Report: UNH student was slain during sexual encounter

Posted Oct. 17, 2012, at 7:13 p.m.

DOVER, N.H. — The death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott occurred during a sexual encounter, Foster’s Daily Democrat has learned.

However, Foster’s has been unable to confirm whether the sexual encounter was voluntary or involuntary.

Marriott, a 19-year-old UNH sophomore, disappeared on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is now believed to be dead.

Seth Mazzaglia, a 29-year-old Dover resident, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Marriott’s death.

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Although Marriott’s body has not been recovered, prosecutors say they have gathered “credible” evidence indicating Mazzaglia suffocated or strangled Marriott inside his apartment on Mill Street the night she went missing.

That night, Marriott was planning to see a female friend after leaving campus in Durham about 9 p.m., according to uncle Anthony Hanna. Hanna said the woman lives in an apartment on Mill Street with her boyfriend and that she became acquainted with Marriott while they were working together at a local Target.

Marriott failed to show up for work the next morning at Target in Greenland and also was absent from class on Thursday, Oct. 11, prompting a widespread search for the missing teenager. The attorney general’s office announced Marriott’s death Saturday and Mazzaglia was arraigned on the murder charge in court Monday.

Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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