Woman Who Worked for Google Killed After Going for Jog in Massachusetts

Princeton Police (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, Early said.

Marcotte, a Boston University graduate, was an account manager at Google.

A Google spokesperson said: “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.”

Her alma mater paid tribute to her as well. "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 was “nothing” at this point to connect the Massachusetts case to the New York case.

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

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