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Marcotte murder suspect not wanted by immigration authorities

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HOPKINTON - The man suspected of murdering Vanessa Marcotte in Princeton last year does not appear to be in the country illegally, State Police said Monday.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz is being held on $10 million cash bail following his arrest this weekend in connection with the murder of Marcotte, who fought fiercely with her attacker before she was murdered while jogging near her mother’s home.

“Based on everything we know at this point, he does not appear to be in any violation of immigration law,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said Monday.

When federal immigration officials are trying to track down someone they believe has violated immigration law, they file what is called a detainer with local law enforcement.

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Procopio said no such detainer was logged into the Massachusetts system by federal authorities.

“Upon booking him, usually it would show up as an alert, but there was nothing on him,” Procopio said.

Colon-Ortiz is to appear in Leominster District Court on Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape. A murder charge will filed soon, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office.

Colon-Ortiz, 31, was working in Princeton around the time of Marcotte’s murder, but Early would not say what type of work he was doing, nor would he say where in the Central Massachusetts town he was working.

Early at a weekend news conference credited Marcotte for helping authorities to solve her murder. Her “determined fight” for life left the DNA of her killer on her hands, he said. Colon-Ortiz was arrested on Friday after a DNA test allegedly linked him to the murder scene.

Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee who lived in New York City, was visiting family in the rural Central Massachusetts town when she was killed Aug. 7. When she didn’t return after an afternoon run, her family called police.

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John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Jan Ransom can be reached at jan.ransom@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jan_Ransom.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the charges faced by Angelo Colon-Ortiz.