vanessa Marcotte Update: Why Isn’t There More Progress In Jogger Murders?

Although tips keep rolling in about the murders of joggers Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte, there still haven’t been any arrests or solid tips that might lead to an arrest. Karina Vetrano was killed while jogging in a Queens, New York, park, and Vanessa Marcotte was murdered while jogging near her mother’s house in Princeton, Massachusetts. Both ran regularly, and though authorities do not believe there is a link in the cases, it is hard to dismiss the similarities in the cases. Both women were attractive, young brunettes whose cases are unsolved a month later.

It has now been a month since Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte were murdered, and in both cases, the DNA taken from the crime scenes did not match any DNA in local or national databases, according to the Inquisitr. Reward amounts continue to increase, but there is understandable frustration from the families and the communities that fear there is still a murderer on the loose.

The community of Princeton, Massachusetts, is still on edge a month after the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, and though over 1,000 tips have poured into authorities in the case, a suspect still has not been identified, says Fox News. Dried flowers from a memorial still mark the spot where Marcotte’s body was found, naked and burned, off Brooks Station Road in Princeton. Even with all of the tips, there has not been a suspect or even a person of interest identified, and the residents of Princeton are frustrated that there has been no justice for Vanessa Marcotte.


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Andrew Cardillo, who knows Marcotte’s family, remembers the terrible moment he learned the news of Vanessa’s death and says that the family is still hoping for answers.

“They’re pretty upset about all this, they just wish they could find someone who did it so the family could have some justice.”

Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole says that though it is frustrating, authorities do not want to share any critical information they might have that a potential suspect could use to their advantage.

“What they are trying to do, particularly at this stage, is not give away information that the suspect can get ahold of.”

In the case of the murder of Karina Vetrano, this week authorities have released video of Vetrano jogging on a street near her home just minutes before she was sexually assaulted and strangled in a Howard Beach, New York park, says CBS News. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton released the video with the permission of the Vetrano family with the hope of encouraging tips.

“It was provided as part of the continuing effort, along with the rewards, to try and find out what happened on that day. I think we have done all that we can to try and keep that story alive in the public mind and consciousness because it spread such fear through the city.”

In the Vetrano case, a sketch of a person of interest (a man) was distributed late last month, but no one has been identified or brought in for questioning. As with the case of Vanessa Marcotte, DNA evidence was taken from under the fingernails of Karina Vetrano, but it has yet to be matched with anyone in any database.

The reward fund for information leading to Vetrano’s killer is now over $300,000, largely funded by a GoFundMe account arranged by the Vetrano family.

In both cases, authorities are hopeful, and both cases are considered active and high profile.

Do you believe that the murderers of Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte will be found?

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