Massachusetts jogger fought attacker before her death, detectives say

Detectives have determined that there was a struggle between the Princeton, Massachusetts, jogger and her killer, and are asking the public for help.

Officials said the assailant, a man, likely suffered scratches and bruises during the struggle with Vanessa Marcotte. Anyone who has noticed someone with suspicious scratches or bruises should call the tip line.

Marcotte, 27, was raped and murdered in Princeton while on an afternoon jog Sunday. Police have been working around the clock to find the killer. They are not sure if it was random or not.

The district attorney also said they have refined the timeline of Marcotte's death the between 1 and 3 p.m. Anybody who saw any vehicle parked on Blue Station Road during that time Sunday is asked to call the tip line.

A manager at the Mountain Barn restaurant said that Mass State Police detectives came to the restaurant Sunday evening to question employees. The restaurant is next to a cell phone tower.

There was also an active scene Thursday in the woods near where Marcotte's body was found. This time, investigators were focused on an area about a half-mile south of where the search was concentrated Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vanessa Marcotte tip line at (508) 453-7589.

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