DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in Massachusetts

State Police have arrested a Worcester man in the killing of Vanessa Marcotte, a jogger whose body was found last August in Princeton, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Several outlets are reporting that an arrest was made in the case of Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University grad whose body was found after she went out for a jog while visiting her family in Princeton last August. She worked as an account manager for Google in NY.

Although Ortiz has not been formally charged with murder yet, Early said he anticipates a murder charge soon, and referenced Ortiz as Marcotte's "killer".

Early said a state trooper spotted Ortiz, who matched a description determined through a DNA profile and interviews.

Sources said Ortiz was being held at the State Police barracks in Millbury, and is due to be arraigned on Tuesday. Her hands, feet and part of her head were burned, sources said.

"I think everyone just wants justice for her, so maybe that can start and a little bit of healing can start" as well, she said. The announcement comes almost two months after the district attorney said a DNA profile of a suspect had been developed.

Detectives recovered a DNA sample from the scene that ultimately led them to Mr. Cordero-Ortiz, the district attorney said. They added that the suspect was likely the same person driving a dark-colored SUV in the area around the time Marcotte was murdered. Early said Colon-Ortiz, who speaks limited English, has requested an attorney.

Authorities received thousands of tips on a dedicated line regarding Marcotte's case.

  • Audrey Hill