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NYPD ‘Comparing Evidence’ With Mass. Police After Second Jogger’s Murder

By  Kathleen Culliton and Katie Honan | August 9, 2016 2:38pm 

 Vanessa Marcotte (left) and Karina Vetrano.
Vanessa Marcotte (left) and Karina Vetrano.
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NEW YORK CITY — NYPD detectives are working with Massachusetts police to see if there is any connection between the killings of jogger Karina Vetrano and a second runner.

Vetrano, 30, was found in Howard Beach, Queens, on Aug. 2.  The body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, who worked in Google’s New York office, was found in Princeton, Massachusetts on Aug. 7, according to the NYPD and the Worcester County District Attorney's office.

Both women disappeared while running in secluded areas and both were found hours later with their clothes moved.

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said that the NYPD was communicating with Massachusetts police. He was speaking at a community meeting about the investigation into Vetrano's murder on Monday.

"We have been in discussions with our law enforcement partners down in Massachusetts," said Kemper.

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

Kemper said the Howard Beach investigation is still active and has included interviews with hundreds of people, including sex offenders who live in the area.

He said so far no evidence has been found linking the two deaths. 

The Princeton, Massachusetts police department and district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

No suspects had been identified in the Vetrano case as of Tuesday afternoon, New York City police said.