Suspect Arrested in August Killing of Runner

Katrina Soto
April 16, 2017

Her hands, feet and part of her head were burned, sources said. "No one ever stopped thinking about Ms. Marcotte and how we could solve this case".

Police arrested Angel Ortiz early Saturday morning, according to the official. It was because Marcotte fought against her attacker that police were able to find him.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in February that DNA evidence showed that the suspect in the killing of Marcotte was a Hispanic or Latino man, about 30 years old, with light to medium-toned skin and an athletic build.

Marcotte was visiting from NY, where she worked as an executive for Google, when she went for a run the afternoon of August 7.

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Marcotte was an account manager for Google in New York City.

Vanessa Marcotte, left, and Karina Vetrano were both out jogging when they were killed a week apart.

After information was put out to the public recently about a possible suspect, a state trooper noticed a driver of a dark SUV in Worcester, Massachusetts, who matched the description of the suspect, Early said at the press conference Saturday.

He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery, and assault with intent to rape. When Colon-Ortiz didn't respond, the trooper later returned to the home and obtained a voluntary DNA sample from Colon-Ortiz.

"On Friday, state police found a match for that DNA, and they determined that the suspect, Colon-Ortiz, was the match", Early said. Colon-Ortiz is being held at the Millbury State Police Barracks and will be arraigned on Tuesday. Police said Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death on August 2, while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.

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