Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Arrest made in connection with death of jogger Vanessa Marcotte

Arrest made in connection with death of jogger Vanessa Marcotte

In February Early announced that DNA evidence collected by investigators pointed to a suspect that is likely a Hispanic or Latino man in his 30s with light or medium skin color and an athletic build with short hair or possibly a shaved head.

DNA from the suspect was recovered from Marcotte's hands, which was matched to a cheek swab that Colon-Ortiz had previously consented to.

Vanessa Marcotte was 27 when she was found slain near her parents' home on August 8, 2016.

Sources tell WBUR an arrest has been made in the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, the New York City woman who disappeared last summer after going for a run in Princeton. There were also signs that she had struggled with her attacker. Colon-Ortiz is being held at the Millbury State Police Barracks and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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The DNA match linking Ortiz to the Marcotte case came back Friday afternoon. Early said Colon-Ortiz, who speaks limited English, has requested an attorney.

Emily Truax said she's paid close attention to the "nerve-wracking" case because her best friend lives in the area. She never returned, and her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half mile from her mother's house.

"I think everyone just wants justice for her, so maybe that can start and a little bit of healing can start" as well, she said.

Authorities received thousands of tips on a dedicated line regarding Marcotte's case.

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