DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in MA

16 April, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • Vanessa Marcotte 27 a Google employee from New York City was found dead after going jogging in Princeton Mass

In February Early announced that DNA evidence collected by investigators pointed to a suspect that is likely a Hispanic or Latino man in his 30s with light or medium skin color and an athletic build with short hair or possibly a shaved head.

The body of 27-year-old Marcotte was found August 7 in some woods about a half-mile from her mother's house, where the young woman was visiting family.

Police said throughout the investigation they believed Marcotte fought her attacker and the suspect had scratches on his face, neck and arms.

Prosecutors have charged Colon-Ortiz with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery, and assault with the intent to rape.

Marcotte, 27, was an account manager at Google based in NY who had gone to visit her mother's home last summer in Princeton, Massachusetts.

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Sources said Ortiz was being held at the State Police barracks in Millbury, and is due to be arraigned on Tuesday.

"I anticipate there will be a murder charge", Mr. Several outlets are reporting that an arrest was made in the case of Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University grad whose body was found after she went out for a jog while visiting her family in Princeton last August.

The DNA match linking Ortiz to the Marcotte case came back Friday afternoon. He also said Ortiz worked in the area and "had been for some time". She never returned, and her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half mile from her mother's house.

Authorities received thousands of tips on a dedicated line regarding Marcotte's case.

"It was through (Marcotte's) determined fight and efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer", Early said.

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