Search for body of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott temporarily called off

Authorities temporarily called off the search Sunday for the body of Elizabeth Marriott, the 19-year-old college student who investigators believe was killed by an acquiantance after she disappeared Tuesday night.

Water conditions around Peirce Island were too dangerous for workers to continue looking for Marriott’s body, said Assistant District Attorney James C. Vara.

Police have charged a 29-year-old Dover man with Marriott’s death, Seth J. Mazzaglia. Mazzaglia is expected to be arraigned Monday morning in Dover District Court on one count of second-degree murder.

Vara said the island was reopened to the public. He would not comment on how cooperative Mazzaglia had been after his arrest or how investigators were led to the Island, which is located about 100 feet off the coast of Portsmouth and is connected by road to the mainland.


“We’re following the leads that we’ve been given in the investigation, and that has led us to the island,’’ Susan Morrell, a spokeswoman for New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, said Saturday.

Marriott, a native of Westborough, Mass., was studying marine biology at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She went missing after leaving the campus to visit friends about 6 miles away in Dover, where she had also stayed with an aunt while attending the university.

Prosecutors have declined to elaborate on her relationship with Mazzaglia, and have not said how they believe Marriott died. Mazzaglia is due in court Monday 10:45 a.m., Vara said.

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