Investigates: Arrest made in connection with death of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte
- Author: Alfonso Moody Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 2:14
Vetrano, 30, was also out jogging when she vanished, though no solid connections were ever made between the two murders.
State police arrested a suspect early Saturday morning, according to the source.
She was found dead on August 7, 2016, near Brooks Station Road in Princeton, just a few hours after her family said she went for a jog. He is reportedly being held at Massachusetts State Police barracks in Millbury on $1 million bail.
"We got him", Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said at a press conference.
Police later visited the driver's residence, and eventually obtained a voluntary DNA sample through a mouth swab. DA Early said an alert state trooper in Worcester saw a man and a auto that matched the Marcotte murder suspect's description, and did a cheek DNA swab test that eventually led to Ortiz's arrest. Her body was later found in the woods less than a mile from the home. Early says more charges are expected.More news: Boris Johnson calls off Russian Federation visit
He added that the DNA was not the same as the DNA in the case of Karina Vetrano, a jogger who was killed in New York City days before Marcotte died. Her body was stripped and had burn marks, according to authorities, though her cause of death has not been released.
The case rocked the rural town in Central Massachusetts, generating national media attention and 1,300 tips to the hotline.
Princeton residents said they're relieved to hear about an arrest in the case.
"We're very comfortable that we've got Vanessa Marcotte's killer", Early said.
Ortiz is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Leominster District Court.