Massachusetts police investigating the August unsolved death of Google employee Vanessa Marcotte announced Wednesday they are searching for a dark-colored SUV in connection with the case.
The vehicle was seen near the woods where Marcotte’s body was found, stripped naked and burned, hours after she went for an afternoon jog near her family’s home in Princeton, Massachusetts, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. announced Wednesday in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.
“The dark-colored SUV was seen by witnesses parked on Brooks Station Road on Aug. 7 around the time the murder is thought to have occurred,” Early says in the release. “It was parked near where Ms. Marcotte’s body was found.”
Marcotte lived in New York City while working for Google, but frequently went home to visit her family in Princeton, about an hour west of Boston,
During a visit to her mother’s home on August 7, she was last seen “walking or running” along a long stretch of Brooks Station Road, which is not far from her mother’s home, officials have said.
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When she failed to return home, her family notified police and filed a missing persons report at 3:50 p.m. At 8:20 p.m., police found her body in the woods off of Brooks Station Road.
Marcotte put up a desperate struggle, likely leaving her killer bruised and scratched, Early said at an August press conference.
Marcotte grew up in nearby Leominster, and attended the Bancroft School in Worcester before graduating from Boston University in 2011.
Investigators have received more than 1,000 hotline tips about the case, the statement says.
Investigators assigned to this case “welcome any and all information about men who had access to a dark-colored SUV on Aug. 7 and were in or around Princeton,” the statement says.
Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 508-453-7589.