Did Marissa Pagli's Mother Strangle Manhattanville College Student to Death?

(Personal Photo)
(Personal photo)
PURCHASE, N.Y. (CBS/AP) Marissa Pagli, the Manhattanville College student whose body was found by her father in their shared staff housing apartment Monday, may have been strangled by her mother, sources inside the investigation said.

Photo: Marissa Pagli.

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Stacey Pagli was found unconscious in the family's Purchase, N.Y., apartment, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. An unnamed source close to the investigation told the Journal News that Stacey Pagli may have attempted suicide after strangling her daughter, and may have left a note.

Marissa Pagli's body was found by her father, John Pagli, a maintenance worker at the college, and police quickly said the death was a result of domestic disturbance to allay fears of a random killer on the loose on campus.

Photo: Marissa Pagli.

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Harrison Police Capt. Anthony Maraccini would not confirm reports of the mother's involvement but did say that the father is not a suspect and that they are not actively looking for a suspect.

Maraccini said they could not confirm the cause of death and are awaiting an autopsy report.

"This is a very disturbing and bizarre crime," Maraccini said. "It's very difficult for me to give any comment without threatening the integrity of the investigation."

College officials offered grief counseling, and said that plans were being made for a vigil and memorial service.

Visiting hours will be Thursday evening at Craft Memorial Home in Port Chester. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony of Padua Church in West Harrison.

Marissa Pagli is survived by her parents and a sister, Gianna, 3.

A Facebook memorial page was created to allow friends to share their memories of Marissa Pagli and quickly grew to over 1,000 members on Tuesday.

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February 23, 2010 - Marissa Pagli, Manhattanville College Student, Found Dead, Mother Found Unconscious in Staff Housing