Days after a second grade teacher was found dead in her Massachusetts home, authorities announced that her husband has been charged with her murder.
Police found Vanessa MacCormack's body in the couple's Revere home on Saturday. They say her husband, 29-year-old Andrew MacCormack, beat, stabbed, and strangled her, before going to great lengths to get rid of evidence before he called 911.
Police say Andrew was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday in connection with his wife's weekend death. They say they conducted a number of interviews and had the help of private and public cameras in the area.
Vanessa was a new mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a second grade teacher. The 30-year-old was beloved, and her one-year-old child is with family at this time.
Calling Vanessa's murder "a crime of domestic violence," District Attorney Dan Conley said his office withheld information from the public as investigators gathered evidence.
"We're extremely grateful for the cooperation of witnesses and partner agencies who helped us build this case," he said.
Prosecutors said Andrew MacCormack called 911 on Saturday afternoon, prompting a police response to their Grand View Avenue home, where they found Vanessa MacCormack's body.
According to the medical examiner's office, she had sustained a blunt force injury to the head, sharp force injuries to the neck and asphyxiation. Prosecutors said the killer had disposed of items in attempt to clean up the crime scene.
"After a thorough, open-ended investigation, it was clear that those facts and evidence led to one person and one person only - and he is now under arrest," Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon said Tuesday.
Andrew is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Chelsea District Court. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Vanessa, 30, had taught at Connery Elementary School in Lynn for five years, and in the Lynn school district for a total of seven years.
The school principal said Monday the school's community was "heartbroken" over her death.
"Vanessa was loved by students, parents and colleagues. She was involved in every aspect of the school and a great friend to everyone on staff," said Dr. Mary Dill.
"She's just an amazing teacher. She's very outgoing - always happy," said Sarort Poum, the aunt of a student. "My nephew was really sad. He didn't believe me."