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Slain NYC Google employee struggled with attacker, police say

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BOSTON — Investigators probing the killing of a New York City woman who went for a run near her mother's home in central Massachusetts and later was found dead in the woods say she was attacked by a man and may have injured him in a struggle.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. asked for the public's help Thursday identifying a man with scratches, scrapes or bruises sustained Sunday.

Victim Vanessa Marcotte was a 27-year-old Google account manager. She was found dead Sunday night hours after she went for a run near her mother's home in Princeton, a rural town west of Boston.

Early says investigators believe the attack happened Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. He asks people to report any cars that were on a nearby country road called Brooks Station Road then.

According to WCVB, a source close to the investigation said Marcotte was found without her clothes and had burns on her head, feet, and hands.

The death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is underway.

In a press conference on Monday, Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. stressed that it was still early in the investigation and that they're unsure if the act was random.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Marcotte had been at Google since January 2015 and was working as part of the company's health care division.

"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," a Google spokesperson said. "We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Marcotte graduated with honors in 2011 from Boston University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications.

Boston University's executive director of media relations, Colin Riley, sent an email statement to CNNMoney expressing condolences for her loved ones.

"We're so terribly sad for her family and friends. They're in our thoughts and prayers."