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DNA led investigators to a suspect in the murder of a Massachusetts jogger

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Authorities announced Saturday afternoon that they've made an arrest in the 2016 murder of a 27-year-old Google employee, according to ABC News.

Vanessa Marcotte went on a jog in broad daylight on Aug. 7 near her mother's home in Princeton, Massachusetts, and never returned. Her body was found later that evening about a half mile from her home.


Angel Colon-Ortiz, 31, was arrested in connection with the killing, police announced during Saturday's press conference.

It’s through her determined fight and her efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer.
Joseph Early Jr.

"We got him," Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said. 

Throughout the investigation, authorities maintained that they believed Marcotte fought her attacker. Early said DNA taken from Marcotte's hands during an autopsy helped lead them to Colon-Ortiz. 

Investigators recently released information about a possible suspect and an observant state trooper spotted a driver who matched that description. 

The trooper wrote the license plate number for the dark SUV he spotted in Worcester, Massachusetts, on his hand and that led to Colon-Ortiz's arrest late Friday. 

Colon-Ortiz is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape. Early added that more charges are expected. 


The suspect is being held at the state police barracks in Millbury on a $10 million bond, according to USA Today. Colon-Ortiz is scheduled to appear in Leominster District Court Tuesday. 

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