Vanessa Marcotte was found dead after she stepped out for a jog on Sunday. Her body was reportedly found by authorities naked with several burns around her body. She was 27 years old.
Marcotte resided in New York City but had been in Massachusetts during the weekend visiting her mother. Marcotte had stepped out for a run at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. After she did not return, her family decided to report her missing at around 3 p.m.
According to a report from Mass Live, Marcotte’s body was found by the Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit later that evening. 12 WISN also reported that Marcotte’s remains were found on the same street where her mother lives. Moreover, reporter Juli McDonald from WCVB said that Marcotte was found without clothes on. There were also a number burns found on her feet, hands and head.
“Preliminary review of the body has led the detectives to believe that this is a homicide investigation,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. during a press conference following the discovery of Marcotte’s body. The investigation is now focusing on a timeframe, specifically the hours between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
An autopsy is currently underway. It is too early in the investigation to determine if Marcotte’s murder was a random act.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Marcotte had been working as an account manager for healthcare in the Google office in New York. Before that, she served as a marketing specialist and Vistaprint and an account management specialist in WordStream. When she was not working, Marcotte also served as a volunteer tutor for Tutoring Plus in Cambridge.
Following her death, a friend described Marcotte as “always smiling – one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.”
Meanwhile, Google released a statement saying, “We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.” She said to be known as a member of the Google team with an “ubiquitous smile.”