A 27-year-old woman was killed in broad daylight after going for a jog near her mother’s home in Princeton, Massachusetts, ABC News reports. Vanessa Marcotte died less than a week after another New York City resident, Katrina Vetrano, was killed while jogging in Queens, though there is no evidence to connect the two crimes at this point.
Marcotte lived in New York City and was visiting family in Princeton when she decided to go on a run; she was last seen at 1 p.m. Sunday. According to Fox 25 Boston, her body was found that night, a half mile from her mother’s house, and she had burns on her head and feet. Police say they are considering this a homicide investigation, and they aren’t sure if the attack is random; they estimate she was killed between 1 and 4 p.m. and are determining whether she was sexually assaulted.
“We are concerned about the safety of our town residents and the visitors,” Princeton Police Chief Michele Powers said in a press conference. “Pay attention to your surroundings.” There is no information about suspects at this point. If you have any information, police urge you to contact them at (508) 453-7589.
Marcotte graduated from Boston University in 2011 with honors and studied communications. She was working at Google as an account manager at the time of her death. “Vanessa Marcotte was a much loved member of the Google team, working in our New York office for the last year and a half, and known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work, and love of Boston sports,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
“I am just in complete disbelief,” Larry Kim, her former employer at the marketing firm WordStream, told the Boston Globe. “She was a wonderful young woman and very ambitious and had a brilliant career cut short.”
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