Man charged with murder of missing University of New Hampshire student
Dover, NH, United States (4E) – A 29-year-old man has been charged Saturday with the death of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared last week on her way to visit a friend.
Assistant Attorney General James Vara said that although Elizabeth Marriott’s body has not been located, police believed that the teen is dead and arrested Seth Mazzaglia from Dover who was accused of second-degree murder of the missing student.
Mazzaglia is scheduled for arraignment on Monday at the Dover District Court.
Authorities have credible information that determined Marriott is dead, although the body is yet to be found.
Portsmouth and state police have been unsuccessful in searching the sorroundings of Prescott Park and Pierce Island in Portsmouth since 7:30 p.m. Friday night until until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Marriott’s car, a 2001 tan colored Mazda Tribute, was discovered in the university’s parking lot.
Vara stated that the incident is isolated and there are no existing threats to other students at the university.
He offered few details because the investigation is ongoing but acknowledged that the two knew each other and said, “we will continue with any and all resources available to us.”
It was reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has told family members to hold off their search efforts because of the recent findings.
The family are cooperating with a non-profit group that assists families of missing persons to map out possible areas where Marriott could have traveled and were getting ready to start another search from a location on Glenwood Avenue last Saturday.
The teen-ager, who commutes from Chester, was last seen on October 9 and a text message indicated she was heading to Dover to see friends before she vanished.
Investigators arrived on Mill Street in Dover on Friday evening where the suspect is reported to live.
Marriott’s family offered $10,000 reward for information to her whereabouts.
Police request those 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.