NEWINGTON, N.H. — In its twelfth day, the search for a missing University of New Hampshire student officials believe to be murdered continued up river from the original search site in Portsmouth waters.
The search for the body of 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, of Chester, continued Wednesday into the waters near Fox Point Road in Newington just north of the Peirce Island area in Portsmouth, where much of the search has been concentrated.
According to Associate Attorney General Jane Young, canvassing that area has always been a part of the search, but day- to-day decisions on where to resume the search are made by Marine Patrol based on weather conditions and the tide.
Though some media reports Wednesday indicated the search had expanded into new areas, Young said this was actually nothing new.
“It’s been expanded beyond Peirce Island for a number of days,” Young said.
She also said the search has continued to points even farther south than Peirce Island as Marine Patrol follows the tide.
Both New Hampshire and Maine Marine Patrol have been working jointly in the search along with New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Coast Guard and volunteers.
Seth Mazzaglia of Dover was charged earlier this month with second-degree murder in the death of Marriott. He is accused of strangling or suffocating her in his apartment.
On Monday, Young told Foster’s the cost relating to search expenses have not been calculated at this time and that the focus of officials and everyone involved remains on “finding Lizzi.”
On Tuesday, Prescott Park and Peirce Island were closed to the public as Fish and Game launched a planned dive in the hopes of recovering Marriott’s body. Aircraft has also been assisting in the search.
Dover resident Seth Mazzaglia, 29, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lizzi, who last communicated with a friend via text on Tuesday, Oct. 9, just before 10 p.m. while attending class at the UNH Durham campus.
(c)2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)
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