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NYC woman found dead after leaving for jog in Massachusetts

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PRINCETON, Mass. — Investigators say a New York City woman who disappeared on a jog while visiting her mother in Massachusetts has been found slain in the woods.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Monday that 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was reported missing in Princeton after failing to return Sunday afternoon.

Police said Marcotte was known to go both walking and jogging, and multiple reports indicate she had gone to do the latter when she was last seen.

Marcotte's body was found Sunday night by a state police canine unit about a half-mile from her mother's home. Authorities say her death appears to be a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled.

Early says, "People should be concerned." Police Chief Michele Powers is urging town residents to remain vigilant.

No other details were immediately released.

The rural town of Princeton has about 3,500 residents and is 40 miles west of Boston. Early says Marcotte grew up in nearby Leominster.