I can now report that forensics on Maura Murray's computer at UMass revealed searches for websites related to pregnancy which were conducted just prior to her searches for lodging in the Stowe, Vermont area. She was specifically searching for material relating to the effects of excessive drinking on an unborn fetus, according to those familiar with the investigation.
In Feb, 2004, Maura was not in a good place. She'd been shown the door at West Point. Had reason to believe her boyfriend was unfaithful. Had just wrecked her father's car. And apparently suspected she could be pregnant. She sent an email to professors, in which she lied and said she would be missing classes due to a death in the family. Then, she packed her things and headed into the mountains.
Regardless of what happened next, there is no doubt in my mind Maura was running away. Even if it was only long enough to think through her troubles.
I may have been unclear in the post above. There were several searches about pregnancy conducted from Maura's computer that strongly suggested to investigators that Maura was either pregnant or thought she could be. The searches did not relate to any possible homework.