DNA leads to arrest in murder of runner in Massachusetts

Vanessa Marcotte
Vanessa Marcotte

PRINCETON, Mass. (AP) - DNA evidence is being credited with finding the man authorities say killed a New York City woman who was out running near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. proclaimed, "We got him" at a news conference Saturday in Princeton, a small town in central Massachusetts.

Vanessa Marcotte's body was found Aug. 7 in some woods about a half-mile from her mother's home.

Marcotte, 27, grew up in nearby Leominster. She worked as an account manager for Google in New York.

Police have charged Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, with several counts of aggravated assault. Early said more charges are expected.

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

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