PRINCETON — As would-be treasure hunters invade the quiet town of Princeton for its “Town-Wide Yard Sale” on Saturday, they will be reminded that seven weeks earlier a grisly slaying was committed there and the killer is still at large.
Late this week, people began noticing “Justice for Vanessa” signs popping up in and around the Common, as well as well-driven travel lanes of Route 68.
“Vanessa” refers to Vanessa T. Marcotte, 27, who was killed Aug. 7. Her body was found in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother’s house on Brooks Station Road.
Ms. Marcotte was working as an account manager at Google in New York. She was a 2007 graduate of the Bancroft School in Worcester and a 2011 graduate of Boston University College of Communications.
Police said she went for a walk and when she did not return her family called police. A state police dog found her body.
An investigative source said the woman was found naked, with burns to her face, hands and feet.
Police say they believe Ms. Marcotte fought with her attacker and left the him with injuries.
Detectives are focused on the afternoon hours of 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 7, as the time the crime was committed.
While Ms. Marcotte’s slaying made international headlines and prompted an intense search for her killer, no arrests have been made.
In addition to “Justice For Vanessa,” the signs also read in bold letters, “Tip Hotline,” accompanied by the official number of the State Police tip line – (508) 453-7589.
David Procopio, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, and Timothy J. Connolly, communications director for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, said their respective departments are not responsible for the “Justice For Vanessa” signs in Princeton.
As for the Marcotte slaying case, it remains under “intensive investigation,” Mr. Procopio said.