New England police arrest suspect in connection to murder of Vanessa Marcotte

Apr 16, 2017, 01:59
New England police arrest suspect in connection to murder of Vanessa Marcotte

Standing in front of the Princeton Police Department Saturday afternoon, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early opened a press conference with these three short words, drawing cheers and applause from the crowd that had gathered to hear the latest news on the murder of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte. 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.

The suspect's DNA is a 1:108 quintillion match to that found on Marcotte's hands when she fought her killer last summer.

Colon-Ortiz was charged Friday with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape.

Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University graduate who was living in NY and working for Google, was visiting her mother in Princeton last summer the weekend she was murdered.

Unable to find a piece of paper, Early said the trooper wrote down the vehicle's license plate number on his hand. State Police troopers had spoken with Colon-Ortiz earlier in the investigation after observing him in a truck that matched descriptions of a vehicle seen near the crime scene.

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An arrest has been made in connection to the murder of Vanessa Marcotte back in August of 2016.

Authorities received thousands of tips related to the case.

Marcotte grew up in Leominster and was working as an account manager for Mountain View, California-based Google in NY. She grew up in Leominster and graduated from Boston University.

Marcotte was murdered just five days after another female jogger was killed in the New York City borough of Queens.

A source told FOX25 that state police arrested a suspect early Saturday morning. Police said her body was naked and partially burned.

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