Sunday, August 28, 2011

Why did Maura leave the party?


Saturday, Feb. 7, two nights before she went missing, Maura was having drinks with friends in the dorms at UMass. At around 2:30 am, she told friends she was going to bed but, instead, left the dorms, got into the car she had borrowed from her father, Fred Murray, earlier that night, and drove it toward the motel he was staying at in nearby Hadley. On the way, she ran into a guardrail and caused $8,000 in damage to the vehicle, causing Fred to get a rental to drive home the next day.

I thought the accident happened some distance from UMass, but you can see from these pictures it was relatively nearby. That is the guardrail, and the other is pointed the other way. You can clearly see UMass from the scene of the accident.

Why in the world was Maura going to her father's hotel room at 2:30 in the morning?

-A special thank to Clint for sharing these photos.

34 comments:

  1. It seems so illogical. The last person I wanted to see at that age at 2:30 am was my Dad. Maybe that isn't where she was going. Maybe she only said that after the fact, to hide her real destination.

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  2. @ Connie,

    A friend and I wondered the same thing.

    Jumping way off your idea, a girl on Maura's dorm floor said in an interview that she didn't even know Maura lived on her floor. That makes me wonder if Maura spent a lot of time with a friend off-campus. Maybe she had packed up in preparation for moving to a shared off-campus apartment? Most articles have described Maura as a private person, so maybe she hadn't even told her friends yet?

    From living in similar dorms, I know that by second semester I'd recognize everyone on my floor --- even if they were very busy students and I just ran into them occasionally while washing up late at night... There were several girls who kept their dorm room (costly!) while actually living off campus with a boyfriend, and only periodically returning to the dorm. Just speculating.

    Also, maybe Maura didn't lie when she told her supervisor Thursday night that she had a roommate for company --- maybe instead of going into the single dorm room, she had an off-campus friend/roommate pick her up? From "Disappeared", if you pause as the cellphone bills are shown, it looks like Maura made a call that night at 3:40PM, likely (judging by the number) to Domino's Pizza which is open and delivers until 4AM. Just tossing out ideas... trying to make sense of this.

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  3. Everyone always tries to make bad things out of stuff like this. Sometimes there's a simple explanation instead of the reason being sensational as everyone tries to do.

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  4. I see you updated/approved comments but I see that you made the decision to not post the one with the simple explanation of her going to her Father's room. You see, she had his car and they had plans to get up in the morning and go look at cars for her.

    She wasn't comfortable driving the Saturn and there were plans to go car shopping for a new one. This is the simple explanation for going to her Father's hotel room at 2:30 a.m.

    By your not posting this, it lends credence to those that say you aren't seeking the truth....only to boost book sales and make situations more sensational than they are.

    Let's see if you post this second attempt....prove that you are looking for answers because that's the answer to this one.

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  5. I didn't post your answer simply because it makes no sense and is a faulty argument. Why not wait until the morning to drive out to her father's motel? Using your reasoning, she drove there at 2:30 in the morning so that she could go looking for cars with her father eight hours later. Why sleep in her father's motel room instead of sleep in her dorm room and then pick him up in the morning. And keep in mind she'd been drinking, too.

    No, logically, that drive had nothing to do with the car situation.

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  6. It is hysterical that 7:51 is acting like their argument is logical. It simply is not. It is not logical for someone to drive at 2:30 am to her father's hotel room just so they could leave the next morning, when she could easily have gone there in the a.m.

    The great thing about the loons who are posting this nonsense is that it is a glaring blinking red light that you are close to something they don't want you to know, James.

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    1. Reading this much later, but this is a GREAT observation! ~ John Green

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    2. James... something got screwed up. My "great observation" comment belongs under 8/31/11 @ 5:52 a.m. - the comment about how the protestations of loons are guiding you to something. I am not sure where it ended up. ~ John G.

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  7. Well, you know total speculation of course but maybe she said she was going back to her room and that was her intention, and then when she got there she got it in her head to go and see her Dad. Not everyone's relationship with their Dad is the same, perhaps she went back to her room and things were bothering her, she was worked up, slightly intoxicated and through some sort of odd reasoning decided it was a good idea to go to her Dad, maybe sleep at her Dad's motel room and head out together in the morning. Perhaps her Dad was a comfort to her, and she wanted to wake him up and bend his ear, I know my Dad would have woken up and wouldn't have cared what time it was. just some thoughts. She didn't necessarily lie to the people at the party, she might have just changed her mind.

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  8. more than likely, Maura had something on her mind that was bugging the snot out of her. So after partaking in building up some liquid courage, I believe she felt confident enough to confront her father in the middle of the night.

    It is known that at her dorm party, Maura had blurted out randomly throughout the night that she felt the urge to go to her father's hotel and her friends thought she was crazy and advised her that it was a horrible idea.

    Maura had to lie to her friends, or they would've likely not let her follow through.

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  9. Nancey,

    I also think dad would've cared if he could tell she had been drinking and driving.

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  10. I'm prepared to keep an open mind on this event. Maura really could have just wanted to spend the night with her visiting Dad. The ensuing accident and then her disappearance may make this (and other) incidents more important than they really are. I do concede, however, the whole thing strikes me personally as very odd.

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  11. What does dad have to say about their relationship? Would Maura showing up at 0230 been unusual for her?

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  12. After hearing about this, I first believed that she was too scared to be in her dorm alone, that maybe someone was stalking her. She left her job crying and had someone escort her back, she spends her night in her friends dorm at a party (away from her room again) then rushes to see her Dad late at night so that she is not alone.

    However, if it was her sisters phone call that made her cry...then that would negate this theory...

    I now believe that there was something on her mind that she had to tell her dad that might have been something easier to tell her father than her friends. Maybe it was concerning a family issue? Maybe it was just too personal to tell her friends? Im not sure...

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  13. I agree with the other poster that Maura had something troubling her, and she drank to lower her inhibitions so she could tell her father something important to her.

    Nothing else makes sense. The wreck on the way to her father's hotel made it impossible to share her thoughts with her dad, and it would have probably have made her even more distraught. (Speculation only--but if I put myself in her shoes that night, this is the only thing that makes any sense to me.)

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  14. Maura could have called her dad if she needed/wanted to talk to him.

    When I was her age, the only reason I can think of that I would have driven somewhere in the middle of the night (slightly tipsy) was to see a boy. Probably one that I thought my friends would not approve of.

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  15. Is there any records of her phone calls from that night? Even computer records?
    And what direction was she going from campus? Is that the same direction to the hotel?

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  16. Maura was headed directly for her father's motel. Had she not crashed into the guard rail, she would've turned left and ended up about two miles later onto Russell St. which is where her father was staying. Her point of wreck was just over a mile from her dorm and just under three to three and a half miles from her dads motel.

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  17. Hmmm...was this the same day that she was found catatonic with stress and mumbling about her sister?

    Has anyone suggested that whatever she found out about her sister (assuming there was something and she wasn't just imagining it or making it up) led her to want to confront her father? I mean, could the sister's 'revelation' have been something that made Maura angry with Fred?

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    1. it was a couple of nights after she was found "catatonic with stress and mumbling about her sister"

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  18. How drunk WAS Maura when this all went down? If she was pretty hammered, then there is no point in trying to make sense out of her actions. Maybe she decided to go talk to her dad. Her spending the night at the room, even though it only had one bed, makes perfect sense if she was drunk and had already wrecked a car. I don't think she drove to her dad's hotel with the intent of staying the night there.

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    1. I've wondered this too...it definitely seems to have been confirmed that Maura was drinking that night - however, that doesn't mean she was drunk, especially if she only had a few drinks over the course of several hours, or had a few drinks to start off the night but then didn't drink any more for the next couple of hours.

      But you are right - if she was fairly drunk, there is no point trying to make too much sense of her actions, because there are things you wouldn't do sober that seem perfectly reasonable when drunk.

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    2. Maura must have had a few drinks. But the fact that she was not cited for DWI means she could not possibly have been that intoxicated...

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    3. How do you crash into a guard rail when the speed limit is only 30mph? She had to have been drunk. But why no ticket??

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  19. As a 22 year old female student myself, I will say that this is definitley possible. I am very close with my family and especially my parents and being away for college as I am now I could see myself doing the same thing. There have been many nights where I would skip seeing my friends to go be with family. Especially ifI was feeling homesick or was stressed out being at college and on campus for so long. If Maura was homesick, stressed or was having a rough time if she was anything like I am now I can definitley relate to wanting to see your parent. She could see her friends any day of the week or party any day of the week but if her dad only visits once a month or so and is leaving the next day I could see her wanting to spend as much time as possible with him.

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    1. I like this reply. It is simple and possibly closer to the truth. When I visited my daughter in college, she would come and stay with me at the hotel and go to class every morning and come back after classes...and again spend the night.

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    2. But would she show up drunk at 2:30? While I am super close to my and often call her at 5 pm and say, "I'm coming - be there around 8!" I would never show up drunk. And I especially wouldn't show up drunk at 2:30. Even when inhibitions are lowered by alcohol there is generally something that keeps us from doing shit we know would get us in serious trouble, like knocking on a parent's door at 2:30, wasted. Now, one thing I can think is that if she actually were pregnant/had had an abortion maybe the drinking and need to tell someone WAS enough to override her brain and let her drive to go see her dad. But otherwise I think the theory that she just wanted to spend time with her dad is crazy.

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  20. This is probably irrelevant, but I question that this is the guardrail involved in the first accident. For one thing, all the news articles I've read claim that that accident occurred on Route 9 in Hadley. The intersection depicted in these photos is that of North Hadley Road and North Maple Street in Amherst. Neither of these streets are part of Route 9. The intersection shown is roughly 1-1.5 miles from Route 9. (I live in the area, but this is easily verifiable through Google Maps Street View.)

    I wasn't able to find an incident report from this accident in the Documents section. Do you have one available?

    Again, the location is immaterial to the fact that she did crash her father's car early in the morning, but I feel that piecing together an accurate picture of the events prior to her disappearance is important. If she hit this guardrail, travelling straight at a T-style intersection, it implies a different degree of intoxication/distraction than it does if the accident happened elsewhere, where she may have just veered off the road, as happens with drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (The accident occurred well after midnight.)

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  21. I just recently tried to post to this set of comments and mentioned that the intersection pictured was in Amherst. I just went and drove by and it is indeed in Hadley, but it's still not on Route 9 as the accident is mentioned in various news accounts.

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  22. What I really, really, would like to know is why Maura was not charged with intoxication if that is in fact what she was and caused the accident with her fathers's car. It is an important simple question and nonetheless it remains unanswered. To me is mind boggling because that is what police do when encountering DWI drivers.....

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  23. Has anyone speculated that Maura and her father had an illicit relationship?

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    1. I have, and if you read some of the comments it makes sense in a lot of weird ways. Of course it's speculation, but consider what's been said:

      "I now believe that there was something on her mind that she had to tell her dad that might have been something easier to tell her father than her friends. Maybe it was concerning a family issue?"

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      "When I was her age, the only reason I can think of that I would have driven somewhere in the middle of the night (slightly tipsy) was to see a boy. Probably one that I thought my friends would not approve of."

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      "Has anyone suggested that whatever she found out about her sister...led her to want to confront her father? I mean, could the sister's 'revelation' have been something that made Maura angry with Fred?"

      So we have a woman who presumably got some upsetting news from her sister, and a couple nights later leaves a party after drinking, and even announcing to her friends that she might be doing so. They say it's a bad idea.

      My question is, what was Maura's real relationship with her father? What was her sister's relationship? What happened to upset Maura and possibly confront her father? If there was something illicit going on in the family, all of this makes sense.

      Pure conjecture, but it is a theory that conveniently fits.

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    2. I have, and if you read some of the comments it makes sense in a lot of weird ways. Of course it's speculation, but consider what's been said:

      "I now believe that there was something on her mind that she had to tell her dad that might have been something easier to tell her father than her friends. Maybe it was concerning a family issue?"

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      "When I was her age, the only reason I can think of that I would have driven somewhere in the middle of the night (slightly tipsy) was to see a boy. Probably one that I thought my friends would not approve of."

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      "Has anyone suggested that whatever she found out about her sister...led her to want to confront her father? I mean, could the sister's 'revelation' have been something that made Maura angry with Fred?"

      So we have a woman who presumably got some upsetting news from her sister, and a couple nights later leaves a party after drinking to see her father, and even announcing to her friends that she might be doing so. They say it's a BAD idea.

      My question is, what was Maura's real relationship with her father? What was her sister's relationship? What happened to upset Maura and possibly confront her father? If there was something illicit going on in the family, all of this makes sense.

      Pure conjecture, but it is a theory that conveniently fits.

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  24. Is it possible that the way she was going could also have taken her to the home of the track coach?

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