DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in Massachusetts

Officials are holding a news conference to discuss new developments in the case of a New York City woman killed while out running near her mother's MA home last summer.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.'s office said they will hold a press conference outside the Princeton Police Station at 2 p.m. Saturday about the new developments in the case.

On August 7, 2016, police found Marcotte, a Boston University graduate, naked with her hands and legs bound, in a wooded area near her mother's Princeton home.

An East New York man was arrested in connection to Vetrano's murder.


Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was arrested late Friday and faces charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to rape, according to Early. Of note, Colon Ortiz has not yet been charged with murder, but the attorney said he anticipates those charges will come soon.

An officer in Worcester spotted the same type vehicle being driven by a man who fit the profile of the suspect.

Police later visited the driver's residence, and eventually obtained a voluntary DNA sample through a mouth swab.

Police said that Ortiz, who needs an interpreter for communication, is being cooperative.


Princeton residents said they're relieved to hear about an arrest in the case. The suspect was thought to have been driving a dark-colored SUV on the day of Marcotte's murder.

Of note, Colon Ortiz's arrest Easter weekend comes after authorities in February announced they were searching for a Hispanic or Latino man in his 30s with an athletic build upon the discovery of DNA evidence.

"We're very comfortable that we've got Vanessa Marcotte's killer", Early said. Officers additionally discovered the alleged killer's DNA on her back, under her fingernails and on her phone. He's scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday at the Leominster District Court.



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