Sunday, July 31, 2011

Items found inside Maura's Car:









Some of the items Maura left behind in her car, like the bottles of alcohol, have been removed, but others still remain, including the coke bottle that allegedly contained booze of some sort.

Beside the bottle is a tag from a place called the Lynwood Cafe, located in Randolph, Mass, which is kind of an odd place for Maura to have visited. Here's a quote from one review:

The place is called the Lynwood Cafe, and it is located at a deserted-looking crossroads in a rather gritty part of Randolph. Aside from being relatively little-known, the Lynwood is nearly impossible to find if you don't know the area, and indeed, even people who have been to the place a few times (including this writer) still have trouble finding it. But for bar pizza, it may be the best in the Boston area, which makes it well worth seeking out if you like that style of pie.

Also does anyone know what the strange packet is resting in the change holder? I don't know what the metal contraption in the door compartment is, either, or if it was something left behind from the towing company. The parking pass was on the ground beside the car and may be unrelated.

39 comments:

  1. That stop and shop card still has a clear barcode. It could be scanned to see if she stopped there on Mon, Feb 9, 2004.
    It looks like she bought plastic paper plates. And that packet looks to me to be one of those you find in some food bags/packages, to help preserve the food. But then again, we get those packets in all of our leather products, anything from vests, chaps, boots to dusters. They help keep the item from mold.

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  2. The Lynnwood is a well known pizza place...it has the best pizza on the south shore...people will drive hours to get it...so no thats not abnormal

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  3. From the FDA: Devices containing natural rubber latex that contacts humans, as described in paragraph (b) of this section, shall bear the following statement in bold print on the device labeling:

    "Caution: This Product Contains Natural Rubber Latex Which May Cause Allergic Reactions."

    This statement shall appear on all device labels, and other labeling, and shall appear on the principal display panel of the device packaging, the outside package, container or wrapper, and the immediate device package, container, or wrapper.

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  4. Could it be a latex bandaid folded in half??? Looks different because it is from a hospital setting due to her nursing?

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  5. I believe that medical gloves contain natural rubber, so that could possibly be tha case here, considering that Maura was a nursing student.

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  6. If she's from Hanson, MA, then she's familiar with the Lynwood-their pizza is well-know in the area

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  7. Yeah, I think it is a band-aid. If you look closely, you can see where it says "APART" in blue letters with two blue arrows (pull apart...? to open...?). Our band-aids have the same warning about the latex printed on them.

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  8. I believe the metal box is a Air Bag Module/Unit/Computer

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    1. You are right, it is the plug unit that attaches the air bag to the pressure sensor.

      About the strange packet made me think of something- I was a big time runner and I ate nuts for quick energy- the wrapping on the containers at that time were made of natural rubber because they would shrink onto the opening of the container and there was a warning on the label that the packaging contained natural rubber- I read someone thought that a ups code was from Walgreens mixed nuts- that is what made me think of this. They now use a cardboard cover or latex free- Medical supplies from the hospital started to use Latex free packaging before 2004- so it is not likely it is from a glove package- it would say product if it was talking about what was inside the wrapping- this says the packaging contains the rubber- I did not see anything that resembled "apart" on that package.

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  9. You really think that's the same Diet Coke bottle that the cops describe in the report? Seriously? I kind of doubt it. Something like that would be bagged and tagged (one would hope). That's undoubtedly just random trash. Maura was said to have drunk Diet Coke all the time.

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  10. Maura's Stop and Shop card is 2210574532038 ... is there a way to get a record of purchases from the card number? Just wondering?

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  11. The packet in the change holder is probably from some kind of medical supply. Those packets can usually be found in boxes of rubber gloves now because so many people have allergies to latex. It could either be hers or maybe belong to the cops if they used them when searching her car or dusting for prints.

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  12. Hey James - click on some of the results of this search from the words on that packet: (a lot of them regard FERTILITY PRODUCTS.

    http://www.google.com/webhp?um=1&hl=en&q=%22packaging+contains+natural+rubber%22+%22may+cause+allergic%22&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=25578l27049l0l27271l10l9l0l0l0l4l209l1200l3.5.1l9l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1440&bih=785&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=webhp&source=hp&q=%22packaging+contains+natural+rubber%22+%22may+cause+allergic%22&pbx=1&oq=%22packaging+contains+natural+rubber%22+%22may+cause+allergic%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=0l0l0l1274l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=2efe89794edd7b49&biw=1440&bih=785

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    1. Brian:
      Like you that was my first thought- then I did more research and realized that there is much more information that is included on a prophylactic package then just a caution warning. I also thought of the bandage package- but I have been in the hospital for 28 years and worked in almost every area and it looks more like a package that contained a small medical device like a needle that comes in sheet of perforated borders/

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  13. Anonymous @4:11 pm it is an Airbag Control Module. Great work! You can do a google search to find a picture of them or they sell them on Ebay too!

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  14. The lid with the UPC is from a product purchased from Walgreens.
    "East-West Distributing Co in Deerfield, IL is a private company categorized under Wholesale Pharmaceutical Products." http://www.manta.com/c/mmlzpp3/east-west-distributing-co
    I tried to look up the UPC on several databases online and there was no information available.

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  15. When I looked in the UPC databases, they showed similar UPC's with close numbers and Walgreen's mixed nuts was a close one. I would guess it was a food container. I don't know if that company manufactures food for Walgreen's or just medical products though.

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    1. I used a UPC database and distributing company also- It was through Walgreens- unfortunately, due to time the code is no longer available- The mixed nuts were somewhat close- but a much closer match was a plastic pumpkin with all but the last three numbers- It also says Made in China- if it were nuts it would say something like a product of china- you don't make nuts-So now it seems to shoot down the theory of the other folded paper. I did ask colleagues at work what they thought- we have all been in the medical field as nurses- one thought that it was an old container for a needle. I really don't think this means anything though- I had medical equiptment all over all my vehicles- you put that in your pocket and then realize it and throw in in the trays in your car. Really I don't think any of these things are significant to her disappearance

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  16. I can't help but go back and look at the links from the Google results listed above and see that what might be in the package located next to the emergency brake is something that can end a pregnancy...

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    1. This makes no sense to me. Maura was an intelligent nursing student. If she were pregnant why would she drive all over the countryside before ending her pregnancy? Also I know of no women that could keep that information to herself, even if it was unwanted. You cannot get medicine to end a pregnancy without a prescription and a doctor consult.if she were pregnant why would she bring her birth control? Someone also made the case about the alcohol. This was not a flighty high schooler- she was intelligent, organized, methodical, precise- there are way better methods to legally end an unwanted pregnancy- she was surrounded by medical people who could help her. I don't feel it.

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    2. Put differently, she was going to school in Amherst, Massachusetts, arguably the bluest area in a very blue state. I think that if she wanted to end a pregnancy, she would have done it in the convenience of her own backyard and not driven all the way up to rural New Hampshire.

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    3. If it were a late term pregnancy (3 months or more ) there are only a few clinics across the US that are allowed to terminate the pregnancy. One is in Burlington VT.

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  17. James,

    I blew up the picture of the object in the change holder and messed with some of the photographic settings. Hard to make out much, but I think it is some kind of warning label. The phrase "which may cause" is readable and there appears to be other languages on the paper. Sometimes such warning labels come wrapped around prescription bottles. I wonder if this simply is the warning label from the oral contraceptives I have read hear that she was taking.

    John G.

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  18. Scratch my last.. should've read the posts first. Impressive! John G.

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  19. I think the parking pass was hers or belonged to someone she knew because I have the same pass. It belongs to an apartment complex in Amherst not far from the UMass campus. I can provide a picture of mine if you would like.

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    1. Yes. Please send a pic to my email: becarriedaway@hotmail.com Which complex was it?

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  20. Actually, you can probably disregard my post. I didn't realize these were pictures you took outside the car years afterward. I thought they were photos from the scene. I'd imagine that sticker is unrelated then. If the car's been sitting there for a while it could have come from anywhere. Was weird to see a similar-looking parking pass to my own though, especially in a case that occurred in my town.

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  21. The tag could be from anywhere. I found one place that sells them here: http://www.pbp1.com/Parking/Product/Sticker-Permits/Stock/Rectangle/Y44FG1

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  22. In regards to the Lynwood Cafe thing in her car... I'm from Hanson & about the same age.. Didn't she disappear in Feb after leaving Amherst... When would she have been at Lynwood Cafe in Randolph? Christmas break? Seems very strange to me... That she would have trash from a Cafe she was supposedly no where near...

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  23. I heard on "Disappeared" that she took her school books with her. Just as a double-check, can you confirm? If she did it could indicate that she did intend to return rather than run away as she could keep up with studies. Still puzzled about the dorm room condition too.....

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  24. Although others have posted the same, it appears that the warning label is from something latex based, most likely gloves or medical equipment (that a nursing student would come in contact with) or possibly condoms (which many people in their 20s come into contact with). The full text of the label is probably: "Caution: This Product Contains Natural Rubber Latex Which May Cause Allergic Reactions."

    A relevant link: http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/deviceregulationandguidance/guidancedocuments/ucm070925.htm

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  25. I copied and pasted the wrong text in my last post, which should read: "Caution: The Packaging of This Product Contains Natural Rubber Latex Which May Cause Allergic Reactions."

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  26. Is the windshield cracked as reported? I couldn't tell in these photos.

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  27. A serial killer/rapist picked her up as she was hitchiking after she crashed her car, right after the bus driver had called 911.

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    1. Wow...so a serial killer just happened to be right there, on a lonely road in a remote area, just minutes after she happened to crash her car? Quite a coincidence, don't you think?

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    2. These are tough things to hypothesize w/o all the info. Yes, I feel the info is incomplete. The investigators can't let go of certain items to corner a suspect later. But, it does point as a crime of convenience. She is(was) smart. She made some mistakes and was trying to play catch up for a week. She makes a judgment error as she has appeared to do as of late. Crashes her car, and doesn't want a DUI so she grabs a ride with a person she didn't fear. Gone. She had a plan to return, she was a woman of actions. I agree with her dad, and I find it strange that some video would use his exact word he quoted. If that was a coincidence, the poster is guilty of "interfering with an investigation" and should be tracked down. What if when the last witness left, a person offered to "help" but the car wouldn't start because "help" shoved a rag in the muffler when "help" was getting flares or another ruse. Get this Person. Apologies to friends and family.

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    3. The object in the door appears to be a silica packet, which usually comes packaged with things that are made of leather, but I have also seen them packaged with such things as beef jerkey, nuts, and even hand warmers.

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  28. Lynwood Cafe is an institution. Family owned for over 50 years. Friendly. Great pizza. It would be weirder if she grew up in the South Shore and HADN'T visited it.

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