The body of Marcotte, who was a Google account manager in New York City, was found near her parents' home in Princeton on August 7, 2016, after she did not return home from an afternoon run.
"We got him", Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said during a press conference Saturday afternoon. Her body was later found in the woods less than a mile from the home. Several outlets are reporting that an arrest was made in the case of Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Boston University grad whose body was found after she went out for a jog while visiting her family in Princeton last August.
Marcotte grew up in Leominster and was working as an account manager for Mountain View, California-based Google in NY.
Authorities have managed so far to charge the suspect with aggravated assault and battery in addition to assault with intent to rape, but expect to bring further charges in the coming days. Colon-Ortiz gave the troopers a buccal swab, which was used to match his DNA.
"It's through her determined fight and her efforts that we obtained the DNA of her killer", Early said.
He was being held Saturday at the state police barracks in Millbury and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
In February, the DNA evidence helped authorities develop a profile of the suspect. Scientists at the private Parabon NanoLab crafted the profile, describing a 30-year-old Hispanic or Latino man with an athletic build and very short hair. The suspect was thought to have been driving a dark-colored SUV on the day of Marcotte's murder.
Law enforcement agencies have received more than 1,000 tips relating to the case.