Saturday, October 13, 2012

UPDATE: Body Found On Pierce Island Related To Lizzi Marriott Disappearance

DOVER, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A crime scene on Pierce Island has become the latest focus in the search for a missing UNH studentand Westboro resident.

Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott has been missing since last Tuesday, and the search for her has led police and FBI to Pierce Island.

While a heavy police presence and a large area of Prescott Park being taped off indicates the significance of the scene, police have made no statement as to the relation of Pierce Island to Marriott’s disappearance.

That silence has been troubling for family members, who showed up at the scene looking for answers.

“I just want to get answers for my family and do anything I can to help bring her home safely,” Marriott’s aunt, Rebecca Tyning, said.

Searchers have been combing seacoast communities after Marriott disappeared after making 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.


Crime scene at Dover apartment building
May be connected to missing UNH student

Police were seen entering an apartment building in Dover late Friday night and a Dumpster in the parking lot was taped off with crime scene tape.

The building is on Mill Street, right along the edge of the Piscatiqua River.

The apartment is believed to be where Lizzi Marriott was headed late Tuesday night to visit a friend. She has not been heard from since and police, family and friends have launched a massive search effort.

Police would not say if the activity Friday night was related to the Marriott disappearance, but did refer all questions to the investigator with the state Attorney General's Office, which is handling her case.

This police activity all took place while investigators swarmed Peirce Island in Portsmouth Friday where they told News 9 it was a recovery effort and they expected to find a body. Again, police would not say if that scene was related to the Marriott case, but most of the investigators involved in that case were at Peirce Island, along with one of Marriott's aunts.

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