Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Official Response


Because there has been so much conflicting information given to journalists who have reported on Maura's disappearance over the years, I am trying to get some definitive answers. Easier said than done.

Earlier this week, I sent the following questions to Lt. Todd Landry, the lead investigator in the case.

1. Is this search warrant a hoax? It appears on this website, with your name. If it is an actual document, the fact that it has been released by a state organization makes it public record now by default: http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2008/10/kingcast-and-trooper-todd-landry-take.html

2. What items were taken from Maura's vehicle? Several state police reps have commented on the record about this, which allows you to offer comment as well. Unfortunately, each time they were quoted, the info was slightly different.

3. Who was first on scene? Some reports have trooper John Kapp-Monagham as first on scene, some have Cecil Smith.


Here is Landry's response:

Mr. Renner, In response to your questions I offer the following:

The investigation is and has been on-going since the night Maura Murray went missing. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation I am limited to what can be released. In conferring with the lead prosecutor that is overseeing the case I can only confirm that the first responding police officer that was on the scene was Sgt. Cecil Smith of the Haverhill Police Department.


For reasons explained above, I would not be able to meet with you as no other information will be provided to you. Thank You for your understanding in this matter. Respectfully, Lt. Todd Landry


In any event, I think it says a lot that police are still treating this like an open and active case. The only reason to play that close to the vest would be if they believe there's a possibility of some sort of criminal charges at some point in the future.



10 comments:

  1. I disagree.

    If Police believe Maura was a suicide case or a runaway case, they would also keep info close to the vest or else they would be responsible for the media scrutiny that comes with making such allegations without being able to provide a body or the proof that Maura alive and well living a new life somewhere. Basically the UNKNOWN factor on what happened to maura is why the police are keeping a tight lip

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  2. Mr Renner , in your previous post you said that you spoke to Mr landy himself and it gave the impression that you confirmed the afidavit, but in this blog he states that he is guarding information and couldn't meet with you. Can you clarify?

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  3. Ask him about that skull found at the Littleton Horse Cemetery. That may invoke an interesting (non)response. As far as I know, noone here locally had heard boo about it.

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  4. Mr. Renner, thank you for this blog. You do a good job.

    I have to agree with the above poster that the police are tight-lipped for reasons other than prosecutorial discretion. I think from day one the police have never treated this case as anything more than a runaway, suicide, or death-by-misadventure. They have feigned an investigation only to placate Fred Murray and others, who make a lot a noise and won't accept any theory that doesn't involve foul play. They cannot show their hand because not because they are close to winning, but because they haven't been playing at all...

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    1. Suppose they are tight-lipped because they have located Maura, who is an adult, and doesn't want her family to know she ran away? In this case, they wouldn't be ABLE to tell the family - so in that situation, they wouldn't be able to "close" the case because that would draw more suspicion from the family. They can't release the records because they would say where she was living. Have you ever considered this? The same thing happened on the Doe Network. We put this person as located and her family contacted us saying we put her as "located" by mistake. We had to put her back on the site - because she does NOT want her family to know where she is. She has moved on and obviously there is a lot of resentment towards her family as she doesn't even want them to know she's alive. As an adult, she has a right to privacy and Law Enforcement is legally prevented from telling her family she is alive. It seems they could say she has been located and doesn't want contact with her family???

      Just a thought!

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  5. Renner: "The only reason to play that close to the vest would be if they believe there's a possibility of some sort of criminal charges at some point in the future."

    Or to practice the age old practice of "CYA" (??)

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  6. I know other people who live in North Country and who have been active in this and it was their impression last winter that something was going to jump off. I'm headed up this weekend with Liko's lawyers I may see that individual again, I'll let you know.

    C

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  7. The official NHSP response - or rather lack of such - pretty much amounts to the same tactic as employed throughout the last 7 1/2 years of the Maura Murray case.
    Saying nothing,doing nothing much?
    Hopefully not, but I certainly wouldn´t bank on it...
    The stubborn and continued refusal of the NHSP to bring in the FBI is also cause for concern, now just as previously.

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  8. "Anonymous said... Mr Renner , in your previous post you said that you spoke to Mr landy himself and it gave the impression that you confirmed the afidavit, but in this blog he states that he is guarding information and couldn't meet with you. Can you clarify? October 26, 2011 5:12 AM"

    I would like to know the response to this as well...
    ~jd

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  9. Here are a few questions and thoughts:
    The Condo she may have been headed to-was it booked? How much was it? If she only had $240 or so, I don't see how she would be able to pay for it unless she was going to use another stolen credit card.
    She was Drinking and Driving: Could she have been afraid that she was going to get a DUI. She may have been issued a warning after her first accident earlier in the week. If she was afraid that she was going to get a DUI she may have begun walking to the nearest pay phone to call her dad.
    Mapquest: Was the map headed to the condo? What were the other searches outside of the mountain climbing search that were on her computer?
    In the video by Alden Olson he says "maybe that's why she left me" Who is She? He looks at someone off to the right, who?
    Someone believes she came into a store with a man and asked for help. Has that woman been questioned as to if that man looks like Alden Olsen?
    She left the scene and locked the car. Somewhere along the way she got a ride. She planned to come back. It doesn't seem to me that she was running away, far more likely that she just needed a break and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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