From Snejana Farberov writing in the Daily Mail:
A Google employee from New York City who disappeared on an afternoon jog while visiting her mother in Massachusetts has been found murdered in the woods.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Monday that 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was reported missing after failing to return from a run between 1pm and 4pm in Princeton.
Her body was discovered at around 8:20 PM Sunday by a state police K9 unit near Brooks Station Road, about a half-mile from her mother’s home.
A source told Fox25 in Boston that investigators were examining the possibility that Marcotte was sexually assaulted and set on fire, with burns to her hands, head and feet.
Authorities would not specify how she died but say her death appears to be a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled.
Marcotte’s employer, Google, released the following statement about 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. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Early said there was ‘nothing at this point’ connecting Marcotte’s death to the unsolved slaying last week of Karina Vetrano, a female jogger in Queens.
The rural town of Princeton has about 3,500 residents and is 40 miles west of Boston. Early says Marcotte grew up in nearby Leominster.
Authorities are looking for the public’s help and asking anyone who was in the area or saw anything suspicious on Sunday to call the Massachusetts State Police tip line at 508-453-7589, the state police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office at 508-832-9124, or the Princeton police at 978-464-2928.