The funeral for the murdered Massachusetts jogger Vanessa Marcotte was held Tuesday. The service for the Leominster native took place at Our Lady of the Lake Church, according to the Boston Globe. Several of the Google account manager’s colleagues attended and arrived on a large bus.
The funeral service was held at 9 a.m. and followed by Mass around an hour later. Marcotte is expected to be buried at Woodside Cemetery in Westminister, according to ABC 7 NY. Since her death Aug. 7, Massachusetts State Police have not made any arrests in spite of receiving more than 600 tips.
The 27-year-old who attended Boston University was killed during an afternoon run. She was visiting her mother in the town of Princeton when she decided to take a jog. She was killed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that Sunday afternoon.
After she was reported missing, a police dog discovered her body in a wooded area about a half-mile away from her mother’s home. Marcotte’s hands, feet and face were burned and police believe she may have been sexually assaulted. They also think that she struggled with her attacker, leading authorities to look for a suspect with fresh scratches, bruises or other cuts. WCVB reported that police are testing DNA samples of a possible person of interest.
The district attorney in the case, Joe Early is warning the public to be careful and stay alert. Marcotte’s murder marks the first in the quiet community in more than three decades. The only information available about the suspect is that the individual is familiar with the area where her body was found.
Police are urging anyone with information to call into the tip line at 508-453-7589. The District Attorney previously stated that authorities intend on following every lead in the case.