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New York Woman Slain While Jogging Near Mother's Home In Massachusetts

         A New York City woman was murdered over the weekend while jogging in the central Massachusetts town of Princeton.

        A State Police K-9 unit Sunday night found the body of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte in woods about a half-mile from her mother’s house. 

       Worcester District Attorney Joe Early said the woman’s family reported her missing after she went out jogging alone about 1 p.m. Sunday and did not return for several hours.

       " We do believe this is a homicide," said Early, who added " We can not tell  whether or not this was a random act at this point, so we are asking the residents of Princeton and surrounding towns to be a bit vigilent."

        Marcotte grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University in 2011. She was employed by Google as an account manager.

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