Murdered Jogger May Have Injured Her Killer

Police believe Vanessa Marcotte fought for her life
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2016 5:24 PM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2016 1:00 AM CDT
Murdered Jogger May Have Injured Her Killer
Vanessa Marcotte   (Worcester County District Attorney's Office via AP)

(Newser) – The 27-year-old woman killed while jogging Sunday in Massachusetts may have fought back against her killer. "We believe that there was struggle between Vanessa and her killer that may have resulted in her killer receiving injuries," Mass Live quotes district attorney Joseph Early as saying Thursday. Those injuries include bruises, scratches, and scrapes, ABC News reports. Anyone who's seen a man with similar injuries in the area around Princeton, Massachusetts, is asked to call authorities. New York resident Vanessa Marcotte disappeared after going jogging Sunday near her mother's Princeton home. Her naked and burned body was found in a wooded area less than half a mile away that night.

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Early says authorities have "made some progress" in the hunt for Marcotte's killer but did not elaborate. Police have so far received more than 300 tips following her death, the Boston Globe reports. Authorities are currently investigating whether Marcotte was sexually assaulted before being killed—the first murder in Princeton in 30 years. (Another New York woman was also killed while jogging last week, and her mother had choice words for the still-at-large killer.)

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