Arrest Made In Murder Of Princeton Jogger Vanessa Marcotte

The announcement comes almost two months after the district attorney said a DNA profile of a suspect had been developed. DA Early said an alert state trooper in Worcester saw a man and a auto that matched the Marcotte murder suspect's description, and did a cheek DNA swab test that eventually led to Ortiz's arrest. Vanessa Marcotte's (MAR-cot) body was found August 7 in some woods in Princeton. Her hands, feet and part of her head were burned, sources said.

Authorities have managed so far to charge the suspect with aggravated assault and battery in addition to assault with intent to rape, but expect to bring further charges in the coming days.

Marcotte, a former Google employee who lived in New York City, was visiting her mother in Princeton in August 2016 when she left for a jog one morning. It was because Marcotte fought against her attacker that police were able to find him.

A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a Google executive from New York, Massachusetts officials said Saturday.

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

Although Ortiz has not been formally charged with murder yet, Early said he anticipates a murder charge soon, and referenced Ortiz as Marcotte's "killer".

In February, Early said DNA evidence had led them to develop the profile of a person of interest in the case.

The trooper wrote down the license plate of the vehicle and followed up by obtaining DNA from Colon-Ortiz the next day. He is being held at Massachusetts State Police barracks in Millbury on $1 million bail.

Marcotte, 27, lived in NY and worked as an account executive at Google. He also said Ortiz worked in the area and "had been for some time".

  • Annette Adams