Jogger Vanessa Marcotte struggled with attacked before killing, DA says

PRINCETON, Mass. — Investigators say they believe jogger Vanessa Marcotte struggled with her attacker before she was brutally killed Sunday afternoon.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early held a news conference Thursday to announce new developments in the case.

“The assailant, who we know was a man, may have sustained injuries in the struggle, specifically scratches, scrapes and or bruises, ” Early said. “Therefore, we are asking anyone who observed a male with these types of injuries that would have been fresh earlier this week to please contact us at the State Police Tipline.”

Early said investigators have narrowed down a period of time when they believe Marcotte was attacked to between 1 and 3 p.m.

“Anyone who has observed a vehicle, moving or parked, on (Brooks Station Road) during the timeframe should contact the State Police Tipline at 508-453-7589,” Early said.

Several state police troopers returned Thursday morning to the wooded area in Princeton where Marcotte was found dead.

Marcotte, 27, went out for an afternoon jog on Sunday. She did not return to her mother’s home and was reported missing. Her body was found several hours later in the woods along Brooks Station Road, about a half-mile from her mother’s home.

After the discovery of Marcotte’s body, Massachusetts State Police set up the anonymous tip line for anyone who might have seen anything suspicious. It has received more than 250 calls so far.

Investigators are still asking anyone who was in the area between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday to call 508-453-7589 and speak to investigators.

Marcotte was an account manager for Google in New York City. She grew up in Leominster and graduated from Boston University.

This article was taken from WCVB.

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