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DNA key in accused Google exec killer's arrest
By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 07:51 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017 07:57 PM EDT
Doomed Google exec Vanessa Marcotte’s heroic and desperate fight for life played a key role in bringing her suspected killer to justice, cops say.
Detectives near Boston, MA, arrested Angel Colon-Ortiz, 31, for the grisly sex slaying last Aug. 7.
Colon-Ortiz remains a mystery.
Police told the Boston Herald they haven’t determined whether the Worcester man was in the United States illegally.
Other outlets reported he was illegally in the country because he was reportedly born in Puerto Rico.
“We have been in communication with Homeland Security Investigations. They have no file on him,” State police spokesman David Procopio told the Herald.
“To this point, we have no information that suggests he is in the country illegally. The investigation into that question is not absolutely completed, but at this point the information we have indicates that is his name, and, to this point, there is no indication of any immigration violation.”
Cops are crediting Marcotte with helping to nail Colon-Ortiz.
The 27-year-old jogger — who lived in New York and was visiting her mother — put up a ferocious fight, which helped cops obtain his DNA from her hands. Detectives claim the suspect’s DNA is a match.
Marcotte had gone for a jog near her mother’s home when she was attacked, raped, murdered and her body set on fire.
Colon-Ortiz will be arraigned Tuesday. He has been charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said a murder charge would be added.
“We’re very comfortable we’ve got Vanessa Marcotte’s killer,” Early alleged.
The case appeared to be going cold when cops got a lucky break in mid-March. Colon-Ortiz was driving a dark SUV when he was spotted by a state trooper who recognized the profile of Marcotte’s suspected killer.
The quick-thinking cop took down the license and later obtained an oral DNA swab for the suspect at his home.
A 27-year-old Google manager who went jogging near her mother’s home in a small Massachusetts town was found raped, murdered and with burn marks on her body on Aug. 7, 2016. (Instagram photo/Postmedia Network)

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