Google employee found dead, police launch homicide probe

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PRINCETON, Mass. — A young Google account manager was killed on Sunday.

Vanessa Marcotte, 27, was found dead near her mother’s home in Princeton, a small town of fewer than 3,500 people.

Marcotte, who lives in New York City, was visiting her mother for the weekend.

She’d gone out for a walk or a run in the afternoon. Her family reported her missing around 3 p.m. when she didn’t return home as expected, according to Maureen Lynch, administrative assistant at the Princeton Police Department.

Her body was found just after 8 p.m. by canine units in a wooded area on Brooks Station Road, the same street where her mother lives.

The death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is underway.

In a press conference on Monday, Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. stressed that it was still early in the investigation and that they’re unsure if the act was random.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Marcotte had been at Google since January 2015 and was working as part of the company’s health care division. She was a 2011 graduate of Boston University.

Google did not immediately respond to request for comment.