Friday, January 6, 2012

Petrit Vasi Connection is HIGHLY unlikely.

Of the many conspiracy theories that have popped up around Maura's disappearance, the story of Petrit Vasi is one of the most persistent.

Vasi was studying economics at UMass in 2004. On the night of Thursday, Feb 5, Vasi was at a bar in Amherst, at the corner of Triangle and Mattoon. Maura was working the security desk at Melville Hall. Around 12:20, Vasi came out of the bar and was struck by a vehicle. Around 1 am, Maura broke down crying at work and was escorted back to her dorm. Some have speculated that Maura was upset because she was the one who hit Vasi -- before driving back to her shift before she could be caught.

I spoke to Lorina, Petrit's sister, today, for an update on Vasi. It was a difficult experience for their close-nit family. Following the accident, he was in a coma for two months, she says. Years later, he's still not the man he once was, though he is able to hold down a job and live his life.

She says the accident was definitely a hit and run, because there were marks on the street where a car had slammed on its breaks by his body. But no one has ever come forward.

"We've stopped looking back on it," she says. "It's hard for everyone. We just look forward, now, just thankful we didn't lose him."

Somewhere out there, someone knows what happened to Petrit. Maybe enough time has gone by that they can finally come forward to police and explain what happened. This family could sure use some closure.

But, it's too improbable for it to have been Maura. For one, she was working. It happened during her shift. There were two managers making rounds and surely someone would have noticed her missing. It was a long walk to her car and the accident happened in the city, a drive from the university. No way she made it there and back without anyone noticing.

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  1. Thank You for clearing that up for the Non-Believers.

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  2. This post is factually wrong.

    The corner of Mattoon and Triangle streets is actually really close to where Maura's dorm is (less than two miles). Maura lived in the Kennedy Dorm and worked security desk right next door to where she lived. Where petit's hit and run occured is at a very busy intersection with access to all the pubs and restaurants

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  3. I'm not sure I see what is "factually wrong."

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  4. Well, this isn't the original poster, but he/she is right, this is factually incorrect. But that perBut that poster is wrong, too-- Kennedy Dorm, where MM was working, is less than even 1/2 of 1 mile from the scene of the accident. Amherst residents know you can cut down Sunset Ave and avoid the walk that wraps around the southwest part of campus and to the Southwest Dorms.

    There are also NO bars on the corner of Mattoon and Triangle. He may have been coming back from a bar, or walking to a friend's house nearby (lots of students live in the downtown area, it's convenient and close to three of the five colleges) but that area is residential and the nearest bar is on Boltwood Walk, which is at least a quarter mile away.

    Further, it has also been speculated that Maura LENT SOMEONE ELSE her car earlier in the day, someone who used it, hit Vasi, and called her panicking. That, naturally, led the speculation that she was connected. I personally don't think that it was actually Maura driving, but it could have been her car. Saturns are made of plastic; I hit a stone wall in my father-in-law's once and there was nary a scratch.

    I know you've given up on this lead, but I still wonder. Unfortunately, after all this time, any evidence would be washed off the vehicle by now.

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  5. Great to have you posting again Mr Renner. Looking forward to more up-dates soon!

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  6. You said in your last paragraph that the accident happened in the city, a drive from the university. The accident site is literally one street over from where her dorm is (0.6 miles) to be precise.

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  7. While Maura may not have been driving the car which struck Mr Vasi, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that a friend of hers might have been driving Maura´s Saturn at the time.
    If such a possible friend actually hit Mr Vasi while driving Maura´s Saturn, such a scenario would obviously also affect Maura considerably, even though she herself was not in the car at the time of the Vasi hit-and-run.

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  8. The opportunity was there for Maura or someone driving mauras car to be involved. And then you throw out the fact that her father whisks into town a day later to help her look for a newer car (like one is trying to get rid of something)

    Maybe it dawns on them that if they exchange her car around amherst it could still be easily collected up by investigators of a hit and run accident (I always found it odd that he came to her campus from his work which was hours away to help her look for a car ... and yet they don't purchase one, seems like a wasted trip on the part of the father)

    so on the following monday, Maura ends up two and a half hours away and randomly wrecked in the middle of nowhere. (could be concealing an already damaged car from vasi wreck).

    But what is really odd about the whole thing is that police and investigagtors (to my knowledge) never have officially ruled Vasi's situation as a hit and run. They even threw out the idea that vasi was attacked by a bunch of people and left unconscious at the intersection. How could police not be able to figure that one out. If Vasi was hit by a car there would be evidence of that at the scene.

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    1. I have been thinking a lot about the Vasi hit lately. This post is very well reasoned. In fact, if Maura's car was involved in the Vasi hit (maybe a new boyfriend was driving it), it provides a first domino that leads to logical explanations for later events. As you said, she gets the call from the person using her car and gets upset. Then her father comes to town to help deal with the situation. But perhaps they realize that a totaled Saturn with "cover up" damage is even better than a trade in locally. So they hatch a plan. That plan might have involved visiting a resort in NH to get rid of the car by staging an accident or theft. Perhaps Maura was to meet her new boyfriend and maybe even Fred in Haferhill, then stay at the resort, get rid of the car, then report the car stolen. But Maura has developed a drinking problem by this point in her life and so much was going wrong in her life that she was drinking on her way up I-91. When she then crashed the car on 112, she threw a wrench into the plans. Someone at the scene stuffed the rail into the tailpipe, falsely believing that this would prevent it from being restarted and thus perhaps more likely to be totalled (note Fred's confusion about rags in tailpipes, in regard to his statement that police should ignore this obviously significant clue because he told her to put it there to control engine smoke, which it also would not do). When Maura left the scene and caught up to her cotravelling party or parties just a few hundred feet away and rode away with them, tempers flared because she'd gotten drunk and crashed another car. Maybe something happened in that other car. Perhaps someone struck her harder than they meant to. Or maybe she got upset and jumped out and snapped, running away, what with everything that as going on in her life and being drunk. And maybe her athleticism carried her far enough into the deep night of a national forest that when she turned or broke an ankle somewhere, she was beyond help and died of exposure. Meanwhile, her cotraveller or cotravellers, maybe her father and new boyfriend, look for her and cannot find her. They have a lot to lose too. The new boyfriend therefore goes back to her dorm, packs up her stuff and puts that note from Billy on top, all to make it look like she ran away. When Fred is in front of the tv cameras the next day he makes a point of saying "kid come back we can work it out." And from that point forward, he cooperates with authorities only two years later (bringing two lawyers with him) and argues vigorously that what was going on in Maura's life prior to the accident is irrelevant.

      John Green

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  9. I don't rule out the possibility of her involvement, whether direct or indirect. After all, an emotional meltdown followed by lying to her academic/nursing department, and then running away from her life with less than adequate provisions for comfort and safety are definite clues to what might have happened in Amherst.

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  10. I think it's likely should could have lent the car to someone. Makes sense why she was so upset after the phone call she received while working. I would have totally freaked out as well if someone called me with that news. Perhaps she was threatened if she didnt help cover it up? As a young woman myself, if I was simply in a wreck on a windy country road, I would have accepted help from the locals. My first car was a Saturn and my father actually retired from Saturn. These cars are made of plastic and are designed to take the impact rather than the occupants. I think her wreck was genuine, but I have a feeling this was the third wreck in three days. The damage just doesn't look consistent with hitting a snow bank. Just a thought :). Keep up the great work Renner. I really enjoy your blog and appreciate yor dedication.

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  11. Based on what maura security mg said (mayotte). The crying incident happened two hours prior to the vasi accident> why is there such a discrepancy on the time frame of this disturbing call? MR renner, can you lay out a time line?

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  12. There's no bar at the corner of Triangle and Mattoon.

    As I posted in response to another comment on a different posting, Mattoon St at Triangle is for all intents and purposes, a driveway. It leads to the High School and beyond that, a small residential area. The high school's address is 21 Mattoon St.

    While it wouldn't be phenomenally unusual for there to be a pedestrian in that area, it's also not heavily trafficked on foot or by car at that hour of night.

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    1. I don't know if you're from the area or not but I was living in Amherst in 2004 and although you're right that there is no bar at Triangle and Matoon, it is in the general vicinity of maaannny bars in the downtown area. I think perhaps he meant the corner of E. Pleasant and Triangle when he said there were bars on the corner. It would not be uncommon for someone to leave a bar like Charlies, The Pub, or The Spoke and then go down Pray St. or Kellogg. I actually used to sometimes park at AMRHS to avoid downtown parking meter hassle and then I'd walk to downtown. I wouldn't say it's not heavily trafficked on Thursday night, in my experience there's usually quite a few drunk kids walking around the area and likely an equal amount of drunk drivers. Lots of people head back towards Amherst College that way after parking near Pray St.

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    2. I lived in Amherst for almost 20 years, and I grew up there.

      While there are bars further down Triangle near the corner of E.Pleasant, they're not bars that to my recollection were frequented by college students. Charlie's maybe, and possibly the Spoke, but the Pub definitely not (I don't know anyone who EVER went there) and the real traffic was much further down Main St at Barsie's, McMurphy's, Monkey Bar, Upstairs at ABC, etc.

      In 2004, I worked downtown at a restaurant/bar that closed at 11pm. I lived in South Amherst at the time and I drove up Triangle St. to get home every night. While I am sure I saw pedestrians, it was not all that common when I was driving home at 11:30 or midnight. Most of us who had gone to the high school and worked downtown were surprised to hear that there was a pedestrian accident there. The vast majority of the pedestrian accidents occur on Mass Ave, Rt. 9, or University Dr.

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  13. Read K Mayottes post, First one was back in june on this very forum. She says other supers said Maura was very upset at 10:40 Or 1050. The Union Leader insits there was no other call after the sister. That Maura was found looking blankly ahead, shool books open, and by the time K showed up to see that, Maura could say only two words, "my sister" .
    So how bout tham apples?

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  14. The supervisor corrected her first post on this blog and pointed out that she actually came into contact with maura (after hearing maura was upset) at precisely 45 minutes to an hour before her (the supervisor's) shift was finished. The supervisor's shift ended at 2:30 a.m. that morning So that would mean the supervisor encountered Maura at around 1:30 or 1:45 a.m.

    And just because maura said "my sister" doesn't mean much of anything. She was likely just being vague because she was in no mood to explain what was troubling her.

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  15. I have said multiple times you shouldn't discount the possibility that either Maura or her car might have been involved in this incident. The timing easily aligns, and I believe her cell phone bill also shows her making a phone call at around quarter after midnight, during the time or shortly after he was hit by the car. However, I don't think it has much to do with her disappearance outside the fact it may have multiplied her anxiety level.

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    1. The dad knows about the H&R and I'm 100 % sure about is that she was involved with the hit and run, period. NO ONE get's that distraught simply because they wrecked a car that can be fixed, no one and anyone could link these together I did without hearing about a hit & run I had to google it because I instantly said to myself that she hit someone.. Now, what I believe the call she got and was upset about was someone returning her first call from when she called them (after the hit & run) and was upset from explaining. No one but her dad and her has seen the car since this "guardrail incident" and there was a broken windshield (someone hitting it hard when hit) when it is found from the second accident, but yet she has no head wounds at all? This all I'm sure is what led to her disappearance. Now, from there.....The boyfriend to me seems to calm, not caring about the situation, but hey, maybe that's just how he is? But maybe her having a boyfriend, which maybe could have been who she was racing to pick up when she hit this person, made him mad and when she called him for help he came and accidentally killed her out of anger? But on a more likely situation, maybe she wasn't driving but was in the car and the second "accident" (I believe that planning was all part of a cover up) and whoever was actually driving killed her cause out of guilt she wanted to tell the police about the hit & run....
      whatever the situation, her dad needs to say something because just because he thinks it isn't linked doesn't mean it isn't. She probably wasn't telling him the whole story and the parts she left out from him maybe could solve the case. It seems like he cares, so maybe he should quit being ignorant and understand that finding his daughter is better than not so who cares if she has to be charged with the hit & run, maybe she could get lucky? That's what I think......

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    2. I agree with some of what you are saying, but I can see her getting super upset about wrecking the car if she technically didn't own it (her dad owned it), and her dad was cheap (really mad about having to pay for repairs) or just abusive overall. I would have been that upset over a minor car wreck at that age.

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    3. I had a very minor accident at 21 and was convinced my parents hated me. Some of us are very emotional at that age. Add in heavy drinking, which is caused by and leads to depression, and a potentially abusive father (as has been speculated) and she could easily have been that upset over a minor wreck. That's not to say the possibility of something else happening is off the table. It's only to say that it's not true that "no one" would get that upset over a minor wreck.

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  16. "She says the accident was definitely a hit and run, because there were marks on the street where a car had slammed on its breaks by his body. But no one has ever come forward."

    Does this mean they have in fact concluded it was car that struck Petrit?

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  17. I'm super late to this discussion, but I grew up in the area and went to UMass. A Triangle (passing Mattoon) run would typically be Bruno's Pizza, the back way to Spirit Haus (popular liquor store often staffed by students), and to & from Michael's (a once-popular cheap drinks sketchy-ID-ok gathering spot). My UMass days predate Maura by a decade or more...but "back in the day" we took that Triangle shortcut fairly often.

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  18. I read where they stated that she became upset after a phone call at work that night, any idea who the phone call was with?

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  19. I really want to rule out this option as well, but I can't let it go yet. I google-mapped it, and it's a four-minute drive between Melville Hall (where she was working) and the scene of the Vasi accident. It's plausible that she may have needed to leave, ran out to grab something, had the accident and panicked. I wonder how often the two supervisors checked in on her.

    You seem so certain that this isn't a possibility -- my hunch is that you ran this theory by Mayotte, and she had some evidence that shot it down.

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  21. just watched the Disappearance of Maura Murray on Discovery ID this morning, Jan 9 2014..any new leads? After seeing what was in her car- her cell phone (not the prepaid card one she did use) a book about basically dying in the mountains, and "spilled" wine it really does look staged...

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  22. Most jarring for this theory is that if Maura was involved with the hit and run and it was her behind the wheel how come she sticks around for 4 further days? If she had been so panicked by the accident wouldn't she have hypothetically hauled out much quicker? I just don't believe she would be seen at a party and could be acting fine at any time under the weight of such a terrible accident.

    The scenario does become more likely if a friend had borrowed the car and committed the hit and run I suppose but then this impinges less on her and has to become far less central to her motive for leaving. What are the chances of Maura being involved in one way or another of three car accidents in under a week, pretty astronomical. I just trust that the police must have investigated and dismissed the possibility of the Saturn being involved, and yet I read they still do not judge this case was definitely a hit and run? Yet there are Tyre marks involved which ostensibly could be checked against the Saturn? Sometimes the details of this case give me a headache.....

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