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.