Monday, March 26, 2012

Is Melissa Jenkins Murder Connected to Maura Murray's disappearance?

Sad story from Vermont tonight. A young mother, Melissa Jenkins, was apparently abducted from the side of the road in St. Johnsbury, VT, yesterday. Her body was reportedly discovered this evening in nearby Barnet, about 20 miles from where Maura Murray was last seen. This case also brings to mind the strange case of Brianna Maitland, who vanished from Montgomery, VT, a month after Maura's disappearance. In each of these cases, the young woman's vehicle was later found abandoned beside the road.


It's tempting to blame one man for all these tragedies, and there are certain commonalities in these crimes. Has a serial killer "reactivated" or are each of these tragedies a sad story of their own?

26 comments:

  1. Well, I would think LE's 75% chance of prosecution should be looked at, maybe it will shed some light on these cases...I mean, if its true there's a poi that has a 75% chance of being prosecuted then hopefully this will rattle the cases from a standstill. May God bless all the victims and their families.

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  2. this is too eerie. This happened in Conway, NH...not too far from where MM was last seen also.. http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/23/news/maine-mom-missing-baby-found-in-car-in-nh/

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    1. There was three arrests in that case. Murder was drug related.

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  3. Maura's case seems to be its own animal. But who knows? With LE and the PI having a 75% chance of bringing criminal charges up, I believe Maura's situation may be a local or a relative.

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  4. If Maura, Brianna, and Melissa are all the work of a single serial killer, they are perhaps the most patient, plotting, and deliberate serial killer ever recorded in history. No, these are individual tragedies not related to each other, but thanks for getting the imaginations cooking.

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  5. I live just across the border in NY and this is on the local news. They are very close to each other but I do not truthfully think they are connected. The Connecticut River valley seems to have alot of crime though for the new england region.

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  6. I think its real tempting to say they are connected and I do think it is possible. But I don't think it is probable, especially since Maura was from out of the area. Unless.... a whole nother set of variables are considered.

    - Publicola

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  7. My God, another horror story. Let's hope this one's solved quickly. That's an odd picture. It looks like a mug shot. Did Ms. Jenkins have a history with LE?

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  8. Sadly, this reminded more of the recent case of Krista Dittmeyer in NH, due to the running car and child found inside unharmed. I hope the reasons are not the same- Krista was involved in a drug deal. But it didn't bring Maura to mind right away for me. Doubtful of a connection.

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  9. I believe law enforcement and the FBI ruled out as 'unlikely' a connection between the Maitland case and the Murray case.

    Maitland was known to be into drugs, as Murray (from what we know and from what law enforcement has investigated) was not.

    Yes, anything may be possible. But when the FBI gets involved I'm going to have to side with them, as they know specifics about these cases that the regular public does not.

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  10. Don't forget this one from last year....
    CONWAY, N.H. — A Maine woman whose car and infant daughter were abandoned in a New Hampshire parking lot appears to be the victim of a crime, police said Sunday.

    Local and state police are investigating leads and preparing evidence for analysis after 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer’s car was found Saturday with its engine running and hazard lights flashing in the Cranmore Mountain ski area parking lot in Conway.

    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/23/news/maine-mom-missing-baby-found-in-car-in-nh/

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    1. They found her killer...unfortunatley it was a drug deal gone bad.

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  11. I lived in rural Vermont for 4 years. I traveled throughout Vermont and New Hampshire and unless you live there you cannot imagine how remote it is. People who choose to live what I will call of the grid do so for a reason. I think there is a very distinct possibilty that among these people there is someone who is murdering young women. The thing that is always discovered when the identity of a serial killer is revealed is new victims. We are mentioning these cases like they are the only cases. Renner see who is missing from this area as it is likely they also could be victims. I do not believe MM, BM, and these other young woman are a coincidence.

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  12. The picture isn't a mug shot. I believe it was for her badge to wear at school or something like that. Fair question to ask, but definitely not a mug shot.

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  13. Sad indeed, however i personally don't think there is a connection.

    I may be wrong, however maura's case seems like she just drank to much, crashed her car, then took off and proably the elements got the best of her.

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    1. Within 7 minutes of her wreck the police knew MM was missing. The searched the area with the same kind of dogs that find bodies in Ground Zero. Thousands of people have searched that land to not find one trace of her. The elements (as you call them) can act fast but they dont just make someone and all evidence of them completely disappear. If they did get the best of her, was she able to hide her clothes, bones, and items she had on her prior. A wild animal would not be able to beat the search crew and would not be able to leave no trace. There is no bone, backpacking, cell phone eating animal living in the woods of New Hampshire. I am sorry the suicide and died of natural causes arguments are bunk and have no logical backing. MM was murdered and made to disappear. Not to mention, why would the NH LE say there was a 75% chance of a conviction. Are they going to charge Mother Nature with the murder of MM? Come on people. LE and FM know more than we have been told. Dirtbag is not a myth. A dirtbag killed and most likely dismembered her. The question posed right now by RR is he doing it to other people currently?

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  14. I posted this possibility yesterday evening. Barnet is only about 15 miles away. This could be a break as I said. You never know. She was young, pretty and in a car. She was in a rural area and close by. he may not have even have know that the chold was in the car.

    MDW

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  15. Yes I was just thinking about Krista Dittmeyer too! So so similar. There are a lot of drugs in that area...And you know if you research the criminal history of the ones convicted of killing her, it looks like they were possibly freed just during the window Maura went missing. Can you see the cached page below? It shows the history.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TYV8s7uB81IJ:www.conwaydailysun.com/node/463520/+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

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  16. Individual tragedies, imho. Living in the area (Franklin County, Vt), it's common knowledge Brianna's disappearance was drug related (of course no one really knows for sure, though). When I read the first articles in the Burlington Free Press online about Melissa Jenkins yesterday, I swear they said something about Jenkin's child's father coming to visit that weekend. I can't find the article again though.

    I think a lot of us want it to be a serial killer on the loose, to confirm that it's..just that, a serial killer, a psychopath, and not someone we work/study/play alongside. That would make me feel a tiny bit better about it, at least.

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  17. My impression from what I read elsewhere is that the picture is the one that the State has on file from her driver's license.

    I'm curious about whether her son is a young 2 or closer to 3. There's an enormous developmental difference, and if he's closer to 3yo, he might actually be able to communicate some details about the perpetrator, if he actually witnessed anything. From what I've read elsewhere, her son was described as being very bright for his age, so it's possible he does have some info that might be helpful, though his father was quoted as saying that he's not shared anything as yet. Such an awful, awful tragedy.

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  18. They are not connected, come on James. I think you start to kill your credibility when you got out on these types of limbs. Even the sensationalist media is not going anywhere with it.

    Maitland: Hooked in with some bad characters from NYC area who were associated with drug gangs. Some sort of dispute related to someone from that aspect of her life caused somebody to do her harm. In rural New England terms, Montgomery, VT and Haverhill are nowhere near each other.

    Jenkins: Seems like somebody she knew from the basic profile of the case so far, also faraway in a relative sense.

    Valley Killer connections: Please. Now you are really reaching!!! Relatively speaking, Barnet, VT and Haverhill, NH are wayyyy out of the range of that particular killer. Not impossible but I believe very unlikely. That person is Michael Nicholau (dead) or someone else local to the Southern CT River Valley who could also be dead by now.

    Not everything that happens in northern new england is attributable to the valley killer or related to Maura. Sometimes it seems like you are doing good investigative work, most of the time it seems like you are grasping at illogical straws and still don't have the best handle on the general geography of the area. You seem to throw everything at the wall and see if it sticks.

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    1. It's a blog to kick around ideas. Not a novel yet. You have no idea about investigation. You consider everything, then hash out the bad leads. Have you read Renners other books? He did work LE didn't. You come off has a high and mighty Topix junkie.

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    2. Far as I know, the book about Maura is never going to be a novel, but a true crime book, which is non-fiction.

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    3. Never been on topix. I'm not high and mighty, its just that I think these types of knee jerk connections (by all of us, not just James) to cases that are separated so far in space, time and general characteristics starts to sound a little "out there". I mean ZERO offense in saying this. I'm involved in LE and know quite a bit about investigation in the real world sense. I can certainly respect the persistence and drive Renner shows but my advice would be to stop coming across like a second rate news station that has to drum up things at any opportunity. I mean, basically people are saying that those who killed Jenkins should be checked into to see if they were in Haverhill around then. It seems crazy to try to take people that come to light through other circumstances, years later and pigeon hole them into Mauras case because they live in rural New England. The northern MA cities of Lowell and Lawrence have a fair number of murders per year (gangs, etc) and are just about as close to the accident site as far northern VT, why does nobody try to associate those with MM. The answer is obvious, it makes little sense!

      All of us have an interest in this case and know enough about it that we should know Maura's is a VERY unique and complex case with a unique set of circumstances. Its very hard to rule specific ideas in or out and most every working theory has at least a shred of evidence to contradict it. Truly a mystery. Its in a class by itself.

      Thats why I get a little pushy when people start saying every time somebody flies off the handle and kills somebody within a 200 mi radius of Haverhill, it must be related to Maura. Again Maitland had her own set of circumstances and even known interactions/disputes with bad characters for a period of time leading up to her disappearance.

      The valley killer has been dormant since, what the late 80's? Its very unlikely that he made one encore in Haverhill in 2004, relatively far from his old stomping grounds and then never killed again.

      Maura either fully intended to run away and succeeded with help from a known friend or high tailed it away from that accident site in an unknown vehicle. She did not need a DUI or the likes at that stage of her life and it would make sense that she would be willing to take a ride from somebody getting the heck out of there fast as opposed to hanging around with Atwood who was in a school bus and it was probably apparent to Maura that he had no intentions of helping her flee when he suggested calling police. The person she rode with either killed her or was an accomplice in her runaway. If they were a well meaning person who just gave her a lift to the other side of the pass (Woodstock, Lincoln or north to Franconia or Littleton), they would have come forward by now and said something.

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  19. Local rumor is now that there has been at least one arrest. Press conference this morning at 10AM. Hoping that this person will be brought to justice, though I don't think that true justice really exists for this case.

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