(NEW YORK) — Authorities in New York and Massachusetts do not believe the murders of two young women within the past week are related but police in both states are working together to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths.
The first killing happened on Aug. 2 in Queens, New York, when Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.
Then on Aug. 7, Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a resident of New York City, was killed near her mother’s home in Princeton, Massachusetts, a town located about 60 miles west of Boston.
No arrests have been made in either case.
At a community meeting in Queens Monday night, the New York Police Department told residents that no suspects have been identified in Vetrano’s murder. Detectives have chased about two dozen leads, police said.
Vetrano’s funeral was held Saturday. On Sunday, Vetrano’s parents vowed that justice would be served.
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, an autopsy was pending Monday for Marcotte, whose body was found Sunday night, hours after she went missing from a jog. It was not clear whether her murder was a random act, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said.
Marcotte was an account manager at Google in New York. A Google representative told ABC News, “Vanessa Marcotte was a much loved member of the Google team, working in our New York office for the last year and a half and known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Her alma mater, Boston University, paid tribute to her as well.
“We’re so terribly sad for her family and friends,” said Colin Riley, the executive director of media relations at Boston University. “They’re in our thoughts and prayers.”
A candlelight vigil will be held for Marcotte Tuesday evening.
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