Vanessa Marcotte was visiting her mother in Princeton in August when she went for an afternoon run. Hours later, her body would be found along Station Brooks Road.

By Michael Levenson

PRINCETON — A DNA sample found in the woods where a young woman was murdered last summer while jogging in Central Massachusetts has helped authorities develop the first description of what her killer might look like.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Thursday that an analysis of the sample, combined with descriptions given by witnesses who may have seen the suspect, indicates the man is Hispanic with an athletic build, light to medium skin, average height, and about 30 years old.

The “person of interest,” as Early called him, probably had a shaved head or very short hair, as well as scratches on his face, neck, arms, hands, and upper body sustained during a struggle with the victim, Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee who lived in New York City and was visiting family in Princeton when she was killed on Aug. 7.

The man is also believed to have been driving a dark-colored SUV at the time of the crime, Early said.

Early called the development of the physical description a very significant break in the case and urged anyone who might know the man to call an anonymous tip line, 508-453-7589.





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