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New Hampshire

October 13, 2012

Searchers scour seacoast for missing UNH student

DOVER, N.H. — Searchers combed seacoast communities yesterday for a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared after she made plans to visit friends earlier this week.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said investigators searched for Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott “from the sea, land and sky” and continued to hold out hope of finding her alive.

Young said a bulletin was broadcast to police nationwide with Marriott’s description and that of the car she was driving — a tan 2001 Mazda Tribute. The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

“At this point I would stress this is a missing person investigation,” Young said, adding that the legion of FBI agents and state and local investigators “does not mean that we think something nefarious has happened to Lizzi.”

“We are not losing hope in this case,” Young said.

Young said investigators are not ruling out anything, including the possibility that Marriott’s car went off the road or foul play. Young also said investigators know the identities of the friends Marriott was planning to meet and have contacted them.

Family members and friends blanketed the Dover area yesterday with colored flyers bearing two photos of her and the statement that her cellphone was last used in Dover at 10:11 p.m. Tuesday.

Marriott attended a class at the university Tuesday night and made plans to visit friends in Dover.

Lizzi Marriott’s grandmother, Susan Marriott, was tending the phone at the Chester home where her granddaughter lives while other family members were out handing out fliers and searching for her.

“I’m just holding down the fort here in case a call comes from her, which would be such a godsend,” Susan Marriott said.

She said the FBI and other investigators were at the house for much of the day interviewing family members.

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