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Search for lost student is suspended in N.H.

Officials believe Elizabeth Marriott, 19, was killed by an acquaintance.

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Officials believe Elizabeth Marriott, 19, was killed by an acquaintance.

Authorities in New Hampshire temporarily called off the search Sunday for the body of Elizabeth Marriott, 19, the college student from Massachusetts who investigators believe was killed by an acquaintance after she disappeared Tuesday night.

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

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Police have charged a Dover, N.H.,man with Marriott’s death. Seth J. Mazzaglia, 29, is to be arraigned Monday in Dover District Court on a count of second-degree murder. Mazzaglia is due in court at 10:45 a.m.

Vara would not comment on how cooperative Mazzaglia had been after his arrest or how investigators were led to the island, off the coast of Portsmouth and reachable by road. 

“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, 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. She had been staying with an aunt in Chester, N.H., while attending the university.

Prosecutors declined to elaborate on Marriott’s relationship with Mazzaglia or how they believe Marriott died. On a website that appeared to belong to Mazzaglia, he calls himself an “actor, writer, and fight choreographer.”

Marriott, known as Lizzi, was mourned by family and friends in Westborough Saturday night. Her father, Bob Marriott, briefly addressed a crowd of more than 100 gathered at a candlelight vigil before breaking down in tears.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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