Slain New York Jogger Remembered at Hometown Vigil

Vanessa Marcotte grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts

Residents of Leominster, Massachusetts, came together on Wednesday to honor the memory of a woman who was killed over the weekend.

Vanessa Marcotte was found murdered Sunday in some woods near her mother's home in Princeton. The 27-year-old, who was living in New York City, was originally from Leominster, where many people turned out for an emotional vigil.

"I know somebody saw something," said Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella. "Somebody has a piece of information."

Residents said they want justice for Marcotte, who was an only child.

"Just hard working, dedicated, loyal good people," said Mazzarella. "The best of the best."

Police said she disappeared sometime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday while she was out jogging. Necn has learned that her last known location may have been in the area of the Mountain Barn Restaurant where employees say the family came in looking for her Sunday after her cell phone pinged at a tower next door.

Marcotte's body was found the same evening, about a half mile from her mother's home.

Those that know the family are in disbelief.

"I don't know how you function as a parent when it's your only child," said family friend, Joanne Damico.

Police said they've received hundreds of tips in the case but still want anyone with information to call them.

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