Police looking into the killing of two young women who were raped and murdered while out jogging haven’t ruled out a connection between the two deaths.
Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google account manager, went missing while out jogging close to her mum’s Massachusetts home on Sunday, The Mirror reports.
Her body was found by a team of police dogs in a wood half a mile from the house in Princeton, she’d been sexually assaulted and had burns on her hands, feet and head.
Her death comes just days after another jogger was sexually assaulted and killed while out running in Queens.
Karina Vetrano, 30, was found face down on an overgrown path in Howard Beach, in Queens, New York.
The similarities between the two attacks have sparked fears of a serial killer and police are refusing to rule out any possible links between the killings.
Peter Donald an NYPD spokesman told The New York Post:
We haven’t ruled anything out. We’re going to continue to investigate this case and follow the leads where they take us.
Meanwhile Worcester County (Massachusetts) District Attorney Joseph Early Jr also hinted at a connection between the killings.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference he said: “We understand there are similarities.We’re approaching this from every angle. We’re fairly early in this investigation.”
Vetrano’s parents, Cathy and Phillip, paid tribute to their ‘magical’ daughter in a statement outside their home.
Her father said:
Eleven was her favourite number. She loved butterflies, she loved rainbows, she loved nature, and that’s what represents. She loved cats, also.
Meanwhile Google, Marcotte’s employer, said that Vanessa was a much loved member of the Google who was known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. Their thoughts are with her friends and family.
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