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New Details Emerge in Murder of Lizzi Marriott

Foster's Daily Democrat and WBZ-TV reported the news today.

Foster's Daily Democrat is reporting that 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student and Westborough resident Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott was killed during a "sexual encounter."

The Dover, NH, newspaper did not name its source, saying only, "Foster's has learned the murder of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott occurred during a sexual encounter." Seth Mazzaglia of Dover, NH, has been charged with second degree murder in connection with Marriott's death on Oct. 9.

WBZ-TV is also reporting this afternoon that police are investigating claims that Marriott was killed during a "group sex encounter" with Mazzaglia and another woman.

The Daily Mail is citing a law enforcement agent as saying a sexual enounter played a part in the murder.

Calls to the attorney general's office today have not been returned. Officials are not commenting on whether the reported sexual encounter was voluntary or involuntary.

Meanwhile, the search for Marriott's body continues in the waters off Peirce Island in Portsmouth.

samantha loo October 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
This is such a tragic story for our community, and my heart goes out to the family, but we can't expect The Patch to hold back on details as they emerge! cmon. The Metrowest news had it in big letters in their headline! I for one want to know what happened. this is already all over the news, so i'd like to be able to come to my Patch and read about it.
TBH October 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Samantha, FYI the metrowest news and the Patch are one in the same....no surprise that they plastered it on their front page. Actually, there were many news outlets that did not run with this and are to be applauded for not furthering the spread of an unsubstantiated story from an anonymous source. The Patch is in essence, her family's hometown newspaper. I for one, would have hoped for more journalistic integrity, discretion and compassion.
Barbara Richmond October 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Bravo, Christine. Well said, and wise.
susan October 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Except reports based on unnamed sources will not tell you what happened. Only thing it will tell is that tabloid believers will rush to read such reports, upping the clicks to the reporting media's site.
LHR October 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
It does look as though the Patch is responding to readers' concerns. The version of the story that is appearing now does include a mention of "involuntary" along with "sexual encounter." And the prurient angle seems toned down. Of course, I, like others who knew Lizzi, would rather not see her name connected to any of these allegations.

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