DNA evidence led to an arrest of a man that police believe killed and raped a woman last seen jogging in Massachusetts last summer, authorities announced Saturday.
“We’re very comfortable that we’ve got Vanessa Marcotte’s killer,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. at a news conference on Saturday, reported the Associated Press.
Marcotte, 27, was found Aug. 7 in the woods not far from her mother’s house, where she was visiting at the time of her death. The Google employee, who lived in New York City, had gone out to run just a few hours earlier.
Police said that Marcotte fought her attacker, and they were able to match DNA from her hands to 31-year-old Angelo Colon-Ortiz, who worked close to Marcotte’s mother’s house at the time of the young woman’s death.
A state trooper noticed that Colon-Ortiz matched the profile of Marcotte’s attacker, and was driving a car that matched the description of a vehicle in the area, according to Early. Colon-Ortiz gave the trooper a voluntary DNA sample, which was matched to the DNA on Marcotte’s hands on Friday.
"It's through her determined fight and her efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer," Early said.
Colin-Ortiz was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape. Early said more charges against Colin-Ortiz are planned.
On Monday, state police clarified to The Boston Globe that Colin-Ortiz is not an illegal immigrant.
He is being held on a $10 million bond.
[Image: Worcester County District Attorney's Office]