Police made an arrest on late Friday night in connection with the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, a Google executive who was found dead in Princeton in 2016, after going out for a jog.
The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts State Police arrested Angel Cordero Ortiz, 31, in connection with Marcotte’s death, although he’s not yet been officially charged. He’s currently being held at the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Millbury
“We got him. This has been a roller-coaster all along,” Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said
— David Bienick (@BienickWCVB) April 15, 2017
On August 7, 2016, police found Marcotte, a Boston University graduate, naked with her hands and legs bound, in a wooded area near her mother’s Princeton home. Investigators determined that Marcotte was sexually assaulted, but put up a fight and struggled with the suspect before her death. Because of the struggle, investigators were able to obtain DNA from the suspect, who was likely bruised and scratched during the attack.
In February, the DNA evidence helped authorities develop a profile of the suspect. They added that the suspect was likely the same person driving a dark-colored SUV in the area around the time Marcotte was murdered.
An officer in Worcester spotted the same type vehicle being driven by a man who fit the profile of the suspect. He eventually obtained a DNA sample from the driver, identified as Ortiz, and it was a match.
“It was through (Marcotte’s) determined fight and efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer,” Early said to a crowd of applauding people.
Police said that Ortiz, who needs an interpreter for communication, is being cooperative. He’s scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday at the Leominster District Court.
[Feature Photo: Police Handout]