Saturday, July 2, 2011

Exclusive: Phone Call Was Not Maura

A lot has been made of the cell phone call William Rausch received on his way to New Hampshire to help with the search for Maura Murray. When Rausch answered it, he heard only breathing and then the call was disconnected. The call was traced to a Red Cross number and some have proposed that it was actually Maura calling for help--Maura apparently had calling cards that were connected to the Red Cross.

The truth is less exciting.

A source close to the investigation now confirms the person who made the phone call has been located and interviewed. It was a Red Cross worker trying to reach William in reference to his requests for emergency leave from the military (the Red Cross can help servicemen get emergency leave in some cases). The Red Cross worker hung up because they believed they had reached voice mail and did not want to leave a message, opting to call again later to speak directly to Rausch.

This brings up another interesting detail. Outside Rausch and his family, nobody seems to have been aware of an official engagement between Maura and William. He could get emergency leave if he was married or engaged to the victim, but to do so without at least an engagement would have made things difficult.

Whatever the case, I find no fault in Rausch or his family. If there was no engagement, I would have done the same thing. He cared for her. He wanted to help find her.

I hope to interview William and his family one day, but to date they have not agreed to a time and place for that to happen.

18 comments:

  1. He wasn't enlisted, he is and has been an officer since he graduated WP. He never was enlisted. There is a very large difference there.
    Also, service members have to go through the Red Cross in order to get emergency leave in a situation like this always. It isn't a "sometimes" thing. However the Red Cross wasn't given his cell number, but his parents home number. And it would not be difficult for him to get emergency leave for this type of thing if he weren't engaged. Not at all.
    There was no official engagement. It was known to everybody that the engagement was going to happen, it just hadn't yet.

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  2. Thanks for the clarification on the enlisted point. I'm still researching military terminology. But yes the Red Cross did have his cell.

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    1. I've seen it reported that it was a voicemail but was later deleted. I believe this was on the ID special and came from BR or SR directly.

      When did the Red Cross call back?

      If they didn't, as SR claims in the ID special, why not?

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  3. The voice message was allegedly received at 7am Central Time (8am Eastern) as Billy was going through airport security in Dallas. Would administrative Red Cross personnel make a call at that early hour?

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    1. Very likely, especially if the call was from the East Coast. Emergency leave is taken care of ASAP, so a call early would be expected as it's an urgent situation.

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  4. Red Cross is available at all hours during an emergency. When I was in the military I had a death in the family and they called me at 2 am to inform me of information I needed.

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  5. You should take a look at the Branson perry case in skidmore mo. Small town did not get the press or FBI to pressure last few people seen with him 300 people in town I think you could get somewhere there

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  6. Not that it matters here, but I find it odd that the Red Cross handles emergency leave for military members. Why doesn't the military handle its own affairs? That's why we pay them the big bucks. And I don't like the idea of my charity dollars going towards something that should be handled by the US government. I'm just saying.

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    1. Yeah, I think so, too. Seems like a hidden agenda. Lots of non-profit organizations have those hidden agendas. Some of the money in Red Cross pays for their rescue workers' meals, too. But I know of missionaries who pay for their own meals. We have a right to know where the money we donate goes, and it doesn't sit well with me that it goes to feed the workers.

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  7. I am pretty convinced by Mr. Renner's post here; however, I would like very much to know if Billy was lying or if he honestly thought it was Maura using a calling card. I wonder what the statement on his phone bill (or the phone company records, whatever he had access to) actually said? If it just said "Red Cross" I can see how Billy might misconclude that it was Maura on a calling card, especially if he heard a woman's breathing in the voicemail. I think this is likely the case. People's imaginations and hopes can get the better of them at times like these.

    However, if the phone statement said something more specific than "Red Cross" and Billy was in fact lying, that tells us something.

    Finally, if it turns out that the call was in fact placed by Maura on a calling card (which I still think is possible), I would then conclude with 95% certainty that Maura ran away on purpose. In this day and age--even in 2004--you don't bring calling cards with you unless you're planning to call a foreign country or hoping to avoid being tracked.

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  8. why not go to a medium like Allison Dubois???? take a look at things from another perspective....Zeliha.S.

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  9. I can only base my questions off the few things such as the show Disappeared on ID Discovery and your information here.

    I had never heard about a phone call in question (one that William had answered) but I had heard from the show, about a voicemail left somewhere around 36 hours AFTER her disappearance where it was possibly her and William heard "sobbing and shivering" on the other end and felt it was her.

    Do you feel or have you found any information on this?? I know it was stated on the Disappeared case and they had video about this from a news station broadcast. I know they have not spoken with you but I was curious if this was ever followed up on more?

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  10. Thank you for filling us in on that, the phone call was a very strange element in this case. I at first thought maybe she called but didn't know what to say because she was in a world of trouble. So it wasn't her, so we aren't sure if she survived the cold night...the bus driver was the last one to see and talk to her. But come on, somebody knows something they are not telling!

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  11. Maybe Maura was abducted by Aliens, and secretly dropped off at the Red Cross, and cleverly disguised as a Red Cross worker, called Billy from there. :)

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  12. Im not so sure I believe that the "Red Cross Woman" who called Billy mysteriously hung up because they thought they had reached a voicemail? Did Billy not simply say "hello" when he answered the phone? Surely if he did, the person on the other end of the phone would have replied. HOWEVER, if it was Maura, lets remember that she was in rural NH, where cell phone service is scarce. It is more than feasible that Maura could have gotten in touch with Billy with what little service she may have picked up on her cell phone, and the call could have been lost shortly after connecting. Some things aren't making sense here.

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    1. The cryptic phone call is perhaps the most bizarre element of the whole case. My understanding was Billy was unable to take that call since it came in while he was on the airplane so it rolled over to voicemail. This whole thing is too weird and very frustrating. It is always very irritating when decades go by and you get no closure.

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  13. Its frustrating reading these responses. Lets review this. The author states definitively that the phone call in question to Billy (yes the one with the female breathing) has been traced and it was found to be a red cross worker calling Billy about his leave. The woman hung up, not wanting to leave a voice mail but clearly the voice mail recorded a few seconds of her breathing before this.

    You either believe the author and his investigations or do not. If you trust in his work, as I do, then there is no possible way that Muara Murray called Billy after the bus driver saw her that night she vanished. If you don't believe the investigations here then fine, but why engage with the research in that case? Some people are posting illogical justifications how it might still have been Murray calling in some manner. The evidence is pretty black and white, the call was traced and did not come from Muara.

    I actually always had a slight feeling this was a red herring, thanks for being able to follow up so doggedly.

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  14. This is incorrect. It was actually a voicemail left on his phone according to his mother's interview on the ID show disappeared.

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