Family of murdered Mass. jogger speaks out for the first time, makes a plea for more information


The family of a jogger who was found dead in the woods west of Boston spoke for the first time Wednesday after her murder, and made a new plea for more information.

Rossana and John Marcotte, the parents of Vanessa Marcotte, were assisted by Steven and Diega Therrien, Vanessa’s uncle and aunt, in the front of the First Congregational Church in Princeton, Mass., Fox 25 Boston reported.

Marcotte was attacked and killed in a wooded area off Brooks Station Road in Princeton on Aug. 7 when she went for a run. The New York City resident, grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts, and was visiting her mother for the weekend.

Steven Therrien spoke on behalf of the family, saying that Vanessa had done a lot in 27 years, but still had much more to do.

“Not a day goes by that we do not think about the enormity of the loss,” Therrien told reporters.

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He said that Vanessa is embracing the spirit of volunteering, and her family has set up a website in her honor, in addition to a foundation, Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation, in support of those causes.

“So that you can learn more about Vanessa and the cause that is close to her heart,” Therrien said.

The family urged anyone with information to contact the Police, and also thanked the community for their support.

“If the Massachusetts State Police and Princeton police continue to investigate Vanessa’s murder, we urge anyone with information to call the state police hot line to 508-453-7589,” Therrien said.

He also said that the family “to share developments in the research, we learn them” through the new website.

“All the future reactions of our family will also be posted on the website,” he added.

There are no arrests or the name of suspects in Marcotte the murder, but the police have said more than 1,000 tips have poured in over the matter.

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