Vanessa Marcotte
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December 22, 2016 03:37 PM

Family members of Vanessa Marcotte called for help in solving the case of the August slaying of the 27-year-old woman, who was found dead in a wooded area near her mother’s Massachusetts home on Aug. 7.

Marcotte, who worked for Google in New York City, went jogging while visiting her mother in Princeton, Massachusetts. Police discovered her burned and naked body after she didn’t return home.

“It has been more than four months since Vanessa was taken from us,” her uncle Steven Therrien read from a statement on Wednesday. “Not a day goes by we don’t reflect on the enormity of our loss.”

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Marcotte’s parents stood behind Therrien while he read the statement outside a church in their hometown.

Therrien said his niece supported volunteerism, which is why the family is in the process of launching the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation. He also announced the family had established a website,, for future updates on the case.

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“On August 7th, 2016, Vanessa was tragically taken from us and we have been dealing with that terrible loss on a daily basis,” the website states. “Ultimately, we want Vanessa to be remembered by the quality of her life, the strength of her character, and the goodness within her heart, not by the tragic circumstances of her death.”

Anyone with information about Marcotte’s case should call the Tip Hotline at 508-453-7589.

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