The search for the suspect or suspects who murdered Vanessa Marcotte Sunday in Princeton, Massachusetts, has shown no sign of letting up. Authorities activated a special tip line Tuesday, hoping to gain more information about what may have happened to the 27-year-old.
According to the Boston Globe, the information line was launched by state police and local Princeton law enforcement assisting in the homicide investigation being overseen by Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. Marcotte’s death marks the first murder in the quiet community in more than three decades.
A Facebook post by the Massachusetts State Police read in part, “We are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons who killed Ms. Marcotte.” The authorities are requesting help from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on the Sunday afternoon of the Google account manager’s murder.
Google released a statement following the news of their employee’s murder. In the statement, she was described as "a much loved member of the Google team...known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work, and love of Boston sports."
People magazine reported that there is a possibility Marcotte was sexually assaulted. Her body was found “stripped and damaged” with burns on her hands, feet and face. Originally from the Massachusetts town of Leominster, Marcotte, who had been living in New York City, was visiting her mother in Princeton over the weekend. She was last seen on Brooks Station Road Sunday afternoon. Investigators revealed that she was killed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that same day.
A police dog discovered her body in a wooded area about a half-mile away from her mother’s home. The Worcester District Attorney urged the community to stay alert following the slaying of Marcotte. He told the media, "We are asking residents of Princeton and surrounding areas to use an abundance of caution."
The police are urging anyone with information to call into the tip line at 508-453-7589.