I don't know why missing persons cases intrigue me so much. Probably because there's very little evidence and all you can think about is how the family wants closure.
Maura Murray (born May 4, 1982) disappeared on the evening of February 9, 2004, after a car crash on Route 112 in Woodsville, New Hampshire, a village in Haverhill. Her whereabouts remain unknown. She was a nursing student completing her junior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the time of her disappearance.
On the afternoon of Monday, February 9, before she left the university campus, she emailed her professors and work supervisor, writing that she was taking a week off due to a death in the family; this claim could not be corroborated by her family. At 7:27 pm, a local woman reported a car accident on a sharp corner of Route 112 adjacent to her home. A passing motorist who also lived nearby stopped at the scene, and asked the woman driving the car if she needed assistance; she declined, claiming to have called roadside assistance. Upon arriving home several minutes later, the motorist reported the accident to emergency services. At 7:46 pm, law enforcement arrived at the scene, but the woman had disappeared.
Police traced the vehicle to Murray, and initially treated her as a missing person on the belief that she may have wanted to disappear voluntarily. This speculation was based on her travel preparations (about which she had confided nothing to friends or family) and no obvious evidence of foul play. In 2009, Murray's case was given to the New Hampshire cold case division, and authorities are handling it as a "suspicious" missing persons case.
In the years after Murray's disappearance, her case would receive media attention on 20/20 and Disappeared, and also garner significant speculation on Internet message boards and forums, with theories ranging from abduction to voluntary disappearance. In 2017, the case was the subject of a documentary series on the Oxygen network, which described Murray's disappearance as the "first crime mystery of the social media age”, having occurred days after the launch of Facebook.
This is one of the nations most bizzare missing person's cases. Not only because of the young woman missing... but also because of the circumstances leading up to her disappearance. Makes you wonder what else was going on in her life to make her want to voluntarily disguise her initial steps.
Last Edit: May 9, 2019 3:55:44 GMT -8 by Dark Eagle
They searched a house close to the accident scene because of the reaction of a cadaver dog. But once they dug up the spot in the basement, it turned out nothing. Keep in mind... when the discover first occurred, the current homeowner was not present in 2004.
I’m a little bit familiar with this case, but not really. There are a lot of odd variables, but aren’t there always? She was sketchy but it’s hard to believe that she was that determined and smart to just completely disappear. Something must have happened to her during that 15 minute window between when she crashed her car and the cops showed up.
The newest bump occurred Monday, when New Hampshire State Police announced bone fragments had been discovered near Loon Mountain, a remote skiing and hiking resort more than 100 miles north from where Murray hit a tree in Haverhill.
"A search of the area has been conducted, an investigation is ongoing, and diagnostic testing is pending to determine age and possible sex of the bone fragments,” the state police said in a statement, noting the medical examiner, Lincoln Police Department officers and the U.S. Forestry Service were aiding in the recovery effort.
Murray's family, who have steadfastly searched for her and advocated for the missing, asked for privacy Monday.
“My family is aware of the recent discovery of bone fragments near Loon Mountain and we ask that the public not interfere with the investigation,” Murray’s sister Julie said.
“If these bone fragments belong to a human, they deserve to be correctly identified, their relatives properly notified, and cause of death determined. I have reached out to law enforcement for additional details and am awaiting their response,” she said.
The strange saga of Maura's case has been chronicled by podcasts and dozens of media stories, news magazine episodes including "20/20" and an "Oxygen" exposé. In each case, members of her family continued to ask for the public's help. ____
Hopefully this is her and her family can have closure.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2021 15:44:44 GMT -8 by Dark Eagle