Google employee found dead after going for a run

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Police in Massachusetts say a 27-year-old woman was killed this weekend after she went for a run near her mother's home.

Vanessa Marcotte was found dead in Princeton Sunday night, seven hours after she was reported missing. An exact cause of death has not been determined, but authorities are treating her death as a homicide.

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Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. told reporters, "We do believe this is a homicide. We cannot tell whether or not it was a random act at this point, so we're asking the residents of Princeton and the surrounding areas to be vigilant."

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PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: A photo of victim Vanessa Marcotte was shown to the press in Princeton, Mass., Aug. 8, 2016. Marcotte, a 27-year-old New York City woman, was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. (at podium) was joined by Princeton police chief Michele Powers (left) as he spoke to the media at Princeton Police Station in Princeton, Mass., Aug. 8, 2016. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: Princeton Police Chief Michele Powers speaks to the media at Princeton Police Station, joined by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D Early Jr. (left), Aug. 8, 2016. A 27-year-old New York City woman was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: State Police search the woods off Boylston Avenue in Princeton for evidence, Aug. 8, 2016. A 27-year-old New York City woman was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: Terry Hart, a Princeton resident, talks to the media at the police station on Aug. 8, 2016, about the murder of a 27-year-old New York City woman was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: A police officer stands at the scene of a missing person turned death investigation in Princeton, Mass., Aug. 8, 2016. A 27-year-old New York City woman was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PRINCETON, MA - AUGUST 8: Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., spoke to the media at Princeton Police Station in Princeton, Mass., Aug. 8, 2016. A 27-year-old New York City woman was killed Sunday while jogging alone on a wooded road about a half-mile from her mothers home. A State Police K-9 unit found the body of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a 2011 Boston University graduate who grew up in Leominster and worked at Google, in the woods off Brooks Station Road at 8:20 p.m., several hours after her family reported that she had gone missing. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Police sources told MassLive Marcotte's body was found naked, with burn marks on her head, hands and feet. Police are still investigating whether Marcotte was sexually assaulted.

A Massachusetts native, Marcotte lived in New York City where she worked as an account manager for Google. The company released a statement saying it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the news.

Google described Marcotte as "a much-loved member of the Google team ... known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports."

Marcotte's death comes just one week after another New York City woman, Karina Vetrano, was found dead after going missing during an afternoon jog in Queens. Authorities told WABC there's "nothing at this point" that connects the two cases.

Princeton's police chief told reporters this is the town's first homicide in nearly 30 years. Authorities are urging Princeton residents to be cautious and report any suspicious information or tips.

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