Suspect in death of Massachusetts runner held without bail

Angelo Colon-Ortiz

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home has pleaded not guilty.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was held without bail after entering his plea to a murder charge Wednesday in the death last summer of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte.

During his court appearance, he was allowed to remain out of sight at the request of his lawyer, who cited an “identification issue.”

Angelo Colon-Ortiz

Marcotte was visiting her mother in Princeton, Massachusetts, last August when she failed to return from a run. Her body was found hours later in a nearby wooded area.

The 31-year-old Colon-Ortiz, of Worcester, was arrested in April. Prosecutors say his DNA matched samples from Marcotte’s body.