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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:01 pm

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN (@GoldmanRussell)
Oct. 12, 2012

Police are searching the computer and cellphone records of a missing college sophomore, hoping to find leads in a mysterious disappearance that has gripped a New Hampshire college town.

An army of volunteers are fanning out today around Dover, N.H., posting missing person fliers and searching for signs of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott.

Volunteers plan to distribute 2,500 fliers today alone, according to family members.

Marriott, a marine biology major at the University of New Hampshire, was last heard from on Tuesday after texting a friend that she was on her way to another friend's home.

"Police are trying to gather any information they can from her computer, her laptop and phones. They want to know who she was communicating with and see her last messages," said Anthony Hanna, Marriott's uncle with whom she lived in Chester, N.H.

"[The police] have leads they're working on. I can't say too much because they're not telling us who they're looking at necessarily, but they're going through her stuff and her contacts," Hanna told ABC News.

Hanna said he did not believe police had any one person in particular they were focused on and did not rule out that Marriott may have been involved in an accident.

"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 was last heard from at 8:55 pm on Tuesday. She did not show up for work at a Target on Wednesday or attend class on Thursday. Her cellphone appears to be off or dead. She commuted to school from her uncle and aunt's home.

The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information.

"She was a very good student with a pleasant personality," said Hanna. "She volunteered at the aquarium and wanted to be a marine biologist. She's a sweet kid and a very pretty girl with a lot of enthusiasm and was excited about earning her degree."

According to a missing-person poster provided by the Chester Police Department, is 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds. She drives a tan Mazda Tribute SUV.

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Family of missing Westborough girl offers $10,000 reward

10/12/2012 12:52 PM

By Sarah N. Mattero, Globe Correspondent

A $10,000 reward has been offered by the Westborough family of a University of New Hampshire student who has been missing since Tuesday, a friend of the family said.

Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, 19, sent a text message saying she was driving to a friend’s house in Dover, N.H., around 9 p.m. Tuesday. She has not been heard from since, police said in a statement.

Marriott is currently living with her aunt and uncle in Chester, N.H., so she can attend the university in Durham, N.H., said Sue Mahoney, a friend of the family.

Marriott drives a tan 2001 Mazda Tribute with New Hampshire license plates that read 304-5397, Mahoney said.

Marriott is about 5-foot-5, 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

The FBI became involved with the case Thursday, but would not comment on the investigation, Boston FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich said today.

Police urged anyone with information to call them at 603-887-2080.

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Elizabeth Marriott Update: Foul Play or Poor Driving?

October 12, 2012 05:40 PM EDT

The search for Elizabeth Marriott continues while investigators are now searching through the computer and cellphone records of the missing UNH student. Her family doesn't know what they are seeking, however, as they are staying tight-lipped about this investigation. One thing does stand out in the latest update on this woman's mysterious case, and that's whether or not she is missing because of her own actions.

"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," said Anthony Hanna, the uncle of the missing woman.

So does this mean the woman's poor driving could have led to her disappearance? Sadly this does happen from time to time, but not usually during the times of the year when the weather isn't wet or icy. It's still possible that something could have happened to 19-year-old Elizabeth Marriott, so it's important that the search continues for her relentlessly.

Marriott's phone records will reveal to investigators what she was doing in the hours leading up to her strange disappearance, beyond what they already know. Her cellphone was last pinged when she received a text from one of her friends, so they have to dig deeper than that to determine whether or not there are any signs of what happened. They are hoping her computer can reveal the same kinds of clues. Hopefully they find what they're looking for and this case has a positive ending.

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10/13/2012 2:57 PM
By Dan Adams, Globe Correspondent

DOVER, N.H. -- A 29-year-old New Hampshire man has been charged with the murder of missing student Elizabeth Marriott, authorities said at a press conference here Saturday.

Seth J. Mazzaglia of Dover was arrested and charged with second-degree murder based on “credible information,” said New Hampshire assistant attorney general James C. Vara. Vara said the two knew each other, but declined to elaborate on their relationship, how Marriott died, or others details of the case, citing the “integrity of the ongoing investigation.”

Vara said authorities were still searching for Marriott’s body. He would not confirm reports that an intensive search of Pierce Island in Portsmouth was related to the case. Vara said local, state, and federal investigators were using “every resource” in the search for the body.

Marriott, a 19-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire Durham and a native of Westborough, Mass., went missing Tuesday night after leaving the school’s campus to visit friends in nearby Dover.

Marriott had been living with her aunt in Chester, N.H., and commuting to classes in Durham. Earlier Saturday, the aunt, Rebecca Tyning, described her niece as “an energetic college student pursuing her dreams.” Marriott was passionate about marine biology, Tyning said, and loved working as a volunteer at the Boston Aquarium.

“She must have been caught off guard,” said Nicole Downey, a Westborough woman who attended the press conference and described herself as Marriott’s “best friend” from high school. “We used to playfully get in fights and she was strong. She could defend herself if she needed to.”

Downey and her mother, Dawn, made the trip to the press conference from Westborough, where friends and family had assembled to join a search party before authorities told them to “stand down” this morning.

Downey said she had never heard Marriott mention Mazzaglia, and that the two were not in a relationship. Downey said she had a “casual conversation” with Marriott on Tuesday about her classes, and nothing seemed amiss. The conversation came just hours before her disappearance.

Nicole’s mother, Dawn Downey, said Marriott was a “beautiful girl” who was the prom queen at Westborough High School, where she graduated in 2011. However, she said, Marriott was “too trusting.”

“We were hoping she just made a teenage mistake and ran off,” Dawn Downey said. “We wanted to be able to yell at her for putting us through all this… I wish it didn’t end this way. She was a wonderful girl.”

The family had offered a $10,000 reward for Marriott’s safe return and, along with investigators and friends, organized searches of the coastal areas near Portsmouth before today’s announcement.

According to his website, the arrested man, Mazzaglia, lives on Mill Street in Dover. His website says he is an “actor, writer and fight choreographer” who has appeared in various productions at theaters in southern New Hampshire.

Mazzaglia also listed a variety of martial arts activities, including a third degree black belt in Okinawan Karate and sword technique, among his skills.

Bob Modee, who taught karate lessons with Mazzaglia at the Kittery Community Center in Kitterry, Me., for several years, said, “I’m completely stunned about what’s happening. I’m having trouble even speaking, I’m in so much shock.”

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:15 pm

A Dover, N.H., martial arts instructor has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the disappearance of missing University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott, a 2011 Westboro High School graduate.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, is scheduled to be arraigned in Dover on Monday in connection with Ms. Marriott's death.

Authorities are still looking for Ms. Marriott's body, according to Susan Morrell, senior assistant New Hampshire attorney general. Her car, a tan 2001 Mazda Tribute, has been found in a UNH parking lot in Durham.

A vigil for Ms. Marriott will be held tonight at 7 at Bay State Commons Park Pavilion in downtown Westboro.

Authorities would not say whether Mr. Mazzaglia had confessed or reveal any other specifics of the case.

Ms. Marriott's aunt, Rebecca L. Tyning, said this afternoon that Mr. Mazzaglia and Ms. Marriott met in July when both were working at a Target store in Greenland, N.H.

According to Seth J. Mazzaglia's website, he lives at 1 Mill St., Dover. Authorities searched an apartment building on Mill Street overnight.

In a statement, Ms. Marriott's family asked for privacy but thanked friends, the University of New Hampshire, local, state and national law enforcement authorities.

"This is the worst parents' nightmare, a missing child and with an unfavorable outcome," the family said. "Please pray for the dedicated rescue professionals who continue to look for Lizzi. We need them to find her and bring her home."

Mr. Mazzaglia's website says he is an experienced actor, writer and fight choreographer who has worked in professional and community theaters around southern New Hampshire for years. He had hoped to break into film.

Ms. Marriott was a musician in high school and won a music scholarship. She was majoring in marine biology.

According to Mr. Mazzaglia's website, he most recently played Capt. Keller in Garrison Player's "The Miracle Worker." His Facebook page lists American sign language as well as English under languages he speaks.

The website says he is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has taught martial arts since 2004.

Ms. Marriott has been missing since Tuesday night, when she attended a class at the university and then made plans to visit friends in Dover.

Family members and friends blanketed the Dover area Friday with colored fliers bearing two photos of her and the statement that her cellphone was last used in Dover at 10:11 p.m. Tuesday. Her family had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

This afternoon, the Marriott family was sequestered in their Westboro home. Police have blocked access to the private road where they live. An assistant N.H. attorney general was in town today.

A New Hampshire newspaper, Foster's Daily Democrat, reported today that authorities told Ms. Marriott's family to discontinue their search for her. The family had been working with a nonprofit group that helps the families of missing people map out potential places they could have traveled.

Last night, an island in Portsmouth was closed in search of a body, but authorities wouldn't say whether the search was related to Ms. Marriott's disappearance.

Yesterday, Lizzi Marriott's grandmother Susan Marriott was tending the phone at the Chester home where her granddaughter lives while other family members were out handing out fliers and searching for her.

Ms. Marriott had lived with an aunt in Chester, N.H., while commuting to the Durham campus.

Her grandmother said the FBI and other investigators had been at the house for much of the day yesterday interviewing family members.

"She is a good student, and she's hard-working," her grandmother said. "She is a person that doesn't have a multitude of friends, but she has good friends - a small group of good friends."

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young asked that anyone who has information that could help in the case to call state police at (603) 271-3636.

The search is getting much attention on Twitter, where people are using the hashtag #FindLizzi. Earlier, they were using the hashtag of #FindLizzie. A Facebook page has also been set up.

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Although her body has not yet been found, police announced that Marriott is believed to be dead, Assistant Attorney General James Vara said on Saturday.
And today, Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, was charged with the second-degree murder of the missing student as her distraught family were tragically told to call off their frantic search.

University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott vanished on her way to visit a friend on Tuesday - police now believe she is dead

Aspiring actor and model Seth Mazzaglia is scheduled to appear on Monday morning at Dover District Court on a second degree murder charge.

During a press conference today to announce Mazzaglia's arrest, Assistant Attorney General James Vara said that the Dover Police Department have gathered enough credible information to believe that Marriott is dead - although they have not located her body.

Together with Porstmouth and state police, authorities in Denver have been searching the area around Prescott Park and Pierce Island since around 7.30 p.m last night.

'We are continuing to search for her body in the area by Pierce Island,' Vara said to Foster's Daily Democrat
'We have information we are investigating at this point.'
The assistant attorney general also announced that Marriott's car, a 2001 tan coloured Mazda tribute had been located and in addition Vera confirmed that there were no threats in existence to other students at the University of New Hampshire.

'I want to confirm there are no threats to the other students at UNH,' he said. 'This is unrelated other than the fact she's a student at the university.'

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The girl in this video was doing everything right - yelling over and over "You're not my dad! Someone help me!" But my thing is, no one paid enough attention to what she was saying when the person taking her was yelling things at her and making everyone think she was just being defiant! Be sure to remind your kids about that point! Try to explain to your children, how to find a moment when the adult isn't talking, to yell it over again, as many times as they can find that right moment ♥ I believe that is what made these 2 guys listen and respond like they did, because the abductor wasn't talking right then. There WILL be those quiet moments, while they're getting away with kidnapping someone's child! Please, please, please share this video, so others can be aware and talk to their kids about it. I believe it's another valuable key for when we teach our kids to yell, "This isn't my mom or this isn't my dad" lesson! Thanks to everyone who has shared this video, so far! Let's keep it going!
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DOVER — A 29-year-old Dover man has been charged with second degree murder in the death of missing University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, the New Hampshire attorney general's office announced Saturday.

Seth Mazzaglia is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at Dover District Court on the second-degree murder charge.

During a press conference in front of the Dover Police Department, Assistant Attorney General James Vara announced police have gathered "credible" information establishing Marriott is dead, but they have been unable to locate her body.

Portsmouth and state police have been scouring the area around Prescott Park and Pierce Island in Portsmouth since around 7:30 p.m. Friday night. They cleared the scene Saturday at about 4:30 p.m., after searching unsuccessfully for Marriott's body for hours.

Vara also announced Marriott's vehicle, a 2001 tan colored Mazda Tribute, has been located at a UNH parking lot. Vara, who announced searches are ongoing in relation to Marriott's vehicle, also stated this particular incident is isolated and no threats exist to other students at the university.

“I want to confirm there are no threats to the other students at UNH,” he said. “This is unrelated other than the fact she's a student at the university.”

Citing an ongoing investigation, Vara offered few details about Mazzaglia's background. H said the two knew each other, but declined to provide Mazzaglia's address and place of employment.

“This is still an active and ongoing investigation,” Vara said, surrounded by representatives from the state police, attorney general's office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We will continue with any and all resources available to us.”

The announcement came at 1 p.m., a few hours after family members began getting word to hold off on continuing their ground search for the missing UNH sophomore.

Ben Whitehill, Marriott's cousin, told Foster's Saturday morning that the FBI told family members to “stand down” their community search parties. Whitehill said he heard from other family members who are in communication with local law enforcement they should hold off on search efforts.

Marriott's aunt, Rebecca Tyning, of Beverly, Mass., confirmed that multiple law enforcement sources told her to discontinue the search. In a phone interview with Foster's, Tyning called the announcement of her niece's death "surreal."

The family had been working with a non-profit group that aids the families of missing persons to map out potential places Marriott could have traveled. They were set to launch another search from a location on Glenwood Avenue Saturday morning.

The 19-year-old, who is a commuter student living in Chester, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Family members say Marriott indicated in a text message she was heading to Dover to see friends before she went missing.

State police and FBI agents joined the search for Marriott on Friday. Police from UNH, Dover, and Chester, are also participating in the effort, as well as authorities in Marriott's hometown of Westborough, Mass.

Marriott's family was also offering a $10,000 reward for information pertaining to her whereabouts.

Police converged on Peirce Island in Portsmouth Friday evening in connection with Marriott's disappearance. They continued to block the bridge that leads to Peirce Island Saturday morning, and nearby Prescott Park was cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Investigators were also active on Mill Street in Dover on Friday evening, but would not discuss the investigation. A Dover Police Department crime scene investigation van and two police cruisers were seen parked outside an apartment on Mill Street.

Earlier in the day, Marriott's uncle, Anthony Hanna, told Foster's his niece was heading to an apartment on Mill Street in Dover, but never arrived.

Residents near the Sawyer Mill apartment building said police were present most of the day Friday, and had spent time looking around a nearby dumpster.

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The website indicates Mazzaglia is an "experienced actor, writer and fight choreographer," who has been active in southern New Hampshire's theater community for several years. The site indicates Mazzaglia is about 220 pounds, and is 5 feet 9 inches tall.

A listing of his past theater work includes 17 performances between 2000 and 2010, including performances at Portsmouth Music Hall, Rochester Opera House, and Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Some of his most recent work was with the Garrison Players. He appeared in productions of “The Miracle Worker” in 2010, performing as Captain Keller, and played Reverend David in a 2009 performance of “The Foreigner,” according to the website.

In 2005, Mazzaglia played the role of Richie Valens in a July performance of “The Buddy Holly Story,” at Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Former cast member Brett Wulfson said she remembered Mazzaglia as a nice guy, who was “very involved with self defense.” Wulfson, who played the part of Buddy Holly's wife, said Mazzaglia taught some female cast members self-defense techniques.

“I have nothing bad to say about him,” she said. “He was always very kind to me.”

The website indicates Mazzaglia graduated from Berwick Academy in 2001, and earned a bachelor's degree in theater, with a minor in dance, from UNH in 2006.

The website also lists a "750 hour certification" in Massage Therapy, said to have been awarded by McIntosh College in 2007.

UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz said she has been unable to confirm whether Mazzaglia earned a degree from the school.

A "special skills and talents" section of the website lists juggling, flexibility, and qualification as a third degree black belt in Okinawan karate. The site also indicates Mazzaglia is proficient with the katana, sai, and butterfly swords, among other handheld weapons.

Robert Modee, a Kittery, Maine, martial arts instructor, confirmed Mazzaglia holds a black belt in karate. Modee said he has trained with Mazzaglia for nearly two decades.

Modee was struggling to understand the news of Mazzaglia's arrest shortly after he got word of the murder charge Saturday afternoon.

"He's been with me, training with me, since he was probably 10 or 12 years old," Modee said.

Mazzaglia has been helping to give martial arts lessons to students at the Kittery Community Center, Modee said, and the pair worked closely together still this year.

"I don't understand what's going on right now," Modee said. "I'm completely floored with all this. I don't even know what to think."

Police are asking anyone with information pertaining to Marriott's death to contact Dover police at 603-742-4646 or the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:19 pm

Search for body of UNH student put on hold for day

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DOVER, N.H. -- A New Hampshire prosecutor says the search for the body of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student has been suspended ahead of the arraignment for an actor and martial arts instructor who's been charged in her death.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Sunday that a ground and water search on and around Portsmouth's Peirce Island is expected to resume Monday. She says waters around the island were dangerous on Sunday.

Twenty-nine-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover was charged Saturday with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. Marriott was from Westborough, Mass., and had been living with an aunt in Chester, N.H., and commuting to the university in Durham.

Young said Mazzaglia and Marriott knew each other, but she wouldn't elaborate. Mazzaglia's arraignment is Monday.

An actor and martial arts instructor was charged in the death of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared last week, and the girl's family pleaded for her to be brought home.

Law enforcement officials believe Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, a marine biology major who volunteered at the New England Aquarium, is dead. The search for her body was continuing, Assistant Attorney General James Vara said Saturday.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, was charged with second-degree murder.

"This is the worst parents' nightmare, a missing child and with an unfavorable outcome," Marriott's family said in a statement Saturday. The family asked for prayers for rescue personnel who are looking for their daughter, saying they need to "bring her home."

At a vigil for Marriott in her hometown of Westborough, Mass., on Saturday night, her father, Robert, choked back tears while speaking to the hundreds who had gathered.

"Together we created an angel," he said, "and tonight she is home in heaven."

Vara said Mazzaglia knew Marriott, but declined to say how or what led to his arrest. He said police had credible information leading them to believe Marriott is dead, though he wouldn't elaborate. Mazzaglia was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

A family friend, Dawn Downey of Westborough, Mass., described Marriott as an attractive young woman who was active in chorus in high school and was prom queen during her junior year. Marriott was helping to put herself through college by working at Target.

"She was just a good girl. That's probably what got her in trouble. She was too trusting and she was beautiful. Those two things will kill you," Downey said.

Marriott had attended a class Tuesday night and made plans to visit friends in Dover. Her cellphone was last used in Dover that night, according to fliers that family members posted around town. Her car was later found in a parking lot on campus in Durham.

"We were greatly saddened to learn of Lizzi's death and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends," UNH President Mark W. Huddleston said in a statement. "Lizzi was a new member of the university community and will be missed in our classrooms. Our focus now will be on supporting our campus community during this difficult time."

The university was making counselors available to students. A moment of silence was observed in Marriott's honor at the school's hockey game Saturday night.

Marriott was a 2011 graduate of Westborough High School in Massachusetts. She lived with an aunt in Chester and commuted to the Durham campus. A message seeking comment was left with her parents.

Downey's daughter Nicole, who was Marriott's best friend, described Marriott as a "fun-loving and goofy" young woman who got along easily with others and had a wide circle of friends. She also was a good student who loved animals and science and volunteered at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Nicole Downey said.

"It was a shock to me when I found out she was missing. That was not like her at all," she said. "She was just all around a great person. I don't know why anyone would want to hurt her."

Mazzaglia, who graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in theater, was active in the arts, performing in several dozen plays and musicals over the last decade in southern New Hampshire.

He also was a martial arts instructor who described himself on websites as having a black belt in karate and being familiar with several forms of martial arts and weapons. And he listed other interests including juggling.

Robert Modee, a friend of Mazzaglia's and a martial arts instructor in Kittery, Maine, said he was struggling to comprehend how Mazzaglia could be charged with murder.

"I don't understand what's going on right now," he told the Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover, N.H. "I'm completely floored with all this."

Mazzaglia was in custody Saturday and could not be reached. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer.

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Published October 15, 2012
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DOVER, N.H. – A prosecutor says authorities could spend several more days searching the waters off an island for the body of a University of New Hampshire student.

Police have charged 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, of Dover, with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott.

Mazzaglia was ordered held without bail Monday. He's accused of strangling or suffocating the 19-year-old from Westborough, Mass., on Oct. 9, the night she disappeared.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Monday that while authorities believe Marriott was killed in Dover, the search remains focused on the waters around Peirce Island in Portsmouth.

She says Mazzaglia and Marriott knew each other but would not say what led to Mazzalgia's arrest.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:01 pm

Suspect Called Upbeat After UNH Student's Killing

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DOVER, N.H. October 15, 2012, 05:24 pm ET

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — An actor and martial arts instructor accused of killing a female University of New Hampshire student last week was upbeat and described his life as "really good" three days after the woman's death, an acquaintance said Monday.

Seth Mazzaglia, of Dover, was charged Saturday with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, who vanished a week ago and whose body has yet to be found. He is accused of strangling or suffocating her in his apartment Tuesday night; the search for the body has been focused on Peirce Island in nearby Portsmouth.

Mazzaglia, 29, didn't speak during a brief arraignment via video feed Monday, and his court-appointed attorneys didn't object to the prosecutor's request that he be held without bail.

But Craig Faulkner, who works at a theater company where Mazzaglia had auditioned, said he chatted with Mazzaglia for about 20 minutes on Friday while shopping at Best Buy in Newington. Mazzaglia, who was working in the store's video game section, told him: "Life is good," said Faulkner, producing artistic director at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth.

"I just asked him, 'How are things?' He said, 'Things are really good,'" Faulkner told The Associated Press.

Marriott, of Westborough, Mass., was living with an aunt in Chester, N.H., and commuting to the university in Durham, where she was majoring in marine biology. She was last heard from Oct. 9 when she made plans to visit friends in Dover after attending a class, but never showed up. Her cellphone was last used in Dover that night, according to fliers that family members posted, but authorities said her car was found several miles away in a parking lot on campus in Durham.

Family and friends spent several frantic days searching for her before charges were announced over the weekend. Police have not said what led them to arrest Mazzaglia or how he knew Marriott.

"They were familiar with each other," Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Monday.

Young said "credible information" has prompted authorities to focus search efforts on the water around the 27-acre island that separates the city of Portsmouth from the Piscataqua River. Marine patrol officials have been using sonar and an underwater camera, she said, but the river's currents and eddies have hampered their efforts.

"The search in that area may last several more days. They have not exhausted that search," she said. "We have not discussed an end date. We have discussed continuing this until we find her."

Authorities in Maine and Massachusetts also have been notified in case her body washes up there, Young said.

Mazzaglia graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a degree in theater, Faulkner said. He was known as the "go-to guy" for fight choreography in the area.

Faulkner described Mazzaglia as a quiet, respectful guy but also as someone with a nerdy vibe that made him a bit of "an odd duck."

"He's just a little unusual. ... I don't really know how to explain it," he said. "You don't meet him and go, 'Wow, that guy's a murderer.'"

Faulkner said he never ended up casting Mazzaglia, called him more of a character actor than a leading man. He said Mazzaglia has an advanced black belt designation.

Faulkner said he was later playing the video game Mazzaglia sold him when he heard news of the man's arrest.

"What I thought about is, I shook his hand two times and if he actually did this. It was one of those, Are you ... kidding me moments," Faulkner said.

Friends and family have described Marriott as a fun-loving, trusting young woman with a wide circle of friends who was active in chorus and a prom queen in high school. She loved animals, volunteered at the New England Aquarium and helped put herself through school by working at Target.

Ken Ziniti, a store manager at the Target store in Greenland, said Marriott was one of the nicest young people he's met.

"Put a smile on everybody's faces," he said. "She worked all over the sales floor, always out in front of the guests."

University of New Hampshire professor David Kaye, who once taught Mazzaglia in an acting class, said Monday that he had been a hard-working student who had a special interest in stage combat. He said people at the school feel for the victim's family and are shocked and saddened by what's happened.

"Everybody is sort of reeling from all of this news," he said.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Search continues in NH for slain student's body

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say they are continuing to focus on an area off Portsmouth’s Peirce Island in the search for the body of a slain University of New Hampshire student.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Tuesday that the crews of four Marine Patrol boats and a police dog trained to detect bodies are searching the waters off a lookout point on the island.

A 29-year-old Dover man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth ‘‘Lizzi’’ Marriott.

She vanished one week ago, after telling family members she was going to visit friends in Dover.

Seth Mazzaglia (mah-ZAY-lia) was charged Saturday with strangling or suffocating her in his apartment on Oct. 9.

Young would not comment on how authorities know that Marriott was killed.

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Life after 'Lizzi' Marriott's Dover death

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DOVER — Residents of Sawyer Mill Apartments said a wing of the third floor was blocked off by crime tape over the weekend as police investigated the death of Elizabeth Marriott, a University of New Hampshire student.

A knock at the door of the murder suspect, Seth Mazzaglia's, third-floor apartment went unanswered Monday evening. This was just a few hours after Assistant Attorney General Jane Young announced the Dover Police Department is now leading the investigation into the murder, which took place inside the 1 Mill St. building.

Mazzaglia, a 29-year-old actor and martial arts expert, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the crime. He was arraigned Monday and ordered held without bail in the Strafford County House of Corrections.

Marriott's body has yet to be located, and Young said the search could continue for several more days.
The walkway to the Sawyer Mill complex, a spacious rehabilitated mill building, was dotted with flyers Monday asking the public for help finding Marriott. Volunteers distributed the flyers in Dover last week in hopes of locating the missing marine biology student.

They contained color photographs of the former high school prom queen and long-time aquarium volunteer from Westborough, Mass., along with offering a $10,000 reward for information of her whereabouts.

One of the flyers was seen posted Monday evening against the wall of a laundry room on the third floor of the building, about 20 paces away from Mazzaglia's apartment door.

Friends and family have described Marriott as a fun-loving, trusting young woman with a wide circle of friends who was active in chorus and a prom queen in high school. She loved animals, volunteered at the New England Aquarium and helped put herself through school by working at Target.

Ken Ziniti, a store manager at the Target store in Greenland, said Marriott was one of the nicest young people he's met.

“Put a smile on everybody's faces,” he said. “She worked all over the sales floor, always out in front of the guests.”

Mazzaglia graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a degree in theater. University of New Hampshire professor David Kaye, who once taught Mazzaglia in an acting class, said Monday that he had been a hard-working student who had a special interest in stage combat. He said people at the school feel for the victim's family and are shocked and saddened by what's happened.

“Everybody is sort of reeling from all of this news,” he said.

An acquaintance who encountered Mazzaglia on Friday, three days after Marriott's death, said the aspiring actor was “upbeat” and described his life as “really good.” Craig Faulkner, who works at a theater company where Mazzaglia had auditioned, said he chatted with Mazzaglia for about 20 minutes on Friday while shopping at Best Buy in Newington.

Mazzaglia, who was working in the store's video game section, said, “Life is good,” to Faulkner, producing artistic director at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth.

“I just asked him, 'How are things?' He said, 'Things are really good,'” Faulkner said.

Allison Abernathy, a 37-year-old Dover resident, said she encountered Mazzaglia numerous times in the area around the Sawyer Mill apartments. She said Mazzaglia discussed his acting career and his interest in martial arts with her, and also talked about his girlfriend.

Abernathy said her relations with Mazzaglia were good, but he began to give her a strange “vibe,” and she was unnerved one night by one of his remarks.

“He said he had a short fuse, and that gave me a red flag,” Abernathy said.

Marriott, a 19-year-old sophomore, was living with her aunt and uncle in Chester this semester and commuting to UNH for classes. She was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9, the night police say she was allegedly strangled or choked to death inside an apartment on the third floor of the Sawyer Mill apartment building.

Investigators are asking anyone with information relating the murder of Elizabeth Marriott to contact the Dover Police Department at 603-742-4646.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:18 am

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Posted Oct 16, 2012 @ 02:35 PM
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Dover, N.H. —
Foster's Daily Democrat has learned the murder of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott occurred during a sexual encounter.

The 19-year-old sophomore was heading to a friend's apartment on Mill Street in Dover the night she disappeared. Family members said she was planning to visit a female friend who she met while working at the Target in Greenland. Family members said the woman lived at the Mill Street apartment with her boyfriend.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced Monday that Marriott was either strangled or suffocated inside the Mill Street apartment.

Dover resident Seth Mazzaglia, a 29-year-old who lived at the Mill Street building, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Marriott's death.

Marriott's body has not been recovered, but police say they have "credible" information indicating the Westborough, Mass., native is deceased. They have been concentrating the search for her body off the coast of Peirce Island in Portsmouth this week.

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Makes no sense. She went to see a female friend but died (Occurred) due to a sexual encounter? How do they know this??? confused

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Missing UNH Student May Have Died During Sex Encounter
October 16, 2012 1:42 PM

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The University of New Hampshire student believed to have been killed a week ago may have died during a sexual encounter.


WBZ-TV has confirmed that police are investigating claims that Elizabeth Marriott was suffocated during a group sex encounter with Seth Mazzaglia and another woman.

Marriott, 19, of Westborough, Mass., was last seen alive Oct. 9 after attending an evening class in Durham.

Mazzaglia, 29, was charged Saturday with second-degree murder and is accused of killing her in his apartment that night.

Her body hasn’t been found, but authorities have been searching the waters around Peirce Island in nearby Portsmouth.

Underwater cameras, sonar, and search dogs were brought in Tuesday.

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If the above is true, who is the other woman and why isn't she behind bars??

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:33 am

Motion filed to unseal court documents in Elizabeth Marriott case

A family photo of Lizzi Marriott, 19, who went missing on Oct. 9. The N.H. Attorney General has said authorities believe Marriott is deceased.

By Sara Mulkeen/Daily News staff
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Posted Oct 17, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

DOVER, N.H. —
A motion to unseal court documents pertaining to the murder of Westborough native Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was filed in Dover District Court today, according to Court Assistant Sharon Theodore.

All court documents pertaining to the case were sealed during the arraignment Monday of Seth Mazzaglia, the 29-year-old man accused of killing Marriott inside his Dover, N.H. apartment. He faces charges of second-degree murder for allegedly strangling or suffocating the 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student.

Theodore said Judge Stephen M. Morrison, who presided over Mazzaglia’s arraignment Monday, has been “on the bench all day,” but she expects there will be a ruling on the motion either tomorrow or Friday.

New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Jane Young at a Saturday press conference said authorities have “credible” evidence that suggests Marriott, who was reported missing Oct. 9, is dead, although authorities are still searching for a body.

Young said the documents are sealed to “protect the integrity of the case” and the Attorney General’s Office has 10 days to respond to the motion.

Police continue to search the area surrounding Peirce Island today, where they believe Marriott’s body may be in the water, according to Young.

She said crews that were out on the water around 6 a.m. today said there were “excellent conditions,” with the water being the clearest it has been this week and the tide at an optimal level for the search.

Marine Patrol searchers are using underwater cameras, sonar and tools to scan the shoreline, Young said, while a New Hampshire State Police helicopter circles above the area to provide “a wider scope.”

Four Marine Patrols were out searching the waters at various times Tuesday, along with K-9 units, Young said.

As of 1 p.m. today, there are no plans to end the search, according to Young.

“We have not discussed and end date,” she said.

New details in the case emerged Tuesday after multiple news outlets reported the investigation into Marriott’s death may entail a sexual encounter between Marriott and her accused killer, also involving Mazzaglia’s girlfriend.

Young would not confirm on Tuesday or this afternoon whether or not investigators are looking into a sexual component in the case, but the Portsmouth Herald and Fox 25 Boston claimed to have law enforcement sources who did confirm a sexual encounter is being considered.

Meanwhile, UNH officials have postponed a campus master plan forum to accommodate a gathering at which university staff and students can reflect on the life of Marriott.

Members of the UNH community will congregate at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in front of Thompson Hall.

UNH officials said there will be an opportunity for brief remarks and personal reflection. The public is welcome to attend the gathering.

Director of UNH Media Relations Erika Mantz this morning said university representatives will likely speak at the assembly, but details have not yet been worked out. She said members of the Marriott family are not expected to be in attendance.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:36 am

Elizabeth Marriott: Police eye second arrest in case of N.H. student, report says

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(CBS) DOVER, N.H. - Officials say a second person may be arrested in connection with the case of 19-year-old Elizabeth Marriott, a University of New Hampshire student believed to have been killed a week ago.

Police are investigating claims that Marriott may have suffered a suffocation death during a sexual encounter with 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia and another woman, CBS Boston reports.

Marriott was last seen on Oct. 9 after attending an evening class in Dover. Mazzaglia was charged Saturday with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Marriott in his apartment that night.

A law enforcement official who spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday said that additional arrests should be expected, the Portsmouth Herald reported.

But Associate Attorney General Jane Young said Wednesday that authorities do not have enough evidence to charge a second person in connection with Marriott's death, according to the Herald.

"We bring a charge when there's evidence," Young said. "What I maintain in this case, is if the evidence brings us to the fact that another person was or other persons were involved then other charges would be brought."

Marriott's body has not been found, but authorities have been searching the waters around Peirce Island in nearby Portsmouth in hopes of finding her.

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'Lizzi' Marriott's body still missing in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH — The search for the body of 19-year-old Elizabeth Marriott continues off the coast of the city this week.

Associate Attorney General Jane Young, head of the criminal bureau, said the search will continue for the next several days for the University of New Hampshire student who went missing on October 9.

Investigators have not said what evidence they have to believe that she is dead or why they are looking around Peirce Island in Portsmouth, except that they have strong leads.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, was arraigned a week ago on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Marriott's death. Prosecutors say Marriott was either strangled or suffocated in a Mill Street apartment by Mazzaglia.

Young said no leads or clues were found over the weekend, but that New Hampshire's Marine Patrol have been working to find the body of Marriott, who went missing on October 9.

“Our focus is on finding her,” Young said.

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DOVER — A Dover trial court judge is weighing whether to release court documents relating to the killing of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott.

Judge Stephen Morrison on Monday heard arguments from Foster's Daily Democrat and the New Hampshire Union Leader, which are asking the judge to unseal all or part of the documents in the case.

The Portsmouth Herald has also petitioned the court for access to those records, which include the arrest and search warrants obtained during the investigation into Marriott's death and any supporting police affidavits.

Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is presumed dead. Prosecutors allege Marriott was either strangled or suffocated inside an apartment on Mill Street by a 29-year-old Dover man the night she went missing.

The suspect, Seth Mazzaglia, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Marriott's death. Prosecutors have said Mazzaglia, an aspiring actor and martial arts instructor, resided in the unit at the Sawyer Mill Apartments where Marriott died.

Few other details have been released, and documents that could offer new insight into the case remain under seal at Dover Circuit Court.

Under state law, police must return search warrants to the court where they originated within three days after a search is executed. Documents attached to the warrants, such as police affidavits, then become public records, unless otherwise ordered by a judge.

During Mazzaglia's arraignment on Oct. 15, Morrison ordered the court records on file in Dover to remain under seal, allowing only Mazzaglia's defense attorney to view them.

Foster's and the other two newspapers filed motions after the arraignment asking the judge for access to the records.

The attorney general's office filed an objection to the requests on Oct. 24, arguing public disclosure of court documents could jeopardize the criminal investigation into Marriott's death and taint the grand jury indictment process.

At a hearing Monday, attorney Kathleen Sullivan, who represented the Union Leader, and Foster's Executive Editor Rodney Doherty asked Morrison to review the case and consider releasing redacted versions of the documents.

“In no way do we want to hurt the case,” Doherty said, “but we also feel as if it's time for more information to be released to the general public.”

Sullivan said the newspaper respects the validity of some of the attorney general's concerns, such as not identifying some witnesses, but believes other information should be subject to public disclosure. She said the Union Leader would abide by “reasonable redactions in the affidavit and attendant documents.”

“I find it difficult to believe ... that every word on every piece of paper that is sealed — that the release of that would compromise an ongoing investigation,” she said.

Sullivan also asked the court to set a status date by which the documents would be released, or another hearing would take place.

Assistant Attorney General James Vara and Attorney Geoff Ward represented the attorney general's office at the hearing. Vara reiterated his objection to release of the documents, explaining that Dover police and State Police are still gathering evidence about the crime. In addition, the attorney general's office is preparing for a grand jury indictment, which could be hampered by the release of new details.

Vara also asked the judge to grant the attorney general's office a 48-hour waiting period if court files are released in order for prosecutors to notify Marriott's family of the decision.

The release of sealed court documents could also hamper Mazzaglia's ability to defend himself during the grand jury indictment, according to his attorney, Joachim Barth. Releasing information to the press now could “compromise and chill” the fact-finding under way, and raise questions about the veracity of witness testimony, Barth said.

Releasing redacted documents would also be harmful because it would invite extrapolation and speculation about the facts of the case.

Judge Morrison took the arguments under advisement, and scheduled a private meeting with the defense attorney and prosecutor to hear specific information about how the release of the sealed documents would impact the criminal investigation.

Sullivan had objected to the private meeting, asking the judge to instead order the attorney general's office to prepare redacted versions of the sealed documents for his review.

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Decision made, but not released in 'Lizzi' Marriott murder case

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DOVER — A Dover judge is set to announce his decision on whether new documents will be released in the Elizabeth Marriott murder case.

Judge Stephen Morrison has reached a decision on the matter, according to a clerk at the 7th Circuit Court in Dover, but his ruling was not released to the public Wednesday.

The clerk said Morrison's order had not yet been “finalized,” and that it would likely be released this morning.

Morrison heard arguments Monday from Foster's Daily Democrat and the New Hampshire Union Leader, both of whom are asking the judge to unseal all or part of the documents in the murder case.

The Portsmouth Herald has also petitioned the court for access to those records, which include the arrest and search warrants obtained during the investigation and any supporting police affidavits.

“In no way do we want to hurt the case,” Foster's Executive Editor Rodney Doherty said during the hearing, “but we also feel as if it's time for more information to be released to the general public.”

Both Assistant Attorney General James Vara, the prosecutor assigned to the case, and public defender Joachim Barth, who is representing Mazzaglia, objected to the media requests.

Vara argued the grand jury process could be tainted by the release of new details about the investigation.

The release of sealed court documents could also hamper Mazzaglia's ability to defend himself during the grand jury indictment, according to Barth.

Morrison took their arguments under advisement, and scheduled a private meeting with the defense attorney and prosecutor to hear specific information about how the release of the sealed documents would impact the criminal investigation.

Vara confirmed this week that he met privately with Judge Morrison at the close of Monday's hearing. He declined to discuss the nature of their conversation.

Barth could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is presumed dead. Prosecutors allege Marriott was either strangled or suffocated inside an apartment on Mill Street by a 29-year-old Dover man the night she went missing.

The suspect, Seth Mazzaglia, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Marriott's death. Prosecutors have said Mazzaglia, an aspiring actor and martial arts instructor, resided in the unit at the Sawyer Mill Apartments where Marriott died.

Few other details have been released, and documents that could offer new insight into the case remain under seal at Dover Circuit Court.

The search for Marriott's body resumed in the waters off Portsmouth's Peirce Island this week following a powerful storm, according to The Portsmouth Herald. A Marine Patrol boat was back in the waters searching for the body on Wednesday.

Volunteers also have helped in recent weeks. Last Sunday, members of the N.H. League of Investigators and the Mission for the Missing brought in cadaver dogs to help with the search.

“The case is still ongoing, and the investigation is continuing daily,” Vara said.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:48 pm

By Corinne Holroyd
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Published: Friday, December 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012 00:12

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol continues to search for the body of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott in this October photo in Portsmouth.

New Hampshire officials, including Marine Patrols, are still searching for the body of UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott two months after her disappearance in October, according to New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.

“[The marine patrol’s] primary function is visual surveillance for Ms. Marriott,” Hinckley said.

Initially, officials – including UNH Police — announced that Marriott went missing on Oct. 9 after texting a friend that she was going to visit friends in Dover. Authorities soon began to search for her and her car, which was later found in a UNH campus parking lot.

Police arrested 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover on Saturday, Oct. 13, in connection with Marriott’s murder. Officials focused their search for Marriott’s body in the area around Peirce Island in Portsmouth.

Mazzaglia’s second-degree murder charge alleges that he “recklessly caused the death of Elizabeth Marriott … under circumstances manifested in extreme indifference to the value of human life by strangling her and or suffocating her.”

The charge also alleged that Marriott was murdered in Mazzaglia’s Dover apartment at 1 Mill St. on the same day she went missing.

On Monday, Oct. 15, Mazzaglia offered no plea via video feed from the Strafford Country House of Corrections during his arraignment in the Dover Circuit Court.

Mazzaglia also waived his right to a probable cause hearing, which would have been held Oct. 29. The court would have had to decide if there was enough evidence for a trial, but the decision is no longer required.

On Nov. 1, Dover Circuit Court Judge Stephen Morrison denied requests by Foster’s Daily Democrat, The Union Leader and the Portsmouth Herald to unseal documents in the investigation into Marriott’s death. According to Morrison, the documents will remain sealed in order to preserve the need for a fair trial for Mazzaglia, as well as to protect the integrity of possible witnesses’ statements.

“[A] great concern is that if these affidavits are released, witnesses would tailor their statements to fit what they believe to be the facts of the case,” Morrison wrote in his order.

Mazzaglia is currently awaiting trial at the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover for second-degree murder. A second-degree murder charge requires the suspect to have knowingly caused a death and showed an extreme indifference to the value of life. This charge holds a possible life sentence in prison.

Neither the Dover Police Department – which is handling the case – nor Hinckley and the attorney general’s office could comment on the progress of the case against Mazzaglia, as the investigation is still “pending,” according to Hinckley.

Mazzaglia graduated from UNH in 2006 with a degree in theater. Authorities have not released how Marriott and Mazzaglia knew each other, but told the public that they were familiar and it was not a random incident.

Marriott was a sophomore marine biology major from Westborough, Mass., in her first semester at UNH after transferring from Manchester Community College. She commuted to campus from her aunt’s house in Chester.

Anyone with information relating to the case or the search is encouraged to contact the Dover Police Department at 603-742-4646. Anonymous tips may be made to their crime line at 603-749-6000.

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Post by raine1953 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:56 pm

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) - New Hampshire officials say they have made a second arrest in the connection with the homicide and disappearance of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott.

Police have arrested 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She was arrested Monday and charged with one felony count each of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, and Conspiracy to Commit Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.

She will be arraigned at the Derry District Court on December 26, 2012.

Police have previously arrested Seth Mazzaglia and accused him of killing Lizzi Marriott. Marriott was a student from the University of New Hampshire.

Mazzaglia is charged with one count of Second Degree Murder in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. Her body has not been found. Law enforcement officials had been searching for her body near Peirce Island in Portsmouth.
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:23 pm

I am not surprised. Sounds like this was a possible "love triangle" that went way astray.

How sad for Elizabeth's parents that her body has not been found. I hope this Kathryn sings like a bird!


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DERRY, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman lied to investigators about her whereabouts and involvement in the disappearance and death of a college student her boyfriend is accused of killing, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kathryn McDonough is charged with conspiracy and hindering the apprehension or prosecution of those responsible for the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott in October. McDonough, also 19, appeared in Derry District Court via a video link from jail, where she has been since her arrest Christmas Eve.

Judge John Coughlin set bail at $35,000 and set a condition of McDonough's release that she live with her parents in Portsmouth.That is NOT enough!

Marriott, a University of New Hampshire sophomore from Westborough, Mass., who was living with relatives in Chester, vanished Oct. 9 after telling family members she was going to visit friends in Dover and would return home before midnight. Her cellphone was last used just after 10 p.m. that night. Her body has yet to be found.

Four days after Marriott was last heard from, 30-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover was charged with second-degree murder in her death. Prosecutors say he either strangled or suffocated Marriott.

In arguing Wednesday to continuing holding McDonough on a $50,000 cash bond, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said Marriott's body still has not been found "in no small part because of Ms. McDonough's participation in the alleged conspiracy."

Hinckley said McDonough made "an intentional attempt to disrupt the criminal process."

McDonough and Mazzaglia conspired to give investigators a false alibi about their whereabouts the night of Oct. 9 and told them they had no interaction with Marriott that night, prosecutors said in court documents.

Hinckley said he is seeking an extension until late February to get a grand jury indictment of Mazzaglia so investigators can interview additional witnesses and process evidence.


Prosecutors won't say what evidence they have to support their convictions that Marriott is dead and that Mazzaglia killed her.

The arrest warrant affidavits for both McDonough and Mazzaglia remained sealed and Hinckley would not elaborate Wednesday on the alibi they provided or other details of the investigation into Marriott's death.

Hinckley said McDonough was Mazzaglia's girlfriend at the time of Marriott's disappearance.

McDonough's lawyer, Ryan Russman, who sat alongside his client during the arraignment, said she is "obviously concerned. Who wouldn't be?" Her parents, Peter and Denise McDonough, declined to comment when they left the brief court hearing.

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:34 pm

The girlfriend of a suspect in a New Hampshire murder case has been arrested for lying to police about her whereabouts on the night when the missing college student was last seen.
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Marriott went missing on October 9 and may have been involved in a kinky threesome with Seth Mazzaglia and his girlfriend Kathryn McDonough.
Mazzaglia, an aspiring 29-year-old actor, remains in police custody and is charged with the second dregree murder of 19-year-old Marriott even though her body has never been found.


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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:05 pm

From above:
McDonough, also 19, was dating Mazzaglia at the time and investigators believe that she is the connection between the seemingly wholesome Marriott and Mazzaglia who is thought to be a member of various online dating and bondage websites.
I was being kind when I said it was a "love triangle". This is HORRIBLE! Hard to believe this seemingly innocent girl was involved in the above. Reminds me of the other case of the gal that was killed by those "sex slaves". Horrific! I wonder if Elizabeth's body will ever be found at this point. Her poor family!


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Post by raine1953 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:39 pm

WESTBOROUGH —
The Portsmouth, N.H., woman arrested Christmas Eve in connection with the disappearance and alleged murder of Westborough High graduate Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott is scheduled to appear for a probable-cause hearing Jan. 2, her attorney said.
Kathryn McDonough, 19, remained incarcerated in Rockingham County (N.H.) Department of Corrections Friday morning, following her Dec. 24 arrest on two felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.
McDonough’s attorney Ryan Russman said Friday McDonough’s family is “putting together resources” to pay her $35,000 cash or bond bail.
“She’s 19. She graduated from high school earlier this year and to be swept up in these allegations is very upsetting,” Russman said of his client’s state of mind after her arrest.
While the man charged with second-degree murder in Marriott’s slaying, 30-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, of Dover, N.H., waived his probable cause hearing in October, Russman said he and McDonough had not discussed plans to do the same.
Russman said he can subpoena witnesses prior to the hearing.
“It should be interesting,” he said.
In regard to failed attempts to locate Marriott’s body, which officials said they believe was placed in the water off of Portsmouth’s Peirce Island, Russman said, “It’s difficult to know what evidence the prosecution has.”
He said he is unaware of what information Mazzaglia may have given authorities about the case.
Mazzaglia is being held without bail in the Strafford County (N.H.) House of Corrections.
New Hampshire Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young announced Mazzaglia’s arrest at an Oct. 13 press conference and after his arraignment, said he is accused of strangling or suffocating Marriott.
Marriott, a 2011 Westborough High School graduate, was living with extended family in Chester, N.H., while studying marine biology at the University of New Hampshire.
She reportedly went missing Oct. 9 after last being seen on the UNH campus.
Young said less than a week after Marriott’s disappearance that authorities had “credible” evidence the student was deceased and that her body was left in the water off of Peirce Island.
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Post by raine1953 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:04 am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A 19-year-old Portsmouth woman charged with lying to investigators about her whereabouts the day a University of New Hampshire student was killed waived her right Wednesday to have prosecutors detail the evidence against her.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:49 pm

By Jim Haddadin/jhaddadin@fosters.com
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DOVER, N.H. —
A Strafford County judge has granted prosecutors more time to build their case against murder suspect Seth Mazzaglia.

The 30-year-old from Dover has been charged in connection with the death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott, of Westborough, Mass. Mazzaglia has been held in jail since his arrest in October on a second-degree murder charge.

On Jan. 2., a superior court judge signed off on a request from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office for an extension of the time by which they must bring an indictment against Mazzaglia. Prosecutors now have until the end of February to present their case to a grand jury.

In a motion filed Dec. 14 in Strafford County Superior Court, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley wrote that the state was requesting additional time in order to interview witnesses and finish “certain investigative steps” in connection with the case.

“In particular, the state notes that witness interviews, and further investigative leads deriving therefrom, are actively occurring,” a court motion states. “So too are forensic testings pertaining to a variety of matters, which it is believed will provide additional pertinent information.”

The state is also seeking additional time in order to assess which charges are appropriate to bring against Mazzaglia during the grand jury proceeding, according to the motion.

Hinckley told the Daily News Monday prosecutors will use the extra time to conduct interviews and gather evidence "among other things."

He said requests to extend the time before the grand jury proceeding are common and that the Attorney General’s office could request another extension to further push back the February deadline.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire Marine Patrol continues to search for the body of Marriott.

Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young said, "As long as Marine Patrol are on the water, their focus is observing the area for (Marriott’s) remains."

Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is presumed dead. Prosecutors allege Marriott was either strangled or suffocated by Mazzaglia inside his apartment on Mill Street, Dover, the night she went missing.

The first new development in the case in the last several weeks came on Monday, Dec. 24, when police arrested a second person in connection with Marriott's death.

Portsmouth resident Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, is accused of lying to police about her whereabouts and interaction with Marriott on the night Marriott went missing.

McDonough, a Portsmouth resident, was engaged in a romantic relationship with Mazzaglia before Marriott's disappearance, prosecutors have confirmed.

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Post by raine1953 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:51 pm

In her college-application essay, Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott wrote that she would someday be a "prominent figure" in the field of marine biology.

Lizzi never had the opportunity to achieve that goal, but her loved ones are determined to make sure that her dream lives on.

Family and friends will celebrate the life of the Westborough High School graduate tomorrow at "A Night In Remembrance of Lizzi Marriott," a fundraiser to help support the Lizzi Marriott Intrepid Explorer Fund.

Lizzi was majoring in marine biology as a student at the University of New Hampshire until October 2012, when New Hampshire authorities say she was killed.

A Dover, N.H. man, 30-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, is being held on second-degree murder charges for allegedly suffocating or strangling Lizzi to death, while his girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, N.H., was released on bail after being charged with lying to police during their investigation into Lizzi’s disappearance and is awaiting a grand jury indictment.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in October said authorities have "credible evidence" Lizzi’s body was placed in the Piscataqua River off of Portsmouth’s Peirce Island and has not been found.

Lizzi’s father, Bob Marriott, said he is coping with the tragedy "one day at a time."

Bob said he and his wife thought of creating the Lizzi Marriott Intrepid Explorer Fund to help students who share their daughter’s enthusiasm for marine life pursue higher education and careers in the field.

Bob’s fellow members of the Westborough Athletic and Social Association (WASA) helped make the idea a reality by certifying the fund as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and planning two major fundraisers between January and May of this year.

"A Night In Remembrance of Lizzi Marriott" will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Indian Meadows Golf Club off Rte. 9 in Westborough.

The 21-plus event will feature music from local band Outta Commission, as well as dancing, refreshments, auctions and raffles.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Lizzi Marriott Intrepid Explorer Fund.

Glen Zimmerman, who organized the Saturday event along with WASA members, said the group has been fundraising for a little over a month and has received generous donations from local business sponsors.

Bob said the fund will award one or more scholarships annually to students interested in marine sciences.

"We’ve already heard from one interested person," he said.

When scholarship recipients are chosen, preference will be given to applicants who attend Westborough High School or those who work at the New England Aquarium – the place that "lit up" his daughter’s vision that marine biology could be a career, Bob Marriott said.

"I’m going to miss her until the day I die," Bob said.

Many questions surround Lizzi’s death.

A New Hampshire judge at the request of the Attorney General’s Office sealed court documents pertaining to the case against Lizzi’s alleged killer and authorities investigating her death have remained tight-lipped. It was been reported that Lizzi may have died during some type of sexual encounter with Mazzaglia and his girlfriend.

Bob said he had never heard of Mazzaglia, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Lizzi.

However, Lizzi’s friends in New Hampshire told Bob about Mazzaglia’s girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, who became friends with Lizzi when the two worked together at a New Hampshire Target store.

"(McDonough and Lizzi) had a lot in common – they both liked Harry Potter," Bob said. "I wish they didn’t."

Aside from what has been released to the public, Bob said his family does not have much more information about Lizzi’s death.

"We told the Attorney General’s Office and Dover police that no matter how much we beg, don’t tell us anything if it will compromise the investigation," Bob said.

Mazzaglia’s grand jury indictment is expected to take place in February and Bob said he has been told it will likely take 18 to 24 months before the case goes to trial.

The grieving father said he expects that court documents may be unsealed after Mazzaglia’s grand jury proceeding.

"Maybe after the grand jury we’ll find out what really happened that night," he said.

Given what would likely be revealed during a trial, Bob said he is not sure if he would attend but "some family and friends have said that they would want to be there."

Until then, Bob said he is "channeling his emotions into helping other people feel better."

Bob said being on the receiving end of the support WASA provides is a "different experience" and the community response to his family’s tragedy has been overwhelming.
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Post by raine1953 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:09 am

DOVER — Seth Mazzaglia, suspected in the murder of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, has spent nearly six months in jail, isolated from the general jail population at his own request.

“He is being housed at his request separate from the majority of the population,” Strafford County Administrator Ray Bower said Wednesday.

Mazzaglia, 30, formerly of 1 Mill St., Apt. 341 in Dover, was arrested on Oct. 13 on a charge of second-degree murder alleging he strangled and/or suffocated Marriott, 19, at his apartment on Oct. 9.

He has been held without bail since then, with the case going virtually silent since police arrested Mazzaglia's girlfriend, Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, on Dec. 24 on charges alleging she lied to police about her and Mazzaglia's whereabouts and interaction with Marriott on the night she disappeared.

Marriott's body has never been located, despite intensive searches of the waters around Peirce Island in the weeks following her disappearance. Authorities said “credible information” led them to believe Marriott's body was dumped into the water around the Portsmouth island after her death.

The case attracted significant media attention despite the tight lips of prosecutors who refuse to comment on the ongoing investigation. Bower said county jail staff do what they can to ensure all inmates are safe, especially those exposed to intense media scrutiny.

“We try and accommodate everybody to make sure they feel safe in any way we can within the confines of what we do in the jail,” Bower said. “We're more concerned when they're literally on the front page because it puts additional pressure on them being incarcerated and certainly adds to their potential for self harm.”

Bower said every inmate goes through a screening period upon arrival before becoming eligible to enter into the general population of the jail. He said Mazzaglia requested to be moved shortly after he became eligible.

Bower said Mazzaglia has not been injured in any way, nor was he involved in any incidents that would have required him to be segregated from the rest of the general population.

“This is truly a preventive measure at his request,” he said. “We've had no issues with him at all.”

Mazzaglia remains held without bail despite the fact the state has far surpassed the time frame by which it should have returned an indictment from a grand jury. State law requires indictments to be returned within 90 days of a circuit court judge finding probable cause to bind the case over to the superior court.

Prosecutors with the N.H. attorney general's office have twice sought and received extensions on the indictment period. The most recent came in February, when public defender Joachim Barth objected to the state's motion on Mazzaglia's behalf.

“At this juncture, if the state has probable cause to support the charge currently holding Mr. Mazzaglia, it should indict; if not, the charge should be dismissed until it does,” Barth wrote in the Feb. 7 memo.

According to court documents, the target date for receipt of an indictment against Mazzaglia is April 18.
McDonough, whose bail conditions require her to live at her parents' Elwyn Park home in Portsmouth, also has not been indicted. There has been no word on the status of her case.

Rockingham Superior Court records indicate attorney Ryan Russman withdrew as McDonough's counsel on Feb. 6. Hampton attorney Andrew Cotrupi is now representing her. Cotrupi did not return a call seeking comment and Russman said he could not discuss the case.

Foster's Daily Democrat reported seeing McDonough in Strafford Superior Court with Cotrupi in mid-February during a “grand jury matter.”
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A woman charged in connection with the disappearance and death of UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, 19, in October of last year has been accused of another charge in the case.
Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, was indicted with a new charge of witness tampering in addition to her other felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to documents released by Rockingham Superior Court. McDonough was indicted on all three charges by a grand jury on April 3.
According to Seacoastonline.com, McDonough is Seth Mazzaglia’s girlfriend. Mazzaglia, 30, is accused of strangling or suffocating Marriott and is charged with second-degree murder.
The new indictment accuses McDonough of trying to get a woman named Roberta Gerkin to lie to the police on Nov. 7, 2012.
“McDonough advised Roberta Gerkin to inform officials investigating the disappearance of Elizabeth Marriott in substance that on the night of Oct. 9, 2012, Gerkin did not enter the Dover apartment resided in by McDonough and Seth Mazzaglia,” said the indictment.
McDonough’s previous charges – hindering, and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution – state that McDonough “agreed with Mazzaglia to commit or cause the commission of the crime of hindering” the investigation.
The indictment reads: “McDonough, with a purpose to hinder, prevent or delay the discovery, apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of Seth Mazzaglia for the crime of murder, obstructed by deception investigators” in their investigation.
The indictment continued: “Katherine McDonough purposefully gave a false alibi to investigators investigating the disappearance of Elizabeth Marriott regarding her and Mazzaglia’s whereabouts on the evening of October 9, 2012, and lack of interaction with Ms. Marriott on that evening knowing that Mazzaglia was liable to be charged with murder.”
Mazzaglia is also accused of giving a false alibi to investigators.
Marriott went missing on Oct. 9, 20102, after attending a night class at UNH. On Oct. 13, Mazzaglia was arrested and charged with her murder. On Dec. 24, McDonough was arrested in connection with the case. Marriott’s body has not been found despite extensive search efforts.
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Post by raine1953 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:24 pm

BRENTWOOD — The girlfriend of the man suspected of killing a University of New Hampshire student in Dover last fall has been indicted on three charges, including a new charge alleging witness tampering.

Kathryn "Kat" McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, was indicted this month on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution, and witness tampering, according to indictments made public Wednesday afternoon at Rockingham County Superior Court.

The charge against McDonough, who was arrested Dec. 24 on the two other charges. She is the alleged accomplice in the murder of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, a 19-year-old UNH sophomore who disappeared Oct. 9.

"We anticipated these indictments coming out," McDonough's attorney, Andrew Cotrupi, said.

He said he has been communicating with the attorney general's office for a number of months in an effort to minimize the impact proceeding with the case will have on Marriott's family.

"Kathryn and I are going to try to do everything we can to try to not make this process more difficult for the Marriott family," he said. "It's obviously a profoundly sad (situation)."

Prosecutors allege that McDonough's boyfriend, Seth Mazzaglia, 30, of Dover, strangled or suffocated Marriott to death at his apartment on Oct. 9. Authorities have said they believe Marriott's body was thrown in the Piscataqua River at Peirce Island in Portsmouth, but her remains have not been recovered.

The witness tampering charge alleges that McDonough told a woman named Roberta Gerkin to lie to investigators and claim she did not enter the Dover apartment McDonough and Mazzaglia were residing in on the night of Marriott's death. According to the indictment, McDonough attempted to induce or otherwise cause Gerkin to lie to police on or about Nov. 7, nearly a month after Marriott's disappearance.

Gerkin identifies herself online as a psychic and Tarot card reader who ran a business called "Readings by Roberta: Guidance Through Transitions." According to her Web site, she discontinued phone readings on Dec. 10, 2012, and discontinued all readings as of March 31.

She did not return a call and e-mail seeking comment.

McDonough has demonstrated an interest in fantasy and the occult in numerous online postings on a variety of Web sites. She was involved in role-playing online and sometimes wrote that she lived at Hogwarts, the fictional school for witches and wizards in the "Harry Potter" book series.

She shared that interest in Harry Potter with Marriott, who at one time worked with McDonough at the Target store in Greenland before her death. Marriott was last heard from when she told a friend Oct. 9 she was leaving UNH to visit a friend's apartment in Dover.

The other charges allege McDonough conspired with Mazzaglia and gave a false alibi about their whereabouts on Oct. 9 and their lack of interaction with Marriott on that evening, knowing that Mazzaglia was liable to be charged with murder.

Sources have said that Marriott's death occurred during the commission of a sex act. Mazzaglia had several profiles on online dating sites under the user name "DarkKaiser," one of which was on a bondage Web site described as "the world's largest BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission and sadomasochism) community."

In a profile on that site, Mazzaglia identified himself as a "master seeking slave." On another site, he wrote that he was looking for "a lifetime relationship; a relationship; a play partner; princess by day, slut by night; and a sub."

Mazzaglia is still awaiting indictment on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the case. He has been held without bail in Strafford County Jail since his arrest Oct. 13.
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DOVER — The deadline for the state to obtain an indictment against Seth Mazzaglia, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, passed on Thursday.

A Strafford County Superior Court official confirmed that a grand jury convened Thursday, but said that indictments would not be made public until Tuesday because defendants are first alerted to the indictments by mail.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, chief of the homicide unit, declined to comment on the status of the case.

Prosecutors obtained two extensions on the time allowed to secure an indictment against Mazzaglia, 30, a Dover man who allegedly strangled or suffocated Marriott to death in his apartment on Oct. 9.

He has been held in jail without bail since his arrest Oct. 13. He waived his probable cause hearing on Oct. 29, binding the case over to the superior court for review by a grand jury for possible indictment.

There is a 90-day window from the time the case arrives at superior court for prosecutors to obtain an indictment, but the state twice filed for and received extensions in the Mazzaglia case. A third extension has not been requested.

Earlier this month, McDonough's co-defendant Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, was indicted on charges alleging witness tampering, hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Her attorney, Andrew Cotrupi of Hampton, said on Thursday that he anticipates waiving his client's arraignment on those charges.

The remains of Marriott, 19, have not been found.
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Post by raine1953 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:28 pm

DOVER — Seth Mazzaglia strangled University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott with a rope during what his girlfriend described as a consensual sex act before meticulously destroying the evidence, new court documents say.

However, Bob and Melissa Marriott, the parents of Lizzi Marriott, released a statement calling claims that the encounter was consensual “reprehensible, salacious and intentionally designed to suggest Lizzi's murder was the accidental consequence of a bizarre, abnormal consensual act.”

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said “there is no allegation of anything 'consensual' in the murder indictments, just the opposite.”

A Strafford County grand jury this month indicted Dover murder suspect Mazzaglia on multiple counts, shedding new light on the investigation into the Oct. 9 death of 19-year-old Marriott.

The grand jury handed up four indictments against Mazzaglia, 30. Three of the counts are alternate theories alleging murder. Two are first-degree murder counts, one alleging he “purposely” caused Marriott's death by strangulation, the other alleging he “knowingly” caused her death.

According to the court documents made available Tuesday in Strafford Superior Court, Mazzaglia allegedly strangled Marriott with a rope during the commission of a sex act. Court documents say Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, Mazzaglia's girlfriend at the time and co-defendant in this case, told members of Mazzaglia's defense team that Marriott died “accidentally” and the sex act was consensual.

However, one of the first-degree murder charges alleges that Mazzaglia killed Marriott before, after, during or while attempting to commit felonious sexual assault, and caused her serious injuries by overcoming her through physical force, violence or superior physical strength.

“We think it strongly supports the conclusion that there was a nonconsensual act and that Lizzi was murdered with intent,” said George Thompson, an attorney representing the Marriott family. “We think that the defendants had several days to concoct an alibi that best suits their interests going forward ... and that defies credibility.”

The third murder charge is one count of second-degree murder, alleging Mazzaglia “recklessly” caused Marriott's death.

Mazzaglia has also been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution. McDonough, 19, of Portsmouth, has been indicted on three charges alleging witness tampering, lying to investigators and conspiring with Mazzaglia to do the same.

The indictment against Mazzaglia provides the most comprehensive details yet as to the lengths he and McDonough allegedly went to cover up the crime. Court documents say they deleted text messages, disposed of articles of clothing and other items, and concocted a false alibi regarding their whereabouts on the night of Marriott's death.

According to court documents, at about 11:05 p.m. Oct. 9, after Mazzaglia killed Marriott, McDonough created and sent a text message to Marriott's phone asking why Marriott did not show up at Mazzaglia's apartment as planned.

Authorities have said that the last anyone heard from Marriott, she told a friend she was leaving the UNH campus to visit with friends in Dover. Her car was later found on campus. Court documents claim Mazzaglia and McDonough used Marriott's car to take her body to Peirce Island in Portsmouth, where they dumped her remains into the Piscataqua River. They then abandoned Marriott's car in a UNH parking lot, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges Mazzaglia and McDonough also broke and disposed of Marriott's cell phone and GPS, and discarded in various Dumpsters in Portsmouth and Dover numerous items, including a suitcase and tarp that had been used to transport Marriott's body, the rope used in the killing, various articles of clothing and other items belonging to Marriott, and clothing and items belonging to Mazzaglia and McDonough.

Strelzin said he could not comment on whether investigators recovered any of those discarded items.

That same night, Mazzaglia and McDonough allegedly began to discuss how they would cover up the killing, the indictment said. At some point in October, they discussed “how they would claim that Elizabeth Marriott had died accidentally during a consensual sexual encounter,” according to the indictment.

The Marriott family blasted that version of events, saying Mazzaglia chose to attack Lizzi Marriott's reputation and legacy in order to spare himself a life sentence.

“The statements are a complete fabrication and are more indicative of Mr. Mazzaglia's twisted sense of reality and responsibility as opposed to Lizzi's character and the life she led for 19 years,” the family's statement said.

Thompson said Mazzaglia's and McDonough's behavior following Marriott's death is inconsistent with the typical response to an accidental death. If it had been an accident, they would not have disposed of the body or concocted a false alibi, he said.

“Typical human behavior is when you injure somebody, you call 911 or give them assistance. That didn't happen here,” he said. “I can't speak to his (Mazzaglia's) intent, but there is just no way that Lizzi went there to consent to this type of high-risk conduct. In all probability, he refused to take no for an answer.”

Marriott's body has not been located despite intensive searches of the waters around Peirce Island in the weeks after her disappearance. Authorities said “credible information” led them to believe Marriott's body was dumped into the water around the Portsmouth island after her death.
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I doubt she w/ever be found. Am just relieved her killers have been arrested and w/be prosecuted.

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Post by raine1953 on Sat May 25, 2013 4:29 pm

Police say Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott, the 19-year-old killed during an attempted sexual assault on October 9 in Dover, New Hampshire, was the victim of a violent strip poker threesome.
Police affidavits describe a text message suspect Seth Mazzaglia sent his then-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, that described a lurid detail a bondage sexual encounter and suggested McDonough include a friend, someone to 'offer' to him.
Authorities believe Marriott may have been that offering. They say she was lured to their apartment after class on Oct. 9, not long after McDonough met Marriott, a University of New Hampshire sophomore who worked with her at Target.

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June 05, 2013 2:00 AM
BRENTWOOD — A woman facing charges in the death of a University of New Hampshire student remains "on a trial track" following a hearing in Superior Court on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Andrew Cotrupi and prosecutors from the N.H. attorney general's office, including Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley and attorney Geoffrey Ward, appeared before Judge Marguerite Wageling in Rockingham Superior Court for a structuring conference related to the criminal case against Kathryn "Kat" McDonough.
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July 16, 2013 3:01 PM

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman charged with lying to investigators about her whereabouts the day a University of New Hampshire student was killed is scheduled to enter a guilty plea and be sentenced next week.

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough lied when she told investigators she had no contact with Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott on Oct. 9 — the day they say the UNH student was strangled or suffocated. Prosecutors say McDonough also gave a false alibi for her and the man charged with killing Marriott, Seth Mazzaglia.

Court records say McDonough is scheduled for the plea hearing and sentencing in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 25. She’s charged with witness tampering, hindering prosecution and conspiracy to hinder prosecution.

The body of 19-year-old Marriott of Westborough, Mass., has not been found.

Prosecutor Peter Hinckley declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

Mazzaglia, 30, has a July 31 scheduled appearance in the Rockingham court.

Mazzaglia says Marriott’s death was an accident during a night of consensual sex that also involved McDonough. He told investigators he and McDonough used Marriott’s car to take her body to Peirce Island in Portsmouth, where they threw it and her cellphone into the Piscataqua River.

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DOVER, N.H., June 5 (UPI) --A young woman testified this week that she watched as her former boyfriend killed missing University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott.

Kathryn McDonough tearfully said she helped Seth Mazzaglia pack Marriott's body in a suitcase. She said they drove to Pierce Island in Portsmouth, N.H., dumped the suitcase into the Piscataqua River.

McDonough also said she helped the coverup by sending Marriott a text message.

Prosecutors say Mazzaglia strangled Marriott, 19, of Westboro, Mass., with a bondage rope and then raped her in October 2012 because she refused to continue a game of strip poker.

McDonough, 20, was cross-examined by Mazzaglia's lawyer Thursday after two days of direct testimony. Joachim Barth suggested she changed her story when she was offered a plea deal, reminding her of what she originally told investigators.

"At that time, with nothing to gain or lose, you sat down and told us Liz Marriott died while you were having sex," Barth said.

The defense contends that Mazzaglia was not present when McDonough killed Marriott. The two young women worked together at Target.

On Wednesday, McDonough became so distraught on the stand that the judge called a temporary halt. She described Mazzaglia jumping on Marriott with the rope.

"Her arms curled up against her chest and her eyes were closed. I didn't know what to do," McDonough said.

She also wept as she said that Marriott would never be able to get married or have an adult life.

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After 10 days, attorneys on Monday finished their questioning of the state's star witness in the Seth Mazzaglia murder trial.

DOVER, N.H. — The ex-girlfriend of a man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire college student left the witness stand Monday after 10 days of questioning.

Kathryn McDonough ended her testimony the way she began it: Insisting that she initially lied when she said 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts, died while the two of them were engaged in rough sex that involved restraints. She testified that her then-boyfriend, 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, choked Marriott after she twice rejected his sexual advances.

Mazzaglia is charged with first-degree murder. McDonough has pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and is serving 1 ½ to three years in prison.

McDonough said she and Mazzaglia threw Marriott's body in a river that feeds into the ocean. Her body has never been found.

Lawyers for Mazzaglia spent a lot of their cross-examination pointing out inconsistencies between what McDonough told them at their first meeting and what she was telling the jury. Defense attorney Joachim Barth questioned McDonough extensively about whether she concocted the story blaming Mazzaglia to get years off her own sentence.

Mazzaglia was arrested Oct. 13, 2012. Two days later, McDonough told his defense team that she and Mazzaglia were both having sex with Marriott using rope restraints and breath-stopping techniques when Marriott had a seizure and died. McDonough testified at trial she concocted that story to protect Mazzaglia because she was still in love with him.

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