Some details emerge in Evergreen woman’s death |

Some details emerge in Evergreen woman’s death

GOLDEN – A woman whose 18-year-old brother is suspected of killing her was found at the bottom of a spiral staircase in their basement in Evergreen, with what a deputy thought was a ligature mark on her neck, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.

Zachariah Thomas Santaguida was being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth “Libby” Santaguida, 24. No formal charges have been filed.

“We’re all shocked. I would just leave it at that,” their father, Richard Santaguida, said Monday. He said the family hadn’t hired an attorney for his son yet.

Family members told Jefferson County sheriff’s investigators that Libby Santaguida hadn’t shown up to work Thursday with her father, who said he evaluates patients to see if they qualify to use medical marijuana.

Her 17-year-old sister found her at the bottom of the basement stairs and called 911 while she and her mother attempted CPR, the affidavit said.

Deputies said they found the woman’s pants were partially pulled down, exposing her underwear, and there appeared to be a ligature mark on her neck but nothing that could have made the mark.

Portions of the affidavit that was released Monday were redacted, and it’s unclear how she ended up in that condition.

An investigator said that as she spoke with the family, the suspect sat next to her, clipping his fingernails.

Sheriff’s officials arrested Zachariah Santaguida after interviewing him. He said he had gone to the basement Thursday to find some DVDs and beef raviolis when Elizabeth Santaguida came out of her bedroom and surprised him, the affidavit said.

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