On August 7, 2016, 27 year-old Vanessa Marcotte was found burned to death near her mother’s home in Worcester County. Friday, police detained her alleged killer.
Angel Cordero Ortiz, 31, was arrested Friday night by Massachusetts State Police, almost a month after Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. stated a massive DNA connection was made.
Marcotte, a graduate of Boston University, had been working for Google as an account manager at the time of her murder. Visiting from New York, Marcotte was snatched while out on an afternoon run, and sexually assaulted. Her hands, head and feet were burned, and her naked body was found later that night in wooded area a half mile outside of her mother’s home in Princeton.
Police did not disclose the manner in which the DNA profile was found, only to say that the sample was acquired in the investigatory process. The DNA sample suggested the killer was close to 30 years in age and of Hispanic descent.
Witnesses noticed a man fitting such a profile driving a darker SUV around the Princeton neighborhood around the same time Marcotte was eventually taken.
A statement read by Marcotte’s uncle Steven Therrien on December 31 revealed a young woman with so much already accomplished, and with more still to be done.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t reflect on the enormity of our loss. She had already achieved much but we know she had much more to do”
“She was a loving caring intelligent young women who had her whole life ahead of her.”
Ortiz is currently being held at a police location in Millbury on $10 million bail. He has not yet been formally charged with Marcotte’s death.
The following news report came out when police announced they had obtained DNA and had a better description of the killer.
H/T: The Daily Mail
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