District attorney: New developments in slain jogger case

The Investigation Into Vanessa Marcotte's Murder

Sources confirmed the arrest earlier in the day.

She went for a run on the afternoon of August 7, and she was reported missing when she didn't return home as expected.

"Ms. Marcotte's family waited, waited and hoped", said Col. Rick McKeon of Massachusetts State Police.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference Saturday, after TV news stations reported an arrest related to the slaying of Leominster native Vanessa Marcotte, who was murdered August 7 while jogging near her mother's home. When she didn't return after an afternoon run, her family called police, who discovered her body in the woods off a two-lane road, a half-mile from her mother's home. He said that trooper also noticed the driver matched the profile released in February, which determined the suspect in Marcotte's killing was a Hispanic or Latino man, about 30 years old, with light- to medium-toned skin, an athletic build and is either balding or has short hair.

Although Ortiz has not been formally charged with murder yet, Early said he anticipates a murder charge soon, and referenced Ortiz as Marcotte's "killer".

Emily Truax said she's paid close attention to the "nerve-wracking" case because her best friend lives in the area.




Her body was found at about 8 p.m. She had been sexually assaulted and her hands, feet and head were burned.

A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a Google executive from New York, Massachusetts officials said Saturday.

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

The arrest in the case came as a relief to many in Princeton, a close-knit community of just over 3,000.

He is being held in police custody and will be arraigned in Leominster District Court.

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