Marin County woman, 70, fatally stabbed at New Hampshire hotel

  • Rodney Hill, of West Danville, Vt., is escorted during his arraignment in District Court in Littleton, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Hill was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Catherine "Kitty" Houghton. (AP Photo/Caladonian-Record, Paul Hayes)

CONCORD, N.H. — A 70-year-old Marin County woman who was a trustee at a private school and a retired business counselor with the U.S. Foreign Service was stabbed to death in a random attack in a New Hampshire hotel lobby by another guest, authorities said Tuesday.

Catherine "Kitty" Houghton, of Novato, Calif., had traveled to New Hampshire for board meetings at the White Mountain School, her alma mater, in Bethlehem.

She was staying at the Hampton Inn in nearby Littleton and was in the lobby Monday evening when, prosecutors say, a 37-year-old man stabbed her in the neck and torso. Houghton died soon afterward at a hospital.

Littleton is a community of 4,000 just west of the White Mountains National Forest in northwest New Hampshire, near the Vermont border. Its last killing was in 1999.

Although a Vermont man was in custody, the lead prosecutor said she's at a loss to explain a motive.

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