BU Grad Found Dead After Jogging in Princeton

27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was visiting from New York City.

On Sunday evening, 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was found dead in the woods along a quiet road in Princeton, Mass.

The Boston University graduate had been visiting from New York City, spending time with her mother in the town outside of Worcester. After she didn’t return home from a jog on Sunday, Marcotte’s family called the police. According to the Boston Globe, within a few hours, she was discovered about a half of a mile from her mother’s home on Brooks Station Road. An official told the Globe her body was partially burned. It is not yet clear whether she was sexually assaulted.

Marcotte worked as an account executive at Google. A native of Leominster, Mass., she graduated from the Bancroft School in Worcester in 2007 and from BU in 2011. Her death has rattled the small town of Princetown, where residents have expressed worries about the potential danger of a killer on the loose. Police are still determining whether Marcotte was targeted or if it was a random act.

“I must stress that we do not know if this was a random act,” said Joseph D. Early Jr., district attorney for Worcester County, at a press conference. “We are asking residents of Princeton and surrounding areas to use an abundance of caution. We are asking the public to be careful and to be vigilant.”

Early did not say how Marcotte was killed.

Former employers and colleagues have turned to social media to remember Marcotte, who has been described as friendly, smart, and creative.

Google released a statement regarding Marcotte’s death.

“Vanessa Marcotte was a much loved member of the Google team, working in our New York office for the last year and a half, and known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work, and love of Boston sports,” reads the company’s statement. “We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

You can read the full Boston Globe story here.