District attorney on Marcotte's killer: 'We got him'

Apr 16, 2017, 02:03
District attorney on Marcotte's killer: 'We got him'

Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University graduate who was living in NY and working for Google, was visiting her mother in Princeton last summer the weekend she was murdered.

The suspect's DNA is a 1:108 quintillion match to that found on Marcotte's hands when she fought her killer last summer. Her body was found naked and burned the following day just a half mile away from her mother's home.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early will hold a press conference at 2 p.m.in Princeton to update the public on the details of the arrest.

"There's also one other person I'd like to thank in this case, and that would be Vanessa Marcotte", Early said.

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Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University graduate who was living in NY and working for Google, was visiting her mother in Princeton last summer the weekend she was murdered.

Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early announces a suspect has been caught in Vanessa Marcotte's murder.

Marcotte grew up in Leominster and was working as an account manager for Mountain View, California-based Google in NY.

DNA from the suspect was recovered from Marcotte's hands, which was matched to a cheek swab that Colon-Ortiz had previously consented to.

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Vanessa Marcotte, left, and Karina Vetrano were both out jogging when they were killed a week apart. Early said they expect to add murder charges soon. When Colon-Ortiz didn't respond, the trooper later returned to the home and obtained a voluntary DNA sample from Colon-Ortiz.

Colon-Ortiz was charged Friday with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape.

Police have said Marcotte was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time on August 7.

"Ms. Marcotte's family waited, waited and hoped", said Col. Rick McKeon of Massachusetts State Police.

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