Google Employee Found Dead in Massachusetts After Going for a Jog

iStock/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, Mass.) -- A 27-year-old woman who worked for Google appears to have been killed in broad daylight Sunday near her mother's home in Princeton, Massachusetts, officials said.

Vanessa Marcotte, who lived in New York City, went out for a jog Sunday in the town of Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston, and never returned, said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Her body was found Sunday night in a wooded area about a half mile from her mother's home, Early said.

The preliminary investigation shows Marcotte was murdered, Early said, and investigators are focusing on a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. time frame.

An autopsy is pending, Early said.

It is not clear if this was a random act, he said.

Marcotte, an account manager at Google, attended Boston University where she graduated with honors in 2011.

"We’re so terribly sad for her family and friends," said Colin Riley, executive director of media relations at BU. "They’re in our thoughts and prayers."

Five days before Marcotte's death, another New York City resident, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, was murdered while on an evening jog in Queens. No arrests have been made in Vetrano's death.

Early said Monday there's “nothing” at this point to connect the Massachusetts case to the New York case.

Early and Princeton Chief of Police Michele Powers on Monday urged residents to use caution and report anything suspicious to police.

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