Just last week, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was murdered after going jogging in Queens. And now, only a little over a week later, another jogger has turned up dead, this time in Princeton, Massachusetts.
27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was in Princeton visiting her family, when she left her family’s home at about 1 PM Sunday, August 8, to go jogging. When she didn’t return home, her family reported her missing.
Hours later, at about 8:20 PM, Vanessa’s body was found by a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit in the woods about a half mile away. She reportedly was naked and had burns on her hands, feet and part of her head – investigators are investigating whether she may have been sexually assaulted and then set on fire.
Vanessa had been living in New York City and was working as an Account Manager at Google. Google released a statement yesterday, stating:
“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.”
Princeton, by all accounts, appears to be a very safe area. Princeton Police Chief Michele Powers said this is the first homicide in Princeton in nearly 30 years.
Whether or not Vanessa and Karina’s murders are related remains to be seen. With seemingly different causes of death and being a considerable distance apart, I tend to think they aren’t, but it’s too soon to tell.
Anyone with information about Vanessa’s murder should call Massachusetts State Police at 508-453-7589.