Google worker found killed in MA woods, police urge caution

Sunday, 21 Aug, 2016

A 27-year-old jogger from New York City was found dead in Princeton, Mass., on Sunday, her naked body partially burned, police say.

"We have a terrible set of facts, an awful circumstance here right now", Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr said, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

On Tuesday evening, mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil inside the First Congregational Church in Princeton to mourn her loss but also come together after the murder that rocked the small town.

Police Chief Michele Powers urged town residents to remain vigilant. He asked residents who have seen anything or anyone that seemed suspicious on Sunday to call the MSP tip line at 508-453-7589; MSP detectives assigned to the district attorney's office at 508-832-9124 or Princeton police at 978-464-2928. Police said the last homicide in the town was around 30 years ago.

When she didn't return home by nearly 4 p.m., her family contacted the Princeton police. "We're so terribly sad for her family and friends", said Colin Riley, the executive director of media relations at Boston University.

Vetrano's body was found by her father, Phillip Vetrano, a retired firefighter, in the Howard Beach area shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday last week. Marcotte worked as an account manager at Google in New York City.

"Vanessa was a much-loved member of the Google team", the company said in a statement.

Marcotte, who graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in communications, worked as an account manager at Google in New York City, according to her LinkedIn account. Quigley says Marcotte "immediately knew that's what she wanted to do".

Hundreds of tips have been received by investigators in the aftermath of the death of Vanessa Marcotte, District Attorney Joseph Early said. She was so smart and such a good person.

"That time frame is between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. yesterday", Early said Monday.

Vetrano was strangled and sexually assaulted after setting out for a jog just after 5 p.m. on August 2 through a park several blocks away from her Queens, New York home.

New York Police are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information on Vetrano's death. In contrast, Marcotte was killed while running in broad daylight. There is no indication the deaths are connected.