Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee, lived in New York City and was described by her father as a “great kid” and a dedicated worker.
The BU grad had taken the weekend to visit her parents in Princeton, Mass. She was staying at her mom's, and Saturday night, she had dinner with her dad at the Chop House.
At around 1pm the next day, Marcotte went on a jog in a wooded area near her mom's house.
She never returned.
Her body was discovered along Brook's Station Road, about a half a mile from her home.
According to WCVB, Marcotte was found naked, and parts of her head, hands, and feet were burned. It is not yet known if she was sexually assaulted.
Local police on the case have deduced that Marcotte likely fought hard for her life, and they painted a picture of her killer leaving the crime scene covered in “scratches, scrapes and bruises.”
The police investigation of her murder is still active, with hundreds of tips pouring into the station daily.
This gruesome crime comes directly on the heels of the tragic killing of Queens, NY, native Karina Vetrano, who was murdered by strangulation and sexually assaulted while on a routine jog by her home.
The similarity of these killings has many women terrified to go on their normal run.
The New York Times reports that there is a climate of fear, with one female jogger claiming:
“We don’t feel comfortable running alone. We’re frightened.”
“It brought light to all of us that we just can’t do the things we’re used to doing,” she said. “It isn’t fair, but it’s smart.”
Marcotte's bereaved father spoke recently about his daughter's death, asking the crowd to lend their prayers to help find his daughter's killer, saying, “That’s all we want: justice.”