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Missing UNH Student Lizzi Marriott Dead; Man Arrested

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1  Updated at 11:55 am, October 13th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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The Marriot Family(NEW YORK) — Missing University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott is dead, and police have arrested a man in connection with her death, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, was arrested in connection with Marriott’s death, but her body has yet to be recovered, authorities said during a news conference.

Police had established a crime scene on Pierce Island in Portsmouth, N.H. Friday night, where WCVB reported a body was found, and the New Hampshire Union Leader reported the police work was related to the search for Marriott.

Investigators were also searching a Dover, N.H apartment for evidence, according to the Metro West Daily News.

Marriott, 19, was last seen on Tuesday, and she texted a friend to say she would stop by another friend’s home just after 10 p.m. but never arrived. She did not show up for her job at Target on Wednesday and was not in class on Thursday.

“This is a parent’s nightmare — not knowing,” Marriott’s father, Bob, told WCVB-TV, ABC’s Boston affiliate before police found his daughter dead.

“There are so many what-ifs that I don’t want to think about right now,” Marriott said. “Her cell phone showed up in Dover, N.H., a little bit after 10 p.m. She made it to Dover, but she didn’t make it to the house.”

The UNH homecoming festivities, which are taking place this weekend, were halted for an announcement to ask fans for information and help.

Volunteers spent Friday distributing fliers with her photo, a description and a $10,000 reward for her safe return. A team of law enforcement officers including the FBI and the state Attorney General’s Office had been searching Dover, Chester and Portsmouth, N.H.

Marriott’s uncle, Anthony Hanna, told ABCNews.com on Friday that police were looking through Marriott’s phone and computer for information to help with the search, but it’s possible she was in a car accident. Marriott lives with Hanna and her aunt in Chester and commutes to UNH in Dover.

“We’re not ruling out that she was an inexperienced driver and may have just driven off the side of the road. It’s quite a distance. And we’re trying to coordinate a search,” he said.

Marriott, a marine biology major, has blond hair, blue eyes, and is about five-foot-five and 130 pounds. She drives a tan 2001 Mazda Tribute.

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  • CLee

    It is with sadness that Lizzi’s missing status has been converted from a missing person to a death investigation. However, your headline needs corrected as her earthly body has not yet been found. NH authorities are working diligently to locate her and bring home to her family for a proper burial. However, at this time, she has not been located. While many are very upset and demanding answers as to “how” the AG office is aware that she was strangled or suffocated and what leads them to the waters in Portsmouth, NH, they need to know that it is part of the investigation and that all possible is being done. The AG findings are part of a criminal investigation and they will not release any information that would be used in their prosecution. Lizzi’s family would not want that to happen, either. They are going to want justice and not want to risk any evidence being “thrown out” in a court of law because the public is demanding answers sooner than can be presented. Keep the family, friends and loved ones of Lizzi Marriott in your prayers…and have faith that the authorities are doing their job and doing it well. Their priority is to bring Lizzi home.
    Respectfully,
    Cynthia Caron
    President/Founder
    LostNMissing Inc
    New Hampshire