Still no arrests in the murder of a New York City woman who went for a run near her mother's home in central Massachusetts on Sunday and was later found dead in the woods.
The investigation into Vanessa Marcotte's death entered day five on Friday. More than 500 tips have been received, but investigators are still seeking the public's help in identifying the man they believe attacked her. Police believe she put up a fight before she was killed.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. asked for the public's help Thursday in identifying a man with scratches, scrapes or bruises he would have sustained Sunday in a struggle with Marcotte.
Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google account manager, was found dead Sunday night hours after she went for a run near her mother's home in Princeton, a rural town west of Boston. Her body was found naked and burned.
Early said investigators believe the attack happened between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday. He is asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or a vehicle parked in the area of Brooks Station Road during that timeframe to call.
Anonymous tips can be left by calling (508) 453-7589.
As the investigation continues, people who live in the area are looking for healing, comfort and justice.
"Everybody needs God’s comfort in times like this when everybody is kind of traumatized and feeling worried and unsafe," said Jennifer Frye. "It takes you to another level of caution and concern."
"You kind of look at people and think that could possibly be the person," said Julie Egli, who lives near Princeton and is now keeping a watchful eye.
Frye and Egli are helping plan a prayer night Sunday at the Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton. More than 100 people are expected to attend. Egli hopes the event will bring light into a dark, tragic situation.