Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rest in Peace

There are certain aspects of what I do that I don't particularly enjoy. When delving into a missing persons case--or homicide, as I believe this is--my chief concern is finding the victim and what happened to them. That means ruling out as many scenarios as I can so that the possibilities of what led to the victim's death slowly get parceled down to the truth. A lot of what I do in these cases is put to rest the rumors that muddy the water and keep good leads from being taken seriously. Without help from Maura's friends and family, it is hard to determine what is germane to this search and so I've cast the net very wide.

Which leads me to Heather Rausch's suicide. Obviously, it was something that needed explored, as is apparent by taking the time to read the forums where rumors about this first popped up.

Today, I read Rausch's suicide letter. I won't go into detail other than to say this woman was deeply sad and that she cared for her parents a great deal. The note makes no mention whatsoever of Maura Murray or her disappearance.

I'm always troubled by the idea that those who have already suffered tragedy sometimes seem to be the first to suffer again. The Kennedy family is one example. My sympathies go out to the Rausch's.

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  1. Very tragic. I hope the family is healing from their loss. Also, since you believe it's a homicide , I'm guessing the open bank account that the lady thought was Maura's led to nothing?

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  2. How were you able to get access to her suicide note?

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    1. I realized there is a section of the Ohio Revised Code that grants journalists special access to files in the coroner's office.

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  3. What made you come to the conclusion Maura´s case is a homicide? Just curious.

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    1. I think the evidence clearly supports Maura getting into a vehicle in the small window of time she was alone. My hunch is that she was traveling in tandem with someone to another destination.

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    2. Even if she was traveling in tandem with someone, that assumes she knew that person, but that doesn't answer the question of why a homicide? So what, she was traveling with someone and got in a minor one car accident?

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    3. This makes sense. I see comments that it wasn't that cold which is all relative. No one wants to hang around in the cold. She got into a car. But whose?? Why travel in tandem and not in the same car if the person who picked her up was traveling with her?? Could it have been a group of people? Where we're they going that they needed two cars? And are we totally sure that she was alone in the car?

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    4. Hi James, I do agree that it was a homicide. I was a fairly big booze hound in my day but the one thing I've never done was to drink by myself while driving in tandem with someone leading/following. I think that drinking by yourself in a car is a rather private thing and I don't see her doing that if someone is driving behind her. Usually drinkers; especially if you plan on drinking at your upcoming destination; normally drink together to be on the same page. I've drank in a car before many years ago but it was always with someone in the car with me. I know that doesn't sound too good. I also think it is somewhat risky to drive in tandem if the other person intended to harm Maura. Too many witnesses could have seen them together or maybe stopped at the same location. Also I can't believe that no one remembered anything at the gas station she stopped at. The one witness claimed that the second time she/he looked out their window there was activity in the rear/trunk of Maura's car. If you are correct regarding riding in tandem it almost seemed like something was transferred out of her trunk into another car. My theory is that if she was leaving for a week it may have been the rest of her clothes and gear and then transferred to the other car.

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    5. Mr. Renner, I'm interested in the theory that Maura was traveling in tandem with someone else. But my question is this: if that were the case, why didn't any of the locals notice the other vehicle? A second traveler would likely have been close behind Maura and would've pulled up behind the accident scene (even momentarily), leaving some sort of tire tracks and being witnessed by local residents (who astutely observed certain other details within a ten-minute window of time).

      I especially think that a traveling companion would have tried to stay very close to Maura because (1) the roads were icy and it was dark outside, (2) Maura's car was already on its last leg, and (3) there was no cell phone reception in the mountains.

      -TJ

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  4. It breaks my heart that people can be so sad that they feel there is no hope. My heart goes out to the Rausches. May Heather rest in peace.

    James, perhaps you are building to this in your blog, but why do you personally believe that this is a homicide? Is it because of the subpoenas from the homicide unit, etc? More specifically, what is your theory? I am so interested in this case. I would love to hear what you think. Or am I to wait for the book? Give us a morsel!

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  5. First I have heard about the bank account. Any news on this?

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  6. Wow this whole thing makes me so sad! Her family has the tragic anniversary coming up on April 20. Thanks for sharing this even though apparently totally unrelated to Maura. Don't know if you want to post the obit. http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/obit_view.phtml?id=5892
    I have to respectfully disagree with you and apparently the police on the homicide theory though. Based solely on the evidence that has been shared with the public, she was last seen alone in the cold woods and I think that is how and where she perished and remains.

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  7. Mr. Renner,

    I am curious at to why you think it is a homicide. I guess we will never know, but I had two interesting questions for your book. I am sorry if they do not seem important.

    First, in the Disappeared episode when Mr. Murray said that the car Maura crashed on saturday night would get fixed, I thought it was strange he had insurance for her to drive. She is getting a new car anyway and she has an old one.

    Second, one question would baffle me if I was an investigator. It has to do with the rag found in the muffler of Maura's car. According to reports it was found stuffed "way up there." How did the person put the rag up the muffler? The reason this is such an important question is because I kept thinking that if I was Maura Murray and I had to put a rag up a muffler(for whatever reason), I would have to wait for one thing: the muffler to cool down. Don't mufflers get hot?

    I know you probably already thought of this. Sorry if it does not seem important to the discussion.

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  8. This is very sad and although unrelated to Maura it does highlight that when people die suddenly or disappear their lives (that ironically they ran away from) are brought into the public light. But this isn't why I'm posting. I'm intrigued as to why Maura wasn't charged when she crashed the car the first time. The cop must have known she was drunk. Not to cast aspersions but was she 'friends' with the cop? It seems odd that she got away with it. Would a cop help her escape?

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    1. A cop might occasionally let it slide if the drunk driver seems like an otherwise good citizen who made a dumb mistake. (Being an attractive 21-year-old female doesn't hurt, either.) Getting slapped with a DUI can have enormous consequences -- legally, academically, professionally -- and a generous cop will sometimes spare a young person the grief.

      It seems odd that Fred Murray allowed Maura to borrow his new car after they had been at a brew pub together (presumably drinking), to let her drive back to UMass for a party (where she would do more drinking). What kind of parent does that?

      -TJ

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  9. @ Becky - i just don't think that is likely. if she succumbed to the elements i believe the searches in the days and weeks after would've found her. even if animals had gotten to her body at least something would've been found...bones, the belongings she had taken with her, etc. plus the police dogs lost her scent a little bit down the road, right in the middle of it, which seems to suggest she got into a passing vehicle although it doesn't mean for sure she did.

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  10. Why does finding Maura Murray, whether murder, suicide, or runaway matter so much to you?

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    1. Do you mean literally finding Maura (or her remains) as opposed to simply finding out what happened to her? These aren't necessarily the same things. I don't think I understand your question, and I can't answer for James, of course, but here's a question for you: if finding MM doesn't matter to you, what attracts you to this blog? I'm just curious.

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    2. What I meant is that I wanted to know why it is so important to find out what happened to her. If he finds her body he has really done something. There are alot of cases like this one, but what makes this one particularly interesting to me and attracts me to the blog is that Mr. Renner is actually investigating the case. He is not just talking about it and rehashing the story. Reading the police statement was eye-opening.
      Maura Murray is a name to me. I respect her intelligence and looks and I like her choice in comedy but that is about it. I think her mysterious nature makes the case interesting. Even some of the ideas associated with this case have some root with Dane Cook skits. He did a funny one about buying a new car which made me ask myself "What kind of car did Maura and her dad have picked out to buy?"

      I personally would have told my friend that I had picked out the CT-2004.

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    3. If you read old blog entries , James states he hates mysteries and bad guys who try to outwit the police. Besides, this case has a lot of followers all speculating. No one but Renner is actually digging around to solve it. This case has so many what ifs it's begging to be solved.

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  11. I believe Maura meant to get away as she had issues that not even her closest friends knew about and did remove all her belongings from her dorm room.
    The car accident was unplanned.
    It's strange that a rag was stuffed inside the muffler of her car.
    There are women that are kidnapped and have left their car behind.
    Some of them have even been profiled on ID Discovery's Disappeared.
    Only Maura's case is the only one I've ever read and watched about profiled on TV in which a rag was stuffed inside a muffler.

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  12. Mr Renner is a journalist. And he is not the only one who is interested and concerned regarding Maura's dissappearance. We all are. It could have been our daughter,niece, sister...it is a case for justice to find her killer.

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  13. Something else just occurred to me: the beginning of February is the beginning of the spring semester at many schools. And I looked up UMASS Amherst's schedule. For this spring semester, the last day to add or drop a class without a notation on the transcript was February 6. What if Maura decided to take the semester off and hence packed her up her boxes to move out for the semester? Did she drop her classes? I know she sent the death in the family email, but maybe it was easier for her to cop out versus telling her professors in the nursing program she was dropping out. Knowing her dad was supposed to come back for the car deal the following weekend, it's possible they had discussed her plans to take a break from school the weekend before. Given all the troubles in her life at the time, Fred may have suggested taking some time off and that they could take a little family vacation together to places she remembered as a youngster with Fred. He could have been driving along with her in tandem. When she crashed, he knew she would be in trouble again and said get in! Forget about that junker! But from here I'm stumped.....where is Maura? Inconsistencies about Fred bother me. Where was he a full day after she disappeared and LE was trying to get in touch with him? Why the subpoena on his phone records? When Maura's drive was reenacted on Disappeared, he said something like "she should have turned here.". What? How would he know her destination?

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    1. I am leaning toward Fred being in that area during the 2nd crash.

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    2. I like how you brought up her college.
      A few things seem inconsistent to me:
      1. Sharon Rausch says Maura attended West Point for 3 semesters, equaling 1.5 years, NOT 2 years which is 4 semesters.

      Did Maura immediately transfer to UMass Amherst, in the middle of that school year?

      2. When Law Enforcement brought up a possibility of Maura running away or possibly going up north to commit suicide Fred replied, "She didn't just wander into the woods to try to commit suicide. She has everything to live for. She was going to graduate in June into a nursing career. She was about to get engaged."

      For 3 semesters, Maura majored in chemical engineering at West Point.

      I believe that U Mass Amherst being a university & not a community college offers 4 year degrees in nursing, BSN, not two years in associates in nursing.
      I doubt all the classes Maura took at West Point for a different major carried over to her nursing degree but I might be mistaken.

      What made her father think she was graduating with a BSN in nursing at U Mass Amherst that June?
      I dont know if there's any way anyone can look up what U Mass Amherst requires of their students to obtain an RN degree & what classes they will accept from a different school with a major in chemical engineering for 3 semesters.

      3. In an article written by Sharon Rausch she says Maura left West Point. She said Maura discovered that Army life was not for her & that Maura wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field like her parents had.

      I thought the reason why Maura left West Point was because she was told to leave due to credit card fraud? Not because she freely wanted to.

      I wonder if her own boyfriend or 'soon to be fiancee', Billy knew about her credit card fraud at West Point? I know at my previous schools word of mouth travels quickly, maybe military schools are much different. Did she lie to Billy to?

      Did her father not know about her credit card fraud at either school?

      These people are their own worse enemies. Can they not tell law enforcement if they were aware of any of this? Coming from an objective point of view, if they didn't, I would lean more towards her running away.

      Everything I've read friends & family paint Maura as being an introvert, shy & quiet.

      There was NO ring, and Billy was not her fiancee. It's a little hard for me to also paint Sharon Rausch as her soon to be mother in law, when there isn't even a ring to begin with. I go more with fact, actions speak louder than words. When did Maura find out Billy had cheated on her? If she found out before she left then all those things Fred said, don't seem very true or 'just' to me anymore.

      One other thing that never made sense was that if this girl had two part time jobs while at UMass, then why is she using other peoples' credit cards? She didn't want to use her own money to feed herself(to buy pizza)but she wants someone else to pay for it?

      Doesn't most campuses also have an automatic fee that comes with living on campus for the cafeteria? I know my university did.

      If Maura was at West Point for 1.5 years, 3 semesters & the rest was long distance also, on & off with Billy, I'm going to have to say that Billy didn't know Maura as well as he thought he did & I'm also going to say that his mother most likely did not know her that well. It's hard for me to keep reading comments made by Billy's mother which was most likely just a front Maura was showing. I doubt his mother knew her as well as she thinks she does, or seems to.

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    3. Just a response to your second point and a little more about UMass Amherst. My brother attended there (he actually was a freshman when Maura was there and disappeared.) Anyways, he was in the learning center program because he has disgraphia. So he got "extensions" for papers and other things. He even got extended to not choose a major at UMass Amherst till his Junior Year, and if I remember correctly he chose it during the 1st semester so he didn't start it till the 2nd semester of junior year-less than 1 1/2 years and he was considered that major. So it is entirely possible she could have graduated as it stood, since I know UMass does have a lot of core classes and electives her credits could fill. What I am not sure about is how intensive the nursing program is and if it required more than those 2 years in their specific programs (my brother majored in psychology, which was more free form.)

      As well, UMass Amherst is basically a town. It is a huge school, about 18,000 students at that time. They have many cafeterias, never more than a 5min walk, and their meal plans are required to stay in a dorm. They range from 1-2 meals a day (including weekends) to unlimited. Most if not all cafes were all you can eat and very extensive options. She could have easily eaten as much pizza as she wanted there. But what I think may have caused her to use a credit card/pay for it on her own would be because that was the middle of the night. I think the latest campus food place, at that time, was opened till 11, maybe 12. I remember my brother complaining if he didn't get to the cafe before 8pm, he would have to go to small one, which was a "snack" place, for coffee and sandwiches, no pizza there, no big meals. So if you wanted pizza in the middle of the night you have to look outside the campus.

      What doesn't make sense to me is why she would not get some pizza earlier at the cafeteria to keep and reheat later (you were allowed to take some food to go.) I can understand maybe if she decided she wanted pizza then, not planned. But when you are using someone else's credit card, just stealing from them, I wouldn't consider that a very good reason at all to risk getting caught. Then again if she had done that a lot the rationale may not be there.

      And for having 2 jobs, if she had to pay for school or supplies, that could use a lot of her money as well as gas for the car or time out with friends. If Fred did know about the credit card fraud at West Point though, he should have, as a parent, supplied her with money to cover her expenses so she didn't have to steal. It is likely she was horrible with money and would burn through a lot on useless stuff. But she clearly needed more financial support.

      And one last point. Even if she was graduating at the end of the semester, if she was so stressed out and there was a lot of pressure on her, the end of the semester could feel like 10 years away. I have multiple friends who left school mid semester to take a break or transfer and everyone always encouraged them to just stay the 2 months and finish the semester. To them they just couldn't take it, I think that is the kind of decision you regret later but, at that moment, you don't feel you have any option. So Fred saying she only had a little longer is a good point. But if she was so stressed, as she seemed, she may have needed a break more than anyone else could imagine.

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  14. Can someone say for sure there was a beer bottle in the backseat and window cracked open?

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  15. Another very interesting map of the car accident. Okay I was re-reading the accident post on this blog and the EMS worker, Dick Guy stated that he thought that the car stalled and he didn't think that it would be possible to even go one mile with the rag stuffed in the muffler. I checked out Google maps and there is a gas station exactly one mile away west on 112. If you use street view the pumps look fairly out so they have probably been there for awhile. Here is the link to this map. I know that Dick Guy was probably estimating but?

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201583392110376316572.0004bbe1a56f98d899494&msa=0&ll=44.123624,-71.943026&spn=0.012461,0.01929

    Mr. Renner did you happen to check out this gas station when you were there?

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. I never found any news article, which said if it was the rag that was in Maura's own emergency car kit that her father made up for her, and put in the trunk of her car. Or if that rag was still there, and it as rag from somewhere else.
      I may not be as old and worldly as some of you on here..but I've never heard of a killer placing a rag in a person's tailpipe, as a way to catch them. I've heard of them slashing tires..but I can't say I've ever heard a story where rags were stuck in a tailpipe.


      I thought of this... Maura fled from the scene, she didn't want to get caught drinking and driving again...that's also evident, in my opinion, by the fact that she brought her alcohol with her.

      I almost want to say Maura stuck that in her tailpipe herself, after she crashed.. to maybe fool law enforcement.. that her drinking didn't cause the accident, but that maybe the rag in the tailpipe did. Most people seem to depict Maura as being a very responsible individual. She didn't seem to like to let anyone down, especially her father.


      It was just an opinion.

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    2. She left the booze behind. It all was accounted for according to LE. A lot of this case has been misreported. Check out older blog entries here on this site to see what Mr. Renner has confirmed.

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    3. Maybe not a rag in the tailpipe but Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop did it with a banana to prevent being followed.

      It's a commonly known trick to stall a car probably featured in countless other TV shows and movies.

      Plus, if you did it to stall someone and then snatch them, you also snatch the rag if you can. We'd never hear about it. Maybe it went down the same way with the other girl that went missing later, Briana Maitland. Her car was found a mile or so from work, wrecked into a barn. (Her wreck is weird though and I'm not actually suggesting this happened. There is no evidence I know of to support it.)

      It's really evil genius, especially when there's snow on the ground or other possible causes for the wreck. When the victim's car stalls they also lose power steering and braking. It'd take one hell of a crash reconstruction to differentiate that from simply losing control of the vehicle.

      I do have a few questions about the rag though.

      How far was it stuffed in there? That tail pipe would scald you badly if the car had been running within the past 30 minutes at least when you did it. You'd have to ram it up there with a stick or something. It's the woods, there were certainly sticks everywhere and also other items in her toolkit she could have used but it just seems like an extremely odd thing to take the time to do when fleeing the scene. Also, I believe Maura thought the rag in the tailpipe was a remedy, not a problem (see reasoning below) so I doubt she'd do it to provide police a reason for the wreck.

      I have some mechanical experience but not too much. FM has said he told her to put it in there as a remedy for some car trouble, for some reason. Does anybody mechanical have a good reason for this? Only thing I can come up with is if she had an exhaust leak the rag could sort of make up for that but I'm reaching.

      Also, FM has also said that it was the rag from her trunk. Since she's been told by her father that's a way to fix the car then it wouldn't make sense for Maura to put it in the tailpipe after the wreck so that the police would think that caused the wreck.

      This is just a scenario (not even my own) but let's say Maura's at the gas station and having some sort of car trouble. Some creeper offers some help. She gives him access to the toolkit and he asks her to start the car or give it gas or something. She never sees him shove the rag in the tailpipe to stall her and he sends her on her way. Sorry I couldn't help. Leaves a minute or so later expecting to come upon a wrecked or at least stalled Maura. She'll be relieved to see her "old friend" from the gas station and be more likely to take a ride from him. All he has to do is grab the rag from her tailpipe and nobody will ever know it was there and that her accident was facilitated by a third party. But then, when he does come upon Maura she's up the road because she's fleeing the scene. He may even try some innocent questions like "Do you want to go back to the car for anything?" Which she is obviously adamantly against since the cops may arrive. And he's stuck. Either let her know now that she's being abducted and go get your rag and maybe run into police or leave the rag that ties you to the scene but get away with the girl. That's a no-brainer, especially since it was Maura's rag in the first place.

      But then it's an unbelievable coincidence that FM says he told her to do that with the rag and some predator did the exact same thing to snatch her.

      -TL

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  16. hmmm...suppose the person who was driving in tandem with her was lagging behind at a store or gas station, mm could have left minutes before and then the other driver could have just come across the accident scene. Or, the driver was following close and when the accident happened simply passed by and waited for her to run and catch up. Interesting.

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  17. I feel sorry for all family that knew Maura. I feel probably the most sorry for her father, Fred..and also, her boyfriend or soon to be fiancee, Billy. I can not imagine losing my serious significant other, then a few years later, my sister due to suicide.

    "Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad"

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  18. If the car was a beater, it's possible Maura stopped at the gas station down the road and put the rag in herself there, to silence the noise her car was making. Perhaps she didn't want to draw the attention of passerby or the authorities with a noisy muffler. Then the car unexpectedly stalled and contributed to the accident.
    -SR

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    1. Hey SR, when I originally read Maura's missing person;s story.. the rag in the tailpipe always stuck out to me like a sore thumb. I sort of put that clue on the backburner, until just a few days ago.

      It seems as though, a lot of things that could have been checked, were not checked..and i can't understand that.

      Sure, we all speculate on here, and we all form our own judgments.

      One would think, Family? Friends? Law Enforcement? Anyone.. would have checked the trunk of her car... I distinctly remember reading how she kept an emergency car kit in the trunk of her car, one her father put together for her. I also remember reading how her father said he kept a rag in her emergency kit for her to use, if she needed to.

      I have come across nothing... saying that her own emergency car kit was checked. One would think, if the rag in her car kit were missing, Maura, herself, most likely stuck it there on her own. That would probably diminish the possibility of a random man or person sticking a rag in there. The only two people who seemed to know that car kit was there, as well as the rag was Maura and her father. So why wasn't it checked?

      If the rag was still in her car kit..then obviously, someone else stuck it there, probably not Maura.

      Did she stick it there herself, after she crashed,..trying to trick the police officer.. to make him think the car stalled on its own, and that the accident wasn't due to her driving under the influence? Who knows, I guess we'll never know.

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    2. One thing I wanted to comment on. Some people have said maybe Maura never un packed after she came back to campus, after winter break. I want to comment that I believe Maura DID unpack, but she packed back up again. The dorm room she was in was a single person room, she didn't have any room mates. I've never known a single college student who takes down all their artwork on their walls...and packs that also prior to going on winter break, especially when you live in a single room.

      I also want to say how vague news articles are. Maybe they don't want to make family and friends feel guilty or bad. I never once found anything that says what the letter was about.. when she packed up her belongings.. she left a letter from her boyfriend, Billy, on top of one of the boxes..this tells me she wanted people to see it, and read it.
      I've never been able to find anything which states what the letter said, or even a scanned copy of the letter itself online.

      Another thing, i think is important.. is Maura seemed to have taken only her most prized possessions with her (along with a few other things, like text books, make up, etc) her diamond necklace Billy gave her, a favorite stuffed monkey Billy gave her, and also the book 'Not Without Peril' which her father, Fred gave her.

      I remember reading an article, that was written by Sharon Rausch. Sharon said they (family) didn't think it was unusual for Maura to have this book in her car. They mentioned it, because Law Enforcement at first wasn't treating this as a possible homicide.. they believed Maura was suicidal, or left on her own.

      Sharon said that book was one of Maura's favorites, and that Maura even brought the book out with her to Ohio when she would visit Billy and his family during the summer.

      This is probably insignificant, but I've always wondered after Maura graduated from high school, she attended West Point. I read an article written by Sharon Rausch, stating that Maura was there for 3 semesters..that equals a year and a half.. not 2 years..which would equal 4 semesters.

      Did she immediately transfer to UMass during the middle of the school year?


      Something else, that I never understood, is that community colleges only hand out 2 year degrees in nursing.. which would be associates in nursing.. If you attend a university for nursing..you'll get your 4 years.. BSN..Bachelors of science in nursing..

      She majored in chemical engineering at West Point.. I don't know what classes you take for that, but I'm sure not all classes transferred to UMass..for her nursing degree.

      Sharon says Maura had a job picked out at a local hospital in the same area where Billy was stationed at. I guess to do CNA work?

      I guess I'm confused. Did she think she was going to have her BSN done with, by next summer, of summer/fall 2005 when her and Billy were planning to get married?

      Does anyone else find this confusing?

      One other thing, I always found odd? How long were her and Billy actually together for? I think, at the most.. and this is, at the most..

      Something else I was confused about, is that Sharon says Maura left West Point, because she realized Army life was not for her, and she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her parents, by pursuing a career in healthcare.

      Did anyone find out the reason why she left West Point? I always thought she got shown the door, due to stealing peoples' credit card numbers. I guess that's something Sharon must not have known, maybe Billy didn't know? But if he was going to West Point at the same time as her, I'm sure word would have gotten out?

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    3. that was my line of thought as well when i replied to Becky a bit upthread

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  19. I'm in agreement with James on this one. I believe Maura was traveling with someone in tandem and that is why she declined assistance after her accident. It's possible she knew that the other person wasn't too far behind her and that is why her scent was lost in the middle of the road because she got in that person's car. I've always believed that to have been the case and I believe that it was someone that Maura was seeing on the side. I believe he was probably jealous of Maura because she was going to stay with Billy and he likely suggested they go away for a week to talk things over. I can see that scenario as being the most likely out of everything that everyone is speculating. I'm a couple years older than Maura and did the same thing when I was in college. I had a serious boyfriend attending university in another state and I had a guy on the side that I was seeing at my university. I lied to the university and to my part-time employer by telling them I had a death in the family so I could take a week off of my classes and work to travel 5 hours away because he wanted to spend time together. I didn't tell anyone. I never spoke to my guy friend on my cell phone because I was on a family plan with my boyfriend! He would call me at work and I would lie and say it was my dad. I packed up my most personal and precious items and took them with me as to prevent someone stealing things from my dorm while I was away. We traveled in tandem and on my way out of town I stopped by the ATM and withdrew everything from my limited account because I wasn't sure what I would need. I even stopped by the liquor store to get us beverages for the room we would later rent. Looking back, I was silly for doing it and I was so naive. I believe Maura knew the person that harmed her and believe she was traveling with or in tandem with that person. Was any evidence gathered from her car? Any fingerprints or DNA? I know her scent was lost in the road not too far away from her car so she got in to someone else's vehicle. That person is the last person to have contact with Maura. It seems that she intended on going back to her car since there were so many items left in there and it was properly locked with no signs of struggle. What perplexes me is that I read the driver seat was positioned for someone alot taller than Maura. Maybe the person in tandem offered to try to get her car back on the road and actually got in the car to try to maneuver it and then just locked it up and they left the scene? I often wonder if the LE have a lead on this person and just waiting for a DNA match or waiting for this person to make a mistake?? Sorry for any grammar or punctuation errors as I'm typing from my iphone. :)

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    1. Sorry, but I´ve got to ask:
      Did you actually while at university go through practically the same movements as Maura apparently did while planning her seeming get-away, or are you kind of putting yourselves in "Maura´s clothes", so to say, in your narrative there?
      Just curious, as it would seem pretty amazing otherwise...

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    2. Interesting. What if Maura didn't pack up her room but someone else (the mysterious man on the side?) did it after he knew M had left? Maybe he wanted to stage it so that it looked like she wasn't planning on coming back? That would explain the "note" not really tallying with her taking gifts she got from her real bf, the calls and emails that look to be totally normal and not what you'd send to someone who you'd just discovered was a cheater. What if the room was packed up after she had the accident? The person would have had a day's lead on the cops at least. Assuming they'd didn't report her as missing til the next day. Just an idea.

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    3. I guess anything is possible..but from what I understand, every hall has some kind of security. You need a college ID to get in... we had a security desk at my hall..as well as an outdoor card reader to let you in the door. I would think if this were a possibility, then that kid would have gone to the same school as Maura. A fellow student saw Maura leave campus the day she went missing, and she was by herself.

      I would think if Maura were seeing another UMass student... someone,,,anyone.. friend or just acquaintance would have mentioned that to LE by now.

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  20. I don't think there was another person driving in tandem of her. If so, the person just sat in their car, far away from her..the whole time.. while she went to the ATM, the liquor store, and filled up her tank at the gas station? lol..what person...would follow another one.. while they were drinking and driving, especially knowing that the person had an older car that wasn't even holding up well? I dont know..anything is likely.. Im just saying.. I have a hard time believing that. Also when two sets of neighbors saw her outside the window.. if she were driving in tandem..then her friend in another car was not even seen.. they just waited there, in the dark.. knowing exactly what neighbors would see her.. as to not expose their own vehicle? I dont know.. just doesn't seem very likely to me. Why not just leave your vehicle somewhere, in the night and hop in the car that the friend is driving? There are much better staged scenes than drinking, driving, hitting your head off the windshield and purposely crashing hard enough to deploy both airbags.

    That 'friend' or 'boyfriend' also had Maura pay for her own gas, her own liquor..and was going to let or make Maura, a full time college student, pay for their room at the places she tried booking a room at ? Seems like a lousy boyfriend if you ask me.

    If there was another man in her life, and she left with him..then wouldn't Maura have NOT brought stuff Billy gave her ? Such as the stuffed monkey and diamond necklace he gave her as presents.. if she was THAT upset with him.. one would think she wouldn't bring that with her, but leave it packed behind in one of her boxes back in her dorm.



    I recently, went back.. and i re read everything..every news article I could find about Maura Murray...focusing mostly on what they did in their search efforts..friends..family and law enforcement. These people got as much media coverage as possible, as well as distributing thousands upon thousands of missing persons' flyers in multiple states..as well as checking bus stations..motels..inns..hotels..every place they could find, they checked.. new hampshire, vermont and the like.

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  21. its quite obvious that they have read the other posts and then collated all the info. they didnt do the same as maura

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  22. The theory that Maura traveled in tandem with someone else is compelling (and perhaps just as plausible as any other scenario)... But for the sake of argument, a few questions keep coming to mind:

    (1) Why wouldn't the second vehicle travel directly behind Maura? Her car was in terrible shape, the roads were dark and icy, and there was no cell phone reception; I can't think of any good reason why two traveling companions would drive ten minutes apart from one another.

    (2) Why wouldn't the second vehicle pull over to assist Maura after the accident? The incident was bad enough to deploy the airbags, and I can't think of any reason why a friend wouldn't pull over at least momentarily.

    (3) How did Maura build a meaningful relationship with some mystery person without leaving a single shred of evidence on her computer, e-mail account, cell phone, campus surveillance video, etc. -- and also without the other person leaving behind some sort of clues or telling someone about the relationship?

    (4) Why would anyone who knew Maura want to kill her? She appears to have a pretty terrific circle of friends friends, and it's hard to imagine her getting mixed up with someone who would abduct or kill her. She was very bright, and she seems to have been a pretty good judge of character.

    Nevertheless, I'm intrigued by the possibility that she traveled alongside someone else... But there just don't seem to be any solid clues pointing in that direction. Any thoughts?

    -TJ

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    1. TJ--to your point (3) above: LE routinely withholds information if they think releasing it might jeopardize a prosecution down the road. Just because they haven't given the public much information on her computer, email account, cell phone, surveillance videos, financials, etc., doesn't mean nothing was found or that LE didn't look. For every item they've released, there could be hundreds they haven't.

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    2. Good points. I agree with a lot of what you wrote. Butch Atwood said in an interview that after he called 911, he went back out on his front porch. He said he couldn't see Maura's car from where he was standing..but he did say he didn't hear or see anything unusual. He also said he saw a few unrecognizable cars drive by. I want to say if Maura did accept a ride, she went in the car on her own..she didn't get forced to. From what I understand, Butch's house was 100 yards away from the accident scene... I would think if someone were trying to force Maura in their vehicle.. Maura would have tried running away, if not screaming for help.

      I also find it hard to believe that she had another boyfriend. Nothing was recovered from her computer, and nothing showed up on her cell phone bill.

      I would think, and hope, that if there was a phone at her work law enforcement would have checked those phone records.

      Something else that intrigues me, is that if she were planning her own disappearance, she didn't give herself much time to prepare for it. One would think they would wait until payday to withdraw as much money, and also.. more time to plan.

      The only thing she had planned.. (that we know of) was two calls placed at places to stay in Vermont and NH. She also called less than 24 hours from her disappearance. I would think this would have been long planned out.

      But, who knows.. maybe that was just a cover, to make everyone think she was headed to Vermont for a week, and would be coming back.

      The dogs lost her scent after 100 yards... I would take that with a grain of salt. Fred said the police gave the dog a pair of Maura's gloves..she only had those gloves since December.. Billy's mother had giving it to her as part of her Christmas present.. If she had them for a month.. who knows how many times she wore them.. maybe the dog wasn't able to get a good scent from them.

      Maura didn't have enough cash with her to cover her prospective room for a week. Why did she withdraw most of her cash anyways? Why not just use your debit card to pay..did she not want to leave a trail behind?

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    3. That is a good point about the cash withdrawal. Why not just use your debit card to pay for the alcohol? Why draw out the cash and pay for the alcohol with cash?

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    4. Remember, Maura wasn't necessarily thinking terribly clearly at this point. She may not have stopped to consider that her alcohol purchase could be tracked via the surveillance camera, and thought no one would know she'd bought it. I do think she was trying not to leave a paper trail.

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  23. "John Healy, president of the New Hampshire League of Investigators, said in an e-mail, "We are still active. We did a
    search last July, our third. We brought a medium up to the area last week. This one is the real deal, has done this
    before and first told us so much about ourselves it was scary. We passed her observations on to the police."

    C'mon, it's been 8 years. They couldn't have released information by now, true or not true...atleast to her poor father? I can see why Fred is frustrated.. just reading about it.. makes me mad.

    It seems like NH law enforcement is extremely stubborn, has no answers and is lazy. Either that or they know, for sure, that she is alive and well..and is under a different alias... seriously what else gives??

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    1. Is this meaning they went last year to search, as in 2011? Wonder what they found? It seems that after all these years they haven't found a lot.

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  24. That seemed like it was a little too coincidental. But maybe Maura is alive and reading this blog? Who knows?

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  25. lol no, I'm not Maura but I did do everything and even had a horribly old Honda Accord that barely made the trip. I did it more than once and can't believe I was so naive. I was lucky because I always made it back home. I was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and traveled 5 hours away to Gulf Shores, Alabama with a guy not too far behind me. I also did the exact same thing when my best friend as we decided at the last minute to go to a concert in Mississippi but she rode with me in the car on that trip. We just skipped our last class of the day and took off without telling anyone. We traveled to a Train concert and didn't get back until the next night. We didn't even have tickets and weren't sure we'd get in but we ended up making our way in. I stopped by the ATM and the liquor store on the way out of town. College kids do crazy things and most college kids during the time would always take off and always stop by the ATM and a liquor store. I never had someone stand over me close enough to get on a camera at the ATM because I didn't want them looking over my shoulder. My best friend wasn't 21 yet so she wasn't allowed in the liquor store and she waited in the car. I'm not saying that's what happened with Maura but I think she intended on going away for a week and she was going in tandem or she was going to meet up with someone. Either she got in their car after her accident or a stranger came along and she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her actions leading up to her going missing aren't uncommon amongst college kids. It was not uncommon for college kids to take off without notice and we never thought something bad could/would happen. We didn't have facebook, myspace or twitter at that time. We had cell phones but not with the features we have now. It's probably not impossible to run off and start a new life this day and age but it seems unlikely without loads of money. I also doubt suicide because there's no body. With her scent being lost in the road, that person to have picked her up holds the key to this mystery. What intrigues me most is that Maura was an athlete, trained at West Point and she was in a nursing program. She would have known how to protect herself to a certain degree and probably put up a good fight against anyone that tried to harm her. LE initially thought she was just running away so I think that they lost a chance at gathering valuable evidence from the very beginning. Does anyone know where the last ping from her cell phone was located? ps I think you do fantastic work James and please keep it up!

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    1. I completely agree that college kids go off without telling anyone, because it's the first time in your life that you can. I know I did all the time. I wish more people on here would understand that.

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    2. Agreed. I did it too...no party by 9pm Friday night...road trip! Came back about 20 minutes before class Monday morning to a "Has anyone seen this man?" poster on my dorm room door.

      Good times.

      Another time I got separated from my friends after clubbing in Tijuana heading back to the border. I went to the parking garage and fell asleep on a planter. My friends looked everywhere but didn't see me. Even recrossed the border and went back to the club. I woke up in the morning and rode the train back to a different friend's apartment but they weren't home. Their door was unlocked so I went inside and fell asleep in one of their beds. When I walked out of their room at about 4pm the following day I was greeted with "Holy Sh!t, you're here?! You know people are looking for you."

      However, I was not reported missing. My parents were not informed. Hell, one of my best friends from HS had stayed with me all summer in San Diego and had to get on a bus back to Georgia, a 3 day ride, while I was missing! He did!

      College kids are a dangerous combination of stupid and invincible. At least, in their mind.

      -TL

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  26. I believe It's a real stretch that maura is alive, although i do hope shes alive. I met her several years ago and she seemed like a super nice girl. My theory is that she started to run to stay warm (remember the siting of a woman running) and somehow ended up in the woods where she succumbed to the elements. Yes, there have been searches in the woods for maura's body. That doesn't mean she's still not not out there somewere.

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    1. I use to think that. Up until I read more into the facts. She brought a backpack with her..her credit cards.. her cell phone.. her alcohol.. with as many searches that have been doing, as well as air searches.. I think SOMETHING would have shown up by now, anything.. the backpack..a credit card.. a bone... It isn't like Maura could have buried her own body and belongings after she was dead...i think something would have been found by now. If you take the time out to read how many miles were covered in searches..dogs used..helicopters used..and how many times her father visits the area and continues to look for hours..upon hours.. i think you'd realize that that is probably less likely.

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  27. If someone was traveling in tandem with her, who was it? Fred who had a meltdown and harmed her when she had yet another wreck? That seems highly unlikely. An unscrupulous secret boyfriend? Possible. Here is a totally random thought. What if it was a partner in crime in the credit card fraud who was afraid Maura would turn on him/her since she had been caught? WHY was Maura stealing credit card info, even at West Point? The idea that it was just for an occasional pizza seems bizarre. Why risk everything just for that? Although I do think she may have had an eating disorder. I read interviews with Sharon Rausch where she said Maura would have a simple piece of fruit for breakfast and a salad for lunch, and was "an expert salad maker" or something to that effect. Could the hit-and-run victim have been involved in the credit card issue peripherally? Maybe it was a warning for Maura. Or maybe a partner in crime suggested they get away for awhile until the heat was off with the intention to harm her.
    -SR

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  28. SR, good point. I actually thought the same thing. I got the same impression from reading Sharon's interviews. She said Maura would eat fruit and drink french vanilla coffee for breakfast..she said she would eat salad for lunch and dinner.

    I also remember watching the ID show on her, and in the video, it shows her father eating a burger and fries..and the actress portraying Maura eating a salad. I also noticed, in a lot of pictures of Maura, she seemed to wear baggy clothing.. non form fitting..

    I can relate.. as I use to have an eating disorder. I would eat as little as possible, mostly focusing on low fat and fat free foods. I also tried to disguise my 'fat' on my body by wearing baggy clothing. The funny part about it..was that I was never fat.. it was all in my head..


    Do you think her father was hard on her..and would make comments about her body, weight as well as try to tie it in with her running abilities? I guess anything is possible.

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  29. This is a guess but what if Maura simply started walking/running east on 112 after the accident and avoided the trooper. This corresponds with the story of the contruction worker who spotted her about 4 or 5 miles east of where the accident occured. What if she simply went into a wooded area to temporarily hide and sober up then return to the accident scene or find a phone to call police after. She ended up getting lost and possibly got hypothermia and passed out and her body just has not been found yet. This would be outside of the original search area near the accident site and correlate with the witness' story.

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    1. I have a hard time believing that. Simply because extensive searches have been conducted in a large radius by the scene of the accident. No footprints were found, at all..and there was no fresh snow that had fallen. They also conducted air searches by helicopters.

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  30. "The judge asked the assistant attorney general what was the percentage of bringing charges, and he [Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin] rolls his eyes, looks at the floor and then says, '75 percent.' He pulled it out of his back pocket," Murray said.

    "My question now to the [assistant] AG is, what is 75 percent of nothing? You said 75 percent two years ago. You made that up. Nothing has happened," he said.


    Murray said when he asked New Hampshire State Police Troop F commander, Lt. John Scarinza, what his trooper had done, Scarinza looked down at his feet and said nothing.


    So many of you have so many awful things to say about her father, Fred, In my opinion, the only one acting unusual and 'out of the ordinary' is NH Law Enforcement, PERIOD.

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  31. So I have to admit that I'm a little obsessed with this case. I've been re-reading everything I can possibly find on the Maura Murray case.

    I wanted to point this out:
    "According to Murray’s family, specially trained dogs used in the search followed her scent from her car to the beginning of bus driver Atwood’s driveway, about 100 yards away, before losing it."

    I also read that Butch Atwood, the bus driver, stated that after he called 911, he went outside again, and stood on his front porch. He said he did not see or hear anything unusual.

    If Maura accepted a ride 100 yards from the car accident, which would place her by or around Butch's driveway, wouldn't he have seen something?

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  32. I'd like to inquire about something that hasn't been discussed on this blog in a while...

    In late 2004, Fred Murray was approached by a man (now deceased) who thought that his brother might have been involved with Maura's disappearance and homicide. The man said that his brother had a record of violence; the man also gave Fred a rusty (and possibly blood-stained) knife, which Fred submitted to LE.

    The man, his brother, and the brother's girlfriend were renting an A-frame house at the time of Maura's disappearance. The house is located on Valley Road, less than one mile from the accident scene. Five cadaver dogs were brought into the house, and they were highly responsive to a particular closet downstairs. Carpet samples were taken for forensic analysis.

    As far as I know, LE has not disclosed the results of the forensic tests, and LE has refused to discuss the knife. Does anyone have an update on this?

    -TJ

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  33. I have to say some of the poster here that get offended when Fred is discussed in Maura's disapperarnce are missing the point of the blog and ultimatly the search and the book. In order to rule Fred out, you first have to consider him. He was the last known person close to her see her besides the Bus driver. There was some "drama" between them last time they were together. Their action toward each other was at least odd. A grown 21 year old woman does not need her daddy's comfort at 2am on a Saturday night after drinking at a party. Not to mention Fred had booze too, considering what he claims is true. His recollection of the weekend just 2 weeks after it is off. So there is ample reason to look at him. No one is claiming the man did any harm to her. But he needs to be vetted to clear his name. Also, all known facts about this case are based on a very weak ID Discovery show, poorly researched news articles, and Fred himself. Too much is being hidden about Maura. Thank goodness for Renner and his search for the truth. But I have to wonder if some people out there don't want this case solved for a number of reasons. One being what you may actually did up and who it will incriminate. Another being it will leave a big hole in some internet junkies lives if this thing is solved. They will have nothing to discuss on Topix which is sad. This is about a human being, truth, and justice. Not about keeping things hidden or keeping a topix thread going.

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    1. Anon 08:17 AM

      To sit there and speculate as much as you do, I have to call you out as being a hyprocrite. You, too, must be reading the same as all of us on here.

      I think you're also missing the whole point of this blog. James has been doing a terrific job with finding out the facts, and making it viewable to the open public, so they can put their two cents in. I'm going to say the reason why James is doing this, is to invite the reader and the public to express and share their opinion on this case. I also want to say he's doing this, to give him an idea or a different view on the case which he may not have otherwise thought of on his own.

      Because some people may not agree with an opinion you share, does not give you any right to start name calling.

      The fact is, people DO care. If none of us on here DIDN'T care, we wouldn't be taking time out of our lives to research this case on our own, and give an opinion that may have not been said otherwise.

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  34. I believe the "driving in tandem" theory makes a lot of sense. MM, to the best of our knowledge, was unable to make reservations on short notice. It is possible that her companion was able to find a suitable destination, and therefore, after meeting MM somewhere along her route to NH, he took the lead with MM following behind. At some point, the companion realized that MM wasn't behind him and probably pulled over and waited a while for her to catch up (possibly the red truck sighting). At some point, he decided to double back and encountered MM as she was walking in his direction, now about 100 yards from her car. The accident, along with MM's other possible issues; pregnancy, Vesti accident, credit card arrest, school expulsion, made her decision much clearer. MM needed to start over, and I assume that her companion helped her relocate or is still with her.

    JRK

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    1. But what would be the point of traveling in tandem? Why wouldn't they just ride together?

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    2. I believe she could have met up with this other driver up there and they were traveling to a quiet place together.

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    3. Finding the "who" will crack the case. Interesting.

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  35. NEW THEORY: Maura is at crash site and talks to BA. After the conversation, Maura knows police are soon to be on their way to check it out. She knows she will be charged with a DUI so she opens her trunk, cleans out her belongings to the backseat to make for more room (this is the flurry of activity one witness saw). Her cell phone she was using for light to see inside the dark trunk. She takes the rag out of her kit and places it in the muffler as a caution indicator because she plans on getting inside the trunk. Maura jumps in the trunk and closes it. Unexpectedly, her car is towed while she is in it. This explains why no tracks were spotted, the lost scent, and explains why no body has been found in the woods nearby. Questions that I have are: 1. Where was her car towed to? 2. Was this location under surveillance and/or surrounded by barbed wire fence? 3. Where did she go after she left her vehicle? 4. Was she able to internally release trunk in her model of Saturn?

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  36. I think what makes Maura's story so compelling/maddening is that there are SO many possibilities. It's a case that begs you to consider every angle because the "angles" are almost limitless. That's why crackpots and cockamamie theories come out of the woodwork with Maura's case. Even the implausible can seem plausible here.

    Maura herself is a dichotomy. On the one hand, there is the honors student, Billy's doting girlfriend, the disciplined track star, the West Point cadet. On the other hand there's Maura with the alcohol problem, the car accidents, a possible eating disorder, secret boyfriend/s, and credit card fraud. It is very difficult to reconcile the two polar opposite Mauras. We don't know which Maura was "in the driver's seat" the night she disappeared.

    I agree that the rag in the tailpipe is an important clue. However, I think it may have been there before the accident and possibly even contributed to the accident. Having been in minor fender-benders nowhere near hard enough to deploy airbags, I remember operating on pure fear-based adrenaline. I don't think Maura would have had the presence of mind in that situation to worry about putting it in as a signal. I think fleeing as fast as possible would be her priority.

    I also think the Londonderry ping is another huge clue. If it were someone coming up to meet her from the South Shore, they'd have to have been very motivated. The Big Dig wasn't completed yet and travelling up 93 with Monday afternoon traffic would have been brutal. However, it does make sense that it was someone from Massachusetts calling to say I'm at the NH border.

    Does anyone know about Maura having a dorm room to herself, i.e. was that typical? Did she request it? Also, I really would love to know if it's PROVEN that she packed up her room, or if she had never unpacked. With all that was going on in her life, it wouldn't surprise me if she had just never bothered to deal with unpacking. Did she have the same dorm room the prior semester?

    Also, a few other things, probably insignificant and/or tangential but interesting, that I stumbled across: the pen in her car was from a credit union on the South Shore that I hope was checked for activity around the time she disappeared. The Stop and Shop card should have been checked to track purchases, if any, that day. Some Stop and Shops also sell beer and wine in NH. A man named Carlo Brando Zepeda attended Umass Amherst around the same time as Maura and was convicted of identity fraud ... probably unrelated but interesting. Also, Maura was at West Point around the same time that the infamous Esther Reed was. Could they have crossed paths? Again, probably totally unrelated, but interesting.

    -SR

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  37. Melissa Jenkins, St. Johnsbury Vermont went missing March 25, 2012 in the early evening. Her child was left in the back seat with the car running. Pretty 30 year old who was only 25 miles north of where Maura disappeared. The child is just two and unharmed. However, it appears she struggled and disappeared.

    MDW

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  38. While it has been suggested that Maura was either a victim of foul play after being picked up or succumbed to the elements, I think there may be another alternative that could tie in to these possibilities. The photos taken of Maura's car after the accident (viewable by using the following link: http://www.mauramurraymissing.com/Documentscont1.html ) clearly show a 'spider' pattern on the driver side of the windshield. Often this is an indication that the driver's head impacted the glass. If that happened, the effect of such a head injury does not always manifest itself immediately... internal bleeding and swelling might not become apparent until hour(s) later. If that is true, this opens some additional possibilities... (1) Maura walked away from the scene, may have left the roadway to avoid being seen (or to spend the night) and passed out, or (2) she did accept a ride, and may have suffered convulsions at some point and died as a result, only to have her ride panic and choose not to tell anyone what occurred for fear of being implicated in some way. The most likely scenario would still seem to involve foul play (based on what LE appears to suggest), but I think these are pretty straightforward alternatives that should be considered. There is a lot of forested area in northern NH, very difficult to thoroughly search.

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  39. Mr Renner, May I suggest that you start a new chat point. This one is very sad titled REST IN PEACE. Thank You

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  40. SR,

    I couldn't agree with you more. I think Maura had a lot of issues that no one seemed to know about, not even her boyfriend, or her own family. It's been hard for me to read so many articles and interviews that were written or said by her father or boyfriend's mother, when they didn't even know about her credit card frauds, or drinking problems.

    I actually did go back, and I read that the rag in the tailpipe was missing from Maura's emergency car kit. I also read how one of the neighbors saw a person get out of the car, after the accident, and in a flurry went to the back of the car. I want to say Maura put that rag there herself.

    As for her dorm room, i want to say she probably requested having a single room herself. The university I went to, didn't have too many single rooms, and it was something you had to request and pay a little extra for.

    I want to say she probably DID unpack after winter break, I want to say she packed right back up before she left.

    The reason why I said that is because all of her art work was taken down from her walls and packed as well. While I was in college, I never took down my art work, what was the point? To only put it back up on the walls?

    I think the unknown call she received the night she had to be escorted back to her room still puzzles me. In my opinion, I think that is a big clue. And from everything I have read online, they were able to trace the call back to the location, but they still don't know who placed that call.

    I also agree with you when you said there are so many possible outcomes with this case, and one thing doesn't really seem to point to another. The fact that no one really wants to speak up, her former friends, her boyfriend, her father doesn't seem to help this case one bit.

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  41. was the grocery store siting before or after her disappearance? i live here in woodsville, nh and i look alot like Maura to some, i was questioned at shaws, a local drocery store, and they didnt believe me that i wasnt Maura, they were really convinced. but i told them i wasnt her and even though i am from here i wasnt familiar with the missing girl so i left. then learned more about it later. but now i am reading about all the details and i wander if this could have been the "possible siting" if maybe it was me they are talking about?

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  42. "That means ruling out as many scenarios as I can so that the possibilities of what led to the victim's death slowly get PARCELED down to the truth."

    I believe the word you're looking for is PARSED, not PARCELED.

    I know that nobody loves a Grammar Nazi, but malapropisms make me nuttier than Mr. Peanut's bowel movements....

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    1. Really? I like grammar Nazis; I learn a lot from them. And I think the word that's wanted is PARED.

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  43. What about the one witness that said she saw maura mouthing help,me ?!

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  44. Maura is smart, living a new life. Cheers to leaving that old crummy life behind!!!

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