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Nearly 600 Tips Received in Case of Murdered Mass. Jogger

'No amount of information is too small or insignificant,' say police



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    A police car blocks off roadways in Princeton, Massachusetts, while authorities searched for Vanessa Marcotte. Marcotte's body was found Sunday, August 7, in the woods.

    Nearly a week after the murder of a New York City woman, police in Princeton, Massachusetts, have still not made an arrest but continue to get tips.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was found murdered in some woods near her mother's home last Sunday, hours after not returning from a jog. Her body was found naked and burned.

    State police said Saturday they have received nearly 600 tips via their phone line so far and are continuing to investigate every angle. Investigators are asking the public to call the tip line if they recall seeing anything suspicious or a vehicle parked in the area between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday near Brooks Station Road.

    On Thursday, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said investigators believe Marcotte put up a fight before she was killed and think the suspect would have sustained scratches, scrapes or bruises.

    Dave Procopio, spokesperson for Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement on Saturday that 'no amount of information was too small or insignificant.'

    "Every piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to the bearer, has potential value to our efforts to secure justice for Ms. Marcotte and her loved ones," he said.

    Anonymous tips can be left by calling (508) 453-7589.

    Funeral services for Marcotte will be held Tuesday, August 16, at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoonsnoc Road, Fitchburg, with a Mass celebrated in Our Lady of the Lake Church at 1400 Main Street, Leominster.

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