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New York Google Employee Killed While Jogging in Massachusetts: Officials

By Ben Fractenberg | August 8, 2016 5:48pm | Updated on August 9, 2016 8:48am

MANHATTAN — A woman who worked at Google’s New York office was found murdered in Massachusetts this past weekend after going for a jog, according to officials and reports.

Vanessa Marcotte, 27, was visiting her mother in Princeton, Massachusetts, when she went for a jog at about 1 p.m. Sunday, the New York Daily News reported. She was found dead seven hours later in the woods about a half mile from her family home.

There were no immediate suspects, a spokesman for the Worcester County District Attorney’s office said.

The 27-year-old woman was reportedly missing clothing when she was found and suffered burns to her head, feet and hands.

Marcotte’s death comes after the recent killing of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was sexually assaulted and strangled while going for a run in Howard Beach on Aug. 2.

Investigators do not have any evidence that the two killings are connected, the DA’s spokesman said.

Vanessa Marcotte (left) and Karina Vetrano

Vanessa Marcotte (left) and Karina Vetrano (Credit: Instagram)

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said Monday at a meeting about Vetrano's murder investigation that they were in communication with Massachusetts police.

"We have been in discussions with our law enforcement partners down in Massachusetts. We are comparing notes," he told Howard Beach neighbors who asked about the similarities.

"We are comparing evidence, we are comparing notes."

Google described Marcotte as a popular employee engaged with her community.

“Vanessa Marcotte was a much loved member of the Google team, working in our New York office for the last year and a half, and known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work, and love of Boston sports,” the company said in a statement. “We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”