Authorities say they're seeking a dark SUV in connection with the slaying of a New York City woman who was killed while she was jogging in Massachusetts this summer.
The Worcester County District Attorney's Office said witnesses have told detectives about a dark SUV that had been parked on Brooks Station Road in Princeton around the time of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte's death on Aug. 7.
The former Google employee's body was found in the woods off of the road, not far from her family's home.
Marcotte had been out for a run that afternoon and was reported missing when she didn't return.
Authorities say state police detectives and local police have already received more than 1,000 tips through a dedicated tip line.
Ray Leroux, who lives next door to Marcotte's mom, said police revisted homes on Tuesday night.
"They just stopped by. They were going over all the evidence and interviewing all the neighbors," Leroux recalled. "They just asked whether we had seen anything that particular day, anything strange different, which we didn't."
Leroux said investigators took DNA from all the neighbors in the days following Marcotte's murder.
"They came to the house and took a sample of saliva, stuff like that, tried to rule out as much as they could I guess," he said.
Residents are hoping the new lead will shed some light on the unsolved case.
"I think it gives the town some hope that they're getting closer to finding someone," said Katherine Huck, who works at Mountainside Market. "Any leads are good, and I think it predicts some progress towards a finish."
Marcotte's death came five days after a similar killing in New York City. Karina Vetrano was running near her home in Howard Beach, Queens, when she was sexually assaulted, strangled and left for dead in a marshy area off a trail at Gateway National Recreation Area.
No arrests have been made in Vetrano's death, but her family has raised more than $285,000 for a reward leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information regarding men who had access to a dark-colored SUV on Aug. 7 and were in or around Princeton is asked to call 508-453-7589.