Thursday, October 20, 2011

The search warrant and what it implies...


A few weeks ago, I discovered what appears to be a search warrant filed by Lt. Todd Landry of Troop F on this obscure website.

Here it is:

Supporting Affidavit for Issuance of Search Warrant I, Todd D. Landry, do hereby depose and say;

1. That I am currently employed by the State Police and have been for the past ten years. Currently, I am assigned as a Detective at Trooop- F in Twin Mountain, NH. I have received extensive training in the investigation of criminal matters.

2. That on February 9, 2004 at 1927 hours the Haverhill, NH Police Department responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on Route 112 in Haverhill, NH. Upon arrival, Sgt. Cecil Smith was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle. Subsequent investigation determined that the driver of the vehicle was MAURA MURRAY (d.o.b. 05/04/82), 22 Walker Street, Weymouth, MA.

3. A witness at the scene later confirmed that the driver was MURRAY.

4. An extensive search of the area has been conducted and MURRAY has not been located.

5. During the course of this investigation, Cellular Telephone records have been obtained by Law Enforcement that were used by MURRAY. A representative from Sprint Corporate Security advised this affiant that during the late afternoon hours of February 9, 2004an outgoing telephone call was made to Murray from the Londonderry, NH Sprint tower. This call had to have been made from within a 22 mile radius of the tower. The identity of this caller and telephone number has not been made as of this date.

6. That identifying the caller of the telephone call could be pertinent to the ongoing investigation and may lead to the whereabouts of Maura Murray.

7. Based on the foregoing, there is probable cause to believe evidence in the suspicious disappearance of Maura Murray may be found through Sprint Wireless Cell Tower Telephone Records, including any outgoing calls from the Londonderry tower of Sprint to Maura Murrays Sprint PCs number ********** for February 9, 2004 from 0001 hours to 2400 hours.
Todd D. Landry

I spoke with Christopher King, who runs the website and, as he recalled, he was given the search warrant after filing a public records request with a lawyer who represents New Hampshire police.

I have also spoken to Lt. Landry, himself.

It appears to be authentic.

The more I look at this case the more convinced I become that Maura was meeting someone in New Hampshire.

Whoever called her cell phone the day she disappeared dinged a cell phone tower in the southeastern part of New Hampshire, possibly near Rt. 93. She either knew someone around there or someone was traveling toward her to meet up with her. At least that's how I read this discovery.

47 comments:

  1. Mr Renner, The affidafit was in 2008. When you spoke to Officer landry did you ask him if there was any progress since then in obtaining the number that called her?

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  2. Glad you're updating again! There had been chat about this topic recently, glad to see that it checks out. The answer appears to be no, but was Lt Landry ever granted access to the records in question?

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  3. Indeed and thanks for the call and post. There is a reason my website is relatively obscure, I have been banned by Daily Kos and Firedoglake because I say too much. I'm not going to inundate your journal with links but these two I give you will pretty much demonstrate how thorough and accurate I am when it comes to LE in NH, going on back to the Dow Murders.... I know KS, who was fiancee to Dick Dow until she bolted out of there.

    christopher-king.blogspot.com/2011/04/kingcast-repost-of-seminal-journal.html

    christopher-king.blogspot.com/2011/02/drinking-liberally-knows-kelly-ayotte.html

    A number of Maura Murray advocates bought me balloons when I came to argue the open records case on the Liko Kenney matter and I still have the card in my wallet, it means that much to me.

    Peace to All.

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  4. Mhm...this could mean she was meeting someone
    from that area or could be even as far as boston or hanson?..maybe they were planning to meet up in Lincoln...she'd take 91 while theyd take 93? But she didnt get completely there...and they came to pick her up?

    Either way...since the Rauschs owned the cell phone...wouldnt they have a copy of the
    incoming/outcoming calls?

    And cant sprint tell
    when the last time the cell phone had a signal?

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  5. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THIS LEAD HAS NOT BEEN INVESTIGATED...OR HAS IT....?

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  6. Glad you are posting again Mr Renner, have been waiting patiently for more updates. Cannot understand why this call has never been spoken about before and surely it's source should have been traced by now. Have been following this case for a few years and have learned more from your blog than anywhere else.

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  7. Could this be her calling her answering machine or a wrong number?

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  8. I've been checking daily for updates...glad to see youre back!

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  9. Cash purchase, track phone, no name going back to the person, phone no longer used, tossed away?

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  10. I would be somewhat reluctant to give great credence to Mr. King's opinions, unless they are absolutely backed by facts. Mr. King has quite a pronounced history in the Franconia area, and I think it can be charitably said that he could be seen to be working out a particular scenario or agenda which fits with his view of circumstances in the Franconia area. I will be more specific if necessary, but I'd just advise taking his opinions with a large grain of salt.

    sophie bean

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  11. Sophie, I think your missing the part where he said hes also spoken to Lt. Landry himself and that the search warrant in credible, he didnt just find the King website and post it on here

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  12. Sophie Bean, no one has found one material misstatement I have ever made in ANY of my investigations into North Country matters, and I along with dozens of others, including statesmen who wrote and supported me, successfully addressed the NH House and Senate on the Bruce McKay road bills.

    I monitor poor journalism and have helped a young lady get counsel who won summary judgment in Marinova v. Boston Herald.

    http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2011/10/kingcast-trifecta-of-perfectly_3293.html

    http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2011/10/kingcast-trifecta-of-perfectly_3293.html

    Best regards,
    Christopher King, J.D.

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  13. I wrote and managed wireless phone tower contracts and zoning between the years of 1999 and 2010, including as regional zoning manager for BCI Communications with locations here in New England 2 years ago and American Tower Corp 8 years before that. Suffice it to say I know more than a bit about how cell towers work and what they can track and how they do it. That is what intrigued me by the affidavit in the first place.

    The Devil is in the Details, sorry I forgot to mention that.

    Peace.

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  14. If Maura had been in contact with someone she may have been meeting up with the day she went missing, I would think there would have been other calls to this person showing on the cell phone bill. Has the cell phone bill been viewed in the months leading up to her disappearance to see who she had been communicating with at that time?

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  15. Here is what I don't understand:

    I think she crashes her car on purpose. You don't crash cars twice in one week. If she was to get a new car a week later, it wouldn't matter all that much. But why would you want two crashed cars?

    But she doesn't want law enforcement to find her, and perhaps subsequently her parents?

    This doesn't make sense. Why draw attention to yourself by crashing your car, but then not want to be available for the attention?

    If someone was after her, which is why she drew the attention, she could have just waited with the trusty bus driver for the police and been rescued. But she could have gone to the police earlier since she was in control of making preparations to leave. So why is she drawing attention to herself but then avoiding it?

    How could someone think this is a suicide? You don't commit suicide over a crashed car. If you are taking drugs enough to disappear, someone knows about it, and you aren't on the deans list. And if you have a father that's this devoted to keep searching, and longstanding relationships with friends that you're close with, you probably don't just up and disappear and you probably have some character or loyalty. So that just leaves more questions.

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    1. trust me especially under severe stress its possible to crash your car MORE than twice in a week. She also was more than likely drinking and driving

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    2. The crashed car is just the last incident in a long string of events that indicate Maura's life was spiraling out of control. She was facing legal charges and possible school discipline (including suspension or expulsion) that could have ended her hopes of becoming an RN. Her boyfriend Billy was cheating on her. She may have been having an affair at UMass, perhaps in retaliation. She may have been pregnant by a man she didn't love (one of her last computer searches was about the effects of alcohol on pregnancy). Some friends suspect she was bulimic. Four days before she disappeared she had an emotional breakdown at work. Two days before she disappeared she crashed her father's car after attending a late night college party. Maura clearly had drinking problems. Is that enough for you?

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    3. I grew up in NH and can attest that I totaled my car While driving home from work in MA and then totaled my Mom's car less than a week later driving in NH on my way to work due to inclement weather. This all happened when I was 22 or 23 years old, just food for thought.

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    4. Anonymous said: "You don't crash cars twice in one week"

      Um....Why not? While drinking heavily in the icy winters of the frozen northeast? Do people plan how often they are going to crash their car?

      Think about it. If someone were seriously going to crash a car deliberately to practice, there's a much better way to do it than MM did. You go rent a car and spring the extra nine bucks a day or so for the full coverage, the complete walkaway insurance. You drive the thing out of the lot and collide with whatever it is that you thought you should collide with. You walk away, the insurance company eats the damage, and you get your practice crashing the car. The whole thing would probably not even run you fifty bucks, even in today's money. You certainly don't nearly total your dad's shiny brand new vehicle on purpose if you have that option.

      This idea that she deliberately crashed her dad's car is completely looney.

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  16. I contacted Lt. Todd Landry a few months after MM went missing as I had concerns about a specific POI. I did not have any direct information, just some associated findings. I reported being abused by this person. He hung up on me. This was at a time when multiple people were calling with possible sightings.

    A few years later I contacted him and he hung up on me again, saying that they had a lot of calls on the case. I am aware of the phone record due to the CK blog posting. The area would be generally consistent with that used by the POI.

    During both calls, I was impressed by the lack of then Lt. Landry's curiosity and enthusiasm about the case.

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    1. MR Renner- did anyone ever look into this comment above that im replying to?

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  17. I just saw the disappeared episode i think someone came along her crashed car and offered her a ride or kidnapped her by force. I think she got into the stranger(s) car willingly and they were a couple, or a woman or an old man driving. My prayers with her.

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  18. It sounds like she might of had a drinking problem. I just watched the Disappeared episode, and alcohol seemed to play a role in both crashes. The first crash occurred when Maura borrowed her dad's new car after dinner at the local brew pub. I don't think it's a stretch to assume a 21 year old college student would have a few drinks with dinner (or after). This would likely explain why Maura was so distraught about the accident. And, also explain why she may have felt like she had let her dad down (his words). Prior to the second crash, Maura had purchased a large amount of alcohol (would like to have heard if the types of alcohol purchased were her normal drinks of choice), and there were signs of alcohol at the crash scene. When the bus driver comes along, it sounds like Maura really tries to persuade him not to call the police. I'd guess she didn't want police on the scene because she'd been drinking. After the bus driver leaves (and eventually calls the police), Maura goes missing, but not into the woods. I believe there was snow on the ground, which would have been easy to track. Sounds like someone else came along and picked her up. Upset and shaken by the accident, and fearing that the police might soon arrive, Maura goes against her better judgement and accepts a ride from a stranger with the worst of intentions. She still has her cell phone, but spotty service and fear of her captor keep her from delivering a coherent message about her situation (only soft sobs/whimpers). The police need to identify all known sex offenders within a 50 mile radius and painstakingly eliminate each and every one. Of course this all should have happened within the first 48 hrs. (and perhaps it did). Finally, I'm all but certain that Maura was not meeting another person in NH. That info would have come up in scans of her cell phone records and/or computer.

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  19. http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2012/02/kingcast-sees-maura-murray-mia-for.html

    09 FEBRUARY 2012

    KingCast sees Maura Murray MIA for eight (8) years and still wonders "what ever came of Trooper Todd Landry's Affidavit on the wireless calls?"
    I'm not the only one asking that question, so too is investigative journo James Renner. Take a look. And look at my original journal entry. Then of course there are some crazy YouTube videos noted by Fox News. So ironic that Liko Kenney helped Fred Murray look around in the Kinsman range during a chance encounter. And of course we still wonder why the AG's office illegally withheld information under RSA 91A. Case no 154 NH 579 (2006) read it in para 3. All those seeing a pattern and practice of LE malfeasance in New Hampshire "say Aye..." or say Ayotte.


    Read Fred Murray's comments here.

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  20. I work in missing persons cases in Texas and am confident that Maura is alive and planned her departure. As an adult, she had every right to leave and not say goodbye. I would like more details about the crash in her father's car. The truth is out there. She left a lot behind, as far as evidence. Clearly, the resources were not there. Law enforcement is not trained in missing person's investigations during police training. I know this because I work in a civilian missing persons agency that trains police in training every year.

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  21. I just watched this show last night and I think the bus driver needs to be questioned. Why on earth would anyone allow a woman after a car crash to sit by herself on the side of a dark road while they go and call someone? That does not make sense to me. Furthermore, why would she not hitch a ride with him to his residence to call for help and stay there in the cold? This whole bus driver eye witness raised my suspicions. Sure you should wait at the scene for the police, but you are a single female ALL ALONE. Sorry just does not jive. I think she accepted a ride from the bus driver and he was not a nice person and he did something. Maybe they should get a search warrant for his basement. The panties found didn't they determine were not hers? There does not seem to be any sort of foul play or blood or footsteps or anything that really lead away from the vehicle. So this means something happened right there at the car. Well, who was the only one to see her right there at the car that we know of? The bus driver. I say he needs to be investigated further.

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    1. A little late to the show but I was reading your comment and had to stop myself.

      I do believe there was poor cellphone reception in the area and the bus driver needed to return home to call the police. This is why he didnt wait with her. She had obviously been drinking and was already defiant about calling the police. She couldnt get in trouble again because of her recent crime and probably caught a ride with the next person who drove by.

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    2. The bus driver was vetted very thoroughly by the police and cleared completely of any suspicion. He cooperated fully with the police from the beginning.

      I'm not sure what you think he should have done. He stopped and offered help, and she refused. Is he supposed to force her into the bus or something? As soon as he got home he called the cops. I'm not sure what else he could have done.

      Besides, a guy who is a school bus driver is probably the most carefully background-checked guy in the entire county. The community trusts this guy to drive all their kids to and from school. I highly doubt he would just randomly abduct and murder some girl off the road. Think about it.

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  22. Ok, so there is snow on the ground from what I see. So there would be tracks into the woods if she wandered. Obvious conclusion is whatever happened, happened at the car. There is no blood or signs of force. Therefore there are two possible conclusions. 1, the bus driver did it or 2, someone else came along and did it. I say the bus driver did it. Just a gut feeling. Saw the show last night and as soon as he came on the air and spoke I told my husband, the bus driver took her. I said he probably has a basement in his house and has done this before and did something, killed the poor girl and has her buried in his backyard or buried somewhere near by. I say check him out. I say get a warrant for his home, take some dogs there and do some digging around. Did they ever REALLY investiage this guy? From the show I did not see them doing anything but questioning him. He came forward as witness. How obvious is that? This bus driver came forward it looks like of his own accord. How even more obvious is that? Offer some information to get the scent away from you. I am telling you, this bus driver has me fidgeting in my chair.

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    1. This is a ridiculous post. The bus driver is the man who initially called police to the accident and as the timeline showed, he did this mere minutes after the accident.

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  23. Sorry have to add one more thing. I am an computer programmer analyst. If there is one thing I have learned over my many years of looking at data, the simpliest answer is usually the right answer. You know the whole KISS theory. Investigators have been making up elaborate possibilities as to what happened from suicide to alcohol to her hiking into the woods and the simpliest answer would be the last person to see her was the bus driver.

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    1. If I'm not mistaken (and I might be), bus driver's wife was home at the time of the accident, and saw him immediately afterward. If so, that pretty much eliminates him from consideration in my view.

      Simple answers that don't take in all the actual facts aren't worth much.

      adam

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    2. The bus driver retired not long after and moved to Flordia and has since passed away, which I know leaves you with the question, why did he move so quickly after? Well far before Mauras accident his retirement was put in and he already had plans to move to Flordia and from what I've learned the guilt he processed from not helping Maura other than making the 911 call from his house was pretty "intense" but there are many reasons other than the obvious of why he should have been definitly suspect number one I think with a little more reading of blogs you will unravel.

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  24. i dont see how this incomming call is really all that pertinent. If she had been meeting someone there would have been other calls made to and from MM....and her computer would have shown e-mails back and forth to whom ever she was meeting

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  25. I agree that she was going to meet someone, who really buys that much alcohol and different kinds at that? But sometime before she left, she had to have made plans with this person. Phone call, email, chat, something. It may have even been planned months ahead of time, not necessarily that week. How far back have they looked into her records?

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    1. I think a Frank Ahearn, a professional who helps people disappear, suggests it takes 3 months of preperation for a successful disappearance.

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    2. A professional who does WHAT?! Who is this guy?

      Come on people. You can't just disappear like in an episode of Breaking Bad. You have a social security number, bank accounts, a driver's license, a vehicle registered to you, and so on. How can someone walk away from all those things and live without them? You'd be forced to live the life of a transient, and spend your life in truck stops and homeless shelters, or in migrant farm worker camps. Do you really think MM could have survived such an existence? And how would it be worth it? Do you think she would doom herself to a life like that just to avoid a DUI? or a charge of credit card fraud? or a jerk boyfriend?

      Come on, people. Be serious. She didn't run away on purpose. She couldn't have.

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  26. This story has really affected me. Fred Murray, my heart goes out to you and I sincerely hope that you get the answers you deserve as to what has happened to your daughter. I cannot even imagine what not knowing is doing to you. My prayers go out to all who love Maura.
    Jennifer
    Omaha NE

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  27. Being that it was a school bus driver that stopped to help I would imagine a pre-employment background check was performed, or were they not done when he was hired? Was Maura's purse still in the car?

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    1. The bus driver died some years ago, but he was extremely distraught by this kind of speculation that occurred (and still occurs apparently) on the Internet. He stopped. Offered help. It was refused. He want home and called the police. The call to the police is a matter of official record.

      For his troubles, he had to put up with endless baseless speculation by people on the Internet who know nothing of the case. Really, it needs to stop.

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  28. I wish you guys would let the ridiculous theory that "the bus driver did it" go already. The neighbors clearly saw Butch Atwood (the bus driver) pull away, and witnessed Maura in and around her car after Atwood left. The police arrived 7 - 9 minutes later, and Atwood was home the entire time.

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    1. I agree with you John. Time after time the bus driver comes around being accused in different ways. It is so easy just to blame someone who reported the accident to begin with. There are thousand snowbirds around the north who retire to warmer spaces and no one ever questions their motive. There is lot more questions that we don't know the answer for in this case and most have nothing to do with the bus driver who isn't even alive anymore. And by the way, I would be more than annoyed by all the questionings and accusations and invasions of my privacy just because I did my duty of calling in an accident.

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  29. "The more I look at this case the more convinced I become that Maura was meeting someone in New Hampshire"

    I came to the same conclusion based on Maura's alcohol purchase immediately prior to her disappearance. She bought wine for herself. She bought the ingredients for a mixed drink that was either the preferred drink of the person(s) she was meeting or was the drink they had shared previously, perhaps on a special occasion.

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  30. If Maura was plotting her disappearance with confederate(s) and taking elaborate (if scatterbrained) measures to cover her tracks it would make no sense for any participant to make a traceable phone call on the Big Day. It seems unlikely the call has any direct connection to the disappearance.

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    1. Not gonna lie, I'm happy I'm not the only one reading all this now. I kind of thought the same thing, the only thing I could think is there could have been an issue/change of plans. At that point in time you could still get a burner phone without having to give any information really, so that's my only thought. So, a) you're right, not connected, just a random phone call, or b) it was a call that could have been important, but they didn't have a good way to figure out who it came from.

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  31. It's now 10/22/16. Has anything ever come of this cell phone tower ping?

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