(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Conley talking to a crowd of media outside the courthouse.
By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff
Authorities combined high-tech investigation techniques with old-fashioned street savvy to track Philip Markoff, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said today.
Conley said Markoff had opened an e-mail account on April 13, the day before Julissa Brisman, a 26-year-old New York woman, was killed at the Marriott Copley Hotel.
Conley said police contacted Markoff’s Internet-service provider and tracked him through his e-mail with Brisman to his high-rise apartment in Quincy.
“Then the police begin a very thorough -- as I describe it, a shoe-leather investigation,’’ Conley said. “They put his house under surveillance. They see Philip Markoff. He matches the description, and the case just begins to build from that.’’
Police had been watching his place all weekend while chasing other leads, according to a law enforcement official. They didn't immediately go after him because they were trying to rule out other tips, the official said.
A search of his apartment yielded a firearm, restraints, and duct tape, Conley said at a news conference after Markoff's arraignment in Boston Municipal Court.
Police arrested Markoff in a Toyota Corolla Monday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Walpole.