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Mass. authorities have DNA profile, closing in on suspect in murder of Google employee Vanessa Marcotte

February 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mass. authorities have DNA profile, closing in on suspect in murder of Google employee Vanessa Marcotte

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Authorities have a DNA profile and are narrowing down on a person of interest in the Massachusetts murder of Google employee Vanessa Marcotte, a resident of New York City.

The suspect is reportedly a Hispanic or Latino man with light to medium skin tone and an athletic build, the Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. revealed on Thursday. The suspect, who is approximately around 30 years old, would have had scratches on his neck, face, hands and arms after the fatal August 7th attack in Princeton. He either had a shaved head or hair that was very short.

Early did not note how the DNA was obtained.

“There are people that have perceptions of what that person might have looked like, what race he might be, we’re narrowing this down, tailoring to this specific person that we’re looking for,” he added.

The possible suspect has not been named because the DNA has been analyzed through national criminal databases without a hit. Detectives have already received about 1,300 tips, Early noted.

“You know it takes a little while,” Early said during a news conference. “This isn’t CSI; it’s not Law and Order. As much as we like to get things back in a couple of hours, it takes time.”

The 27-year-old victim was raised in nearby Leominster and worked as an account manager for Google in their NY office, Fox News Boston reported.

In November, police discovered a suspicious SUV parked near the site where they located Marcotte’s remains.

Marcotte went missing after she went for a run in Princeton while visiting her mother. She was raped and strangled to death after she tried to fight off her attacker.

DNA evidence also helped apprehend a suspect in the murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, who was discovered strangled and sexually assaulted in Howard Beach five days before Vanessa Marcotte was killed.

Chanel Lewis, 20, was taken into custody after he voluntarily provided DNA that matched that found on the 30-year-old Vetrano’s remains. Police found the killer’s DNA on her back, under her fingernails, and on her cell phone.

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