Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Credit Fraud


The full report is now available to view in the downloads section. You can also click the picture to access it.

At the time Maura went missing, she was on probation for this. If she had stayed out of trouble for three months, this conviction would have been erased. The accident the weekend before she went missing may have caused this charge to stay on her record, essentially ending her nursing prospects.

There is motive here. Motive for anger. Motive to run. Motive for many things.

Note: Her name has been redacted by Amherst PD.

182 comments:

  1. I am not sure the accident (first one with her father's new car) would've impacted her probation at all. She was never charged with anything criminal just a simple traffic citation (likely used for insurance purposes) to signify fault in the wreck.

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    1. You are looking at her mugshot when she was in for CC fraud.
      this, coupled the accident she had the weekend before her disappearance would most likely have caused it to stay on her record.

      James basically just said that. Her chances of getting into her select field would have been greatly reduced.

      Then ... the prospect of getting caught on a DUI after that, (the mystery that brings us here) not to mention what she would have to talk to her father about .. well, I think we start to get more clarity on the situation.

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    2. She didn't get into any trouble for her first car accident, that was my whole point.

      It would have no bearing on her credit card situation which happened months earlier.

      It's not a violation of probation to get into a car wreck.

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    3. Also, where's the proof of DUI? It's never been proven that Maura had been intoxicated during any of the two accidents.

      If she had in fact been intoxicated, then the "car trouble" we seem to be focusing so hard on is not so important after all. You can't have it both ways.

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    4. The cause of Maura's first Hadley Road accident was given as "operator inattention" on the incident report. The responding officer for her second accident concludes that the driver of the vehicle had been drinking, apparently based upon the box of Franzia wine he sees behind the driver's seat, the red liquid he notes on the driver's side door and ceiling and the Coke bottle he recovers from the scene that had a strong alcoholic odor. All evidence seems to suggest that Maura was indeed drinking wine from a Coke bottle at the time of her accident. Or perhaps it was one of the Skyy Blue malt/red wine cocktails she is said to have enjoyed (yech). However, Butch Atwood told reporters that Maura did not appear intoxicated when he spoke with her immediately following the accident.

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    5. AnonymousJuly 26, 2012 7:55 AM
      Also, where's the proof of DUI? It's never been proven that Maura had been intoxicated during any of the two accidents.

      If she had in fact been intoxicated, then the "car trouble" we seem to be focusing so hard on is not so important after all. You can't have it both ways.

      Shoosh you. Maura as an adult had every right to her privacy. Police are not going to come right out and say by the way, maura murray, the person who went missing in are state did have a citation and months later would be getting a summons in the mail.Problem is she's missing, there's no current address cant send it to umass. Last known address was with mother Laurie. Laurie might not tell anybody if it came in the mail, a summons for her daugter/ Rules back then where different then now. You could refuse a blow test or they did that and results would come later. do they relly take you to jail evertime or did they give her a break since the car was being towed and she had a ride to the hotel? they knew where she was and a student nearby? They had enough. the car was being towed, they looked at the license and ran the plates. who was it? Beagle? who said police were all over thAT car? Not the Saturn as in they thought she might of hit vasi before daddy came to town but they were all over his car so why is that? Daddys car might beup on the towtruck before police came along.The talking and probability or smell on her breth, maybe a test and a citation she would sure hide from everbody. any moving violatoin gets a citation. the family don't want to say much about maura in a bad way and papers might not of being mailed anywhere anyways. she was missing. that could all be private privlaged information mailed to maura. she was 21 now why go against regulations and tell people about it? anybody look to see if she did wind up getting a sommons? James, did you look?. Not dissing you but what do you have in this to explain that away? Are you family?How do you know she didnt get any personal mail? what if she missed a court date too? she would have a warent out for her arrest but that would happen in do time, months later. she ran from something and said it was the worst thing so farso she had the feeling she would be in deep s#it later. Still think theres no proof just cuz you dont know about it? I don't agree with you at all. Billy thought she was hiding something. she was overlly upset to him.

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  2. Maura's inability to provide a reason to the police for her behavior is troubling. It suggests that something else was going on in her life or mind that has yet to be revealed. It's just a guess, but she may have been troubled far more and for much longer than we think. Fred knows but he isn't telling.

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    1. agreed. Also, her eyes in the photo seem to be very odd looking..almost spaced out. Something deeper was wrong with this girl....

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    2. A head-on camera flash will make just about anyone's eyes look weird. Nobody looks good when photographed that way. You can't read much into it.

      Chris

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    3. I disagree. We take photos of all sorts with our business. Never an issue. Even with primative equipment. I'll take your point though.

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  3. James- you're amazing!!!! Talk about someone who puts his 110% into his work, very admirable!! This is the first site, I have seen ANYWHERE that has actually looked into this, and has proof, and is confirmed.

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  4. At least she tried to save money by using a coupon on one of the chicken wraps... Ugh.

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    1. Anon 9:13 PM
      I thought the same thing, atleast she was somewhat considerate of other peoples' money!

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    2. Well they might have had to key it in on the register as "coupon", but it could have been one of those college specials like "Buy one get one free" on a certain day of the week. I think it is weird that most of the time she gave small tips to the delivery people. But that is just nit-picking.

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  5. Wonder if Maura got into a shouting match with Fred back st the hotel? His statement saying he slept until 10am and Maura was asleep when he woke up is not making sense.

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  6. I wholly agree with both commenters at 7:01 PM and 8:25 PM. Her father hoped to divert attention away from the details about her relationships and activities prior to her disappearance, but it is clearly evident they are absolutely relevant. Great work, James!!

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    1. On the ID Discovery show, I remember hearing Fred comment, "If this was the only thing this kid has done wrong, then as a parent you're pretty lucky." (something along those lines in reference to her wrecking his car).
      If Fred wasn't aware of her credit card fraud prior to her disappearance, then he must have learned of it shortly right after.

      This was probably the thing that was bothering her when she called Billy after the car wreck. Billy had made a comment saying he could tell something else was on her mind, besides the car wreck but she never told him. She probably knew/or thought she'd be kicked out of the nursing program. There was another piece of information that doesn't seem to get brought up much. I remember reading an old newspaper article online stating the day Maura left campus (Monday) she made a call to a fellow nursing student and gave them a set of scrubs she borrowed from them.

      The two books that were found in her car, I believe are reference books. Typically people normally study a textbook and not exactly a reference book, right? Atleast that's from my own experience but maybe her major is a lot different.

      She took her diamond necklace with her which Billy gave her. Did she have plans on pawning it?

      When i was in college i was rather shy myself. But everyone on my floor knew me, as I know all of them, even if just by name. It was second semester into the school year and Maura's neighbors next door didn't even know her? That just seems a little strange to me?

      Sometimes I wonder if Maura is reading this blog.

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    2. Didn't they find the diamond necklace left in the car at the accident scene with her wallet?

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    3. Good question, what is the history of the necklace....I think its something big.

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  7. It was actually the post by Mr. Renner about the credit card conviction that made me think she pulled this off herself. Where other people see a withdrawn and confused individual, I see a confident, funny, and intelligent person. Suicide is so unbelievable to me.

    What is so strange about the accident is that, as one commenter noted, Maura did not call police and she did not know anyone else had called police. She also does not know where the bus driver lives. Maybe she got afraid that he was going to call police and that is why she hightailed it out of there? It is a possibility.

    Since this is a blog, just suppose for a moment that I am right and she planned this(amazing as it seeems). She would have no way of knowing who would be the first person to come upon her accident. She found out, but there is no way she could have planned that. If she had left the accident before the bus driver, for all she knows it might be another motorist or the police. Or it might be one of the people whose house she crashed in front of or it might not be anyone at all for an hour. Supposedly she is so frightened that she takes a ride from a complete stranger to get away from the scene. It is a possibility if you believe she is a frightened individual.

    She holds state records for distance running, is an experienced hiker, the gas station was only a mile away, and there is no way she could know when the bus driver or police would show up again.

    That does not seem like a very confident person to me.

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  8. Maybe its just me, but reading the police report about Maura left a really bad taste in my mouth. I can certainly understand how somebody, especially a young adult, can have a momentary lapse of judgment and have one too many drinks at a party and drive or get into a fight and get arrested. But this credit card fraud required a fairly signficant amount of premeditation. She had to decide to steal the card information and then decide to use it fraudulently multiple times - for her own benefit. I know its not alot of money, but she had to know she was in effect stealing from someone. It really raises a question for me of her morals (or lack thereof). Obviously Maura didn't deserve what happened to her (if indeed something tragic did happen) but today she is a much less sympathetic figure in my eyes. Perhaps this is why Fred is keeping so much secret? The truth was Maura wasn't so sweet and innocent and her past does not reflect well on her memory.

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    1. I didn't think Maura was a bad person, she's still a human, and she still has/had a heart. I still think she had a lot more going on than many of us will ever know. I had read on a different website a former student at UMass, who lived in the same hall as Maura, said it was common knowledge that Maura suffered from bulimia. It's obvious her family most likely had financial issues, but it seems to me..that Maura tried the best she could, with what little she had. She excelled in sports, she tried her best, and did very well, academically in school. Spending a small amount of money on nothing but food.. to me, points to most likely bulimia. She seemed to order this food very late at night, and on one day, ordered food twice in one day, that's a lot. Giving the fact that UMass most likely has a meal plan that is already calculated into your on campus tuition...she most likely did not want anyone knowing about her problem with food, made little money, and felt ashamed about this. I do not say it is right to steal someone's credit card, by any means.. but i find it extremely sad that a young person, who is already trying her best.. would do it to buy food. She didn't seem to want to tell police why she was doing it, she most likely felt extremely ashamed.

      I'll always be sympathetic to ANYONE who gets their life taken away from them, at too young of an age. No matter how 'bad' other people may think of them, solely because they had a lot going on, and was ashamed of something. If she was murdered.

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    2. I could possibly believe the bulimia explanation, although desperation and premeditation don't usually go together. Do we have any proof that she was badly short of money?

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    3. Chris, I never said Maura was short or 'badly short' on money.
      I brought up the bulimia issue due to what I have heard on other websites, supposedly from people who lived in the same hall as Maura did when she was there. They stated many of them knew of Maura's credit card stealing and also that she had bulimia. I also bring up the bulimia because I use to be bulimic. I was living on campus at the time, in my late teens... the meal plan was already included in my tuition. However, there were many times..when no one was around..that I would drop by a store or supermarket and buy a lot of junk food, eat on my own, and 'get rid of it'. I don't know if Fred had access to Maura's credit card statements, but a possibility is she probably knew her father would ask her why she's short on money, or why she's spending so much money on food, if she already has the meal plan.
      Sharing my two cents just as everyone else is.

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    4. When I was in college (and I was there with MM, at UMass; have posted here before- she stopped for coffee at the shop I worked at and we all recognized her from the missing posters) my parents had access to my checking account. I thought maybe if Maura's mom or dad could access her account, either to make deposits or pay bills for her, etc, she might want to hide extra food purchases made from her own debit card.

      Using the stolen card number *only* for food is a telling sign of her supposed bulimia. If Maura had a history of purging, her family likely knew. Bulimia in particular is tricky to hide, especially sharing a small house with multiple siblings-and late night, large food purchases are a telltale sign for families wary of disordered eating. Two whole pizzas, two wraps, cheesy bread, etc- it's all on the receipts- and all past 11 pm- it all fits together for me. I think she stole the card number to hide a relapse from her parents.

      But I also think the relapse is step four or five in a series of things that ultimately led to Maura's disappearance. Academic pressure, athletic pressure, she was said to have been injured, that she'd left the cross country team to focus on school, problems with Billy, and the alleged multiple other boyfriends, the affair with the track coach-- then, the relapse of bulimia due to stress, the theft, the arrest, the accidents, and ultimately her disappearance in New Hampshire a few months later.

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    5. why would a smart theif go to target and risk being caught on tape buying something more like presents for upcoming hilidays? i don't care if she was flat broke, she broke the law and a moral one too.she got what she wanted when she wanted it, sad.
      The sting was downstairs. did all students have to go down there and not allow delivery people possible threats or crooks too wander around a secured building? she turned away to sign because of camersa. smart and not smart, she got what she deserved and a slap on the wrist. She didn;t say she had a reason to use cards for food. sure, balme it on food binging she was out of her right mind. maybe still paying fines form something else. A plain white t shirt, she did this with no cares about who would get stuck paying for it,
      didn't this also happen at westpoint?
      how did she explain a dec 15 court date delaying her form joining family? her picture looks she was pissed off she was caught. when led to her room she tried to show her own card instaed, a crook to the last minute. i don't feel sorry for her at all she felt safe stealing building where it might be hard to make out prove who came down for that food everytime.Dominos call back to a number to make sure first, i dont think pinochios did.

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    6. I highly doubt she had bulimia, stomach acids wouldve destroyed her teeth, plus it would happen every day not pick and choose.

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  9. The large amount of food ordered in one night does lend itself to suspicion of bulimia, unless, of course, she was sharing the 3 wraps and garlic bread with her friends.

    Possibly the motive for credit card fraud was to hide her binges. It appears she only used the card to purchase food. Perhaps family members figured out she had a problem, and she was afraid they would monitor her own card statement, knowing the issue was not resolved if they discovered she had ordered $25 of pizza in one night.

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    1. Looking at those statements, I am almost positive Maura had bulimia. Person's diagnosed with bulimia often enagage in erratic and impulsive behaviors and are at a higher risk for substance abuse issues.

      Had another thought--I wonder if when the police searched her computer, they found that Maura had posted on any pro-eating disorder forums or websites. Girls are often quite candid on these sites about life struggles. It would be a long shot, but she could've mentioned plans to get away. Another slim possiblilty is that Maura had a private online diary like Live Journal or Open Diary. These were very popular places for young girls with eating disorders to vent at the time as they allow for people to discuss their issues with anonymity. I am certain this would already have been discovered if it existed, but you never know. I would love to know what exactly came up when police searched her computer.

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    2. Hide her binges ... well yes, I suppose, but then again she knew from before that she would be caught, didn't she? If she was caught the first time she did it she must have understood that she would be caught again. That does not make sense to me.

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    3. I somehow doubt Maura had any online diary. This was back in 2004, when social websites was at its infancy. Since Maura is described as being an introvert and almost secretive, I'm going to guess that she probably didn't but I may be wrong.
      When I first looked at the documents that James posted, about the purchases being made, and the times.. my initial thought was she had an eating disorder as well. Most people with bulimia will buy a lot of food and eat in private... out of feeling ashamed. It's also a lot easier for them to 'get rid' of food, by using the bathroom right after, instead of waiting until their friends are done eating. For a small girl, what, 5'7" 120 lbs that is quite a bit of food. This isn't even counting what she had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner those days, or any other snack. Granted, she may have missed out on dinner due to clinicals and maybe that would explain the large amounts of food late at night.

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    4. Livejournals and xangas were used pretty frequently at that time, but she seemed too secretive to use them (you almost have to publicly post a lot of information about yourself to use them.) Myspace also existed in a limited capacity, as did Friendster.

      Message boards allow more anonymity than them, but you still have to give e-mails to register to many of them, or use IP addresses. (Has anyone done a scan of use of her e-mail address(es) or IP around that time?)

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    5. And, I can confirm (thanks to the Facebook Timeline update) that UMass Amherst was not part of the original Facebook generation in 2003- that was limited to the Ivies. According to my own history, I joined 9/9/2004, just a few weeks after UMass students were allowed to join. (Admittedly addicted since the beginning, for better or for worse.)

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    6. She jogged alot , what 5 miles aday, anyone running that much could pretty much eat what they wanted.

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  10. Hey Herm,

    Did Fred know that Maura was getting kicked out of school because of her credit card fraud and that since she had a car accident her probation was violated?

    Thanks.

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    1. How do you know she was getting kicked out of school? The possibility was there, sure. But she never got a ticket for the accident. Fred's statement says, "your lucky you didn't get a ticket". Thanks Bob. Also doesn't explain her trip to see him at the hotel. Please she'd more light Bob. If she weren't so dead set to get back to Fred, her first accident would not have happened.

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    2. I could have sworn on some website, I read that Fred didn't realize his daughter was at his motel room until he woke up later that morning. I don't see how that is possible, if Fred had a key to his room, but she didn't. I don't think there has ever been a time where i was able to go to a front desk of anywhere, and say, 'My father is staying in room # ___, can you give me a key to that room?' Normally, you would knock on the door, or call the person.. having to wake them up so they can let you in.

      Sometimes I think she was driving back to tell her father about issues at school, other times I want to say that party she went to before she left was her going away party, put on by her friends.

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    3. schools are not generally eager to kick students out - students pay tuition, hello. I also don't think that what is alleged that she may have done warrants likely or perhaps even legal expulsion from school or program. therefore, I find all of this purported "evidence" of motive for flight very doubtful. also, even if actually likely to be convicted (as seems not to be the case here), does everyone flee? hardly. I don't see much clarity provided here, it seems like a lot of sensationalism to no apparent good purpose

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    4. A simple wreck wouldnt violate probation... a DUI with a wreck, would..

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  11. July 25, 2012 10:56 AM poster -

    This obvious possibility has been raised many times, but any time you cite Fred's family's privacy or how it may reflect on his daughter's memory, he's automatically attacked as his daughter's killer. Happenz.

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    1. I think her father just wants people to focus on the fact that she is still missing and something bad likely happened to her. He does not want people to waste time speculating about things in her past that he probably sees as unrelated to her disappearance. Just a frustrated father.

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    2. Right.. and if people begin to look at Maura in a bad light, Im sure he fears people will quit searching for her.

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  12. Maura also put a lot of shame and embarrassment on herself by doing this. If the person whose credit card she taken the number from lived near her in the dorm, she probably had to bump into her or seen her on campus. Probably a very strange situation. Wonder if there was an altercation? There could be more to this...

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  13. The food Maura was ordering was strange. Was all of that really for just her? Two wraps? And cheesy bread?

    Plus, what's w the "friends phone numbers" and room number she had written down

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    1. I used to and still order multiple items from take out even if it is only for myself. If you only want a wrap that was $5.50 for example. Usually you only get "free" delivery if you order a certain amount of food. This is especially true of local stores that want to sell more product so they can justify spending money on gas for a delivery. If you order wraps, you can have them for lunches for the next few days of the week. She was doing some work at the hospital. Maybe she didn't want to get food there and brought her lunch, which was the wraps. I also do the same thing with pizza or cheesy/garlic bread. You can eat it over multiple days.

      I think that she saw a girl put a pizza box with receipt in the trash room and she took the receipt. She looked to see what room she went back in and wrote that down. It is usually easy to find out the corresponding room phone number so she probably looked that up too. I think she was intending on using different credit cards indefinitely. I am still sticking with the idea that she could have easily assumed multiple identities and still may be doing so.

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    2. That's interesting. I share the same opinion. In the event that Maura is still alive, I want to say that she must be doing the same thing, somewhere else. Stealing credit card numbers or maybe even more. I doubt this kind of habit and behavior would cease.

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    3. I wonder if she ordered food as a way of testing if she could get away with using these numbers in the event of her needing to disappear?

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    4. @Fiona that has always been my suspicion. We had our credit card number stolen once and a person purchased a magazine subscription for $11. The next month it was a $275 camera. They start small and if they get away with it, they ramp up the charges until someone notices.

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  14. I've always considered this "credit card fraud" to be a rather serious offense, especially given the liberty we've taken with throwing around the word "fraud" and calling a cell phone picture a "mug shot".
    The fact of the matter is that now that I've read this, to me it seems (and I absolutely cannot be convinced otherwise), this is a pretty small sum of money, the offense would have been "wiped clear" after three months and despite the "honor code" and the rest of the things that's already been discussed at length on this blog, I do not believe that Maura would've run away or committed suicide or anything of the sort over something like this.
    And I don't believe it was Maura doing it at all. I believe she was covering for someone. Try as (some of us) might to portray Maura in the worst way possible, it still coincides much more with the kind of person she was to be covering for someone rather than to steal 70 bucks worth of chicken and pizza from someone else's credit card. It's just ridiculous.
    But regardless of whether it had in fact been Maura doing it or not - I keep wondering about the nature of the "stolen items". Using a stolen/lost credit card to purchase food seems to me an action of someone very deep in money troubles. And I feel for them with my whole heart.

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    1. Maura worked 2 jobs. We all had a rough time in college. Ramen noodles, ravioli, bologna..that doesn't give her the right to rummage through trash and steal. Be it 70 bucks or 1 dollar. It's against the law. She had money for booze and money to party.

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    2. I wholeheartedly disagree. If you are suggesting that she did not have money for food, that is ridiculous. #1 she had money in her bank account (which she withdrew before she left on her trip) #2 she had a campus meal plan. It might not be the best food, but most schools have all you can eat cafeterias. #3 If you participate in ANY activities at all in college or live in a dorm there is food everywhere for free - all the time.

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    3. I would assume since she was a student living on campus then the meal plan would automatically be calculated into her tuition. What is the cafeteria like at Amherst? The university I went to had certain hours in which they would serve meals. Many times since I was very active on campus with classes, as well as clubs, I missed the time lunch and dinner was being served. Often times, i had to spend my own money and walk down to the student 'snack center'. I wonder if Amherst is set up this way also. It seems like there must be more to it than this.

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  15. It looks like from the police report that in order to hide the credit card number she was using she wrote it down on a note card. That is how police tied her to the crime. All this talk of credit cards got me to thinking about something else: Didn't she have two prepaid calling cards with her?

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  16. Just watch the program on this case on "OWN Network" in Florida. I dont want to jump. But Im postive Ive seen her in the Melbourne, Viera Florida area. Might want to check it out.

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    1. Notify NH Cold case unit Telephone: 603-271-3658

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    2. this is interesting. I believe Billy Rausch currently lives a 45 minute drive away from Melbourne FL.

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    3. did anyone ever look into this?

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  17. "The fact of the matter is that now that I've read this, to me it seems (and I absolutely cannot be convinced otherwise), this is a pretty small sum of money, the offense would have been "wiped clear" after three months and despite the "honor code" and the rest of the things that's already been discussed at length on this blog, I do not believe that Maura would've run away or committed suicide or anything of the sort over something like this."

    There may be those who think that 70 dollars is not a lot of money, but you would be surprised how few of Maura's dorm mates would have been thrilled having her among them, and it is even less likely that she would be considered nurse material since patients have the annoying habit of not wanting their stuff stolen while suffering the discomfit of a hospital stay, especially when the culprit is their own personal Florence Nightingale.
    So in review it is quite possible that people were not treating Maura all that well; moreover she may have discovered that she was about to be booted out of the nursing program, or at least she strongly suspected that she soon would be.
    People have killed themselves for a lot less.

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    1. I agree with John. With as many students applying for nursing school everywhere, I don't see how Amherst would even keep her with this on her record. I'm going to guess that many people in her hall knew what she was doing. Word travels very fast. When Maura was at West Point, she must have had a room mate. I wonder if that former room mate could be located for an interview? It would be interesting to hear an unbiased point of view from someone who lived with her previously.

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    2. Seems the curtains on the window have been parted. The All American Girl not once, but twice was presumably caught in the act of credit card fraud, with at least one of the two (UMASS) confirmed by supporting documents obtained by this blog's investigative journalist.
      There are sufficient facts evident to believe her life was troubled, especially when multiple car accidents in a short period of time are considered, along with the presence of alcohol.
      Add in the reported issues about family life, and it's clear there were relevant factors that likely played into her disappearance other than the far-fetched explanations offered that are works of fantasy, not factual reality.
      Unless her disappearance was a random abduction, which seems doubtful, I wonder which of the issues or combination of issues were at play at the time of of her leaving UMASS? Or upon arriving in NH? Hell, we all wonder.

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    3. I think Maura might have been very ashamed and mortified to get caught making a purchase on a stolen credit card! What would your family, boyfriend, classmates think!? Whose card was it? She may have not known that she could get caught by the police for using the card. I think she was very troubled and embarrassed by this episode in her life!

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  18. Bulimia Nervosa?

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  19. I recently watched the show that talked about Maura's disappearance and I just read Brianna's info online also...I am wondering if the possibility of a Officer impersonator has been investigated in either of these cases? I wonder because I would think that would be the only reason Maura might have willingly gotten in a car with someone in such a short time frame (10 mins from the driver seeing her to him calling the police and them showing up).

    I think she was abducted for sure, just a feeling I get. My guess is some psycho lives up in that area and either was in the right place at the right time or was watching Maura from afar and took advantage of the crash. I would also guess this person is very calculating and has done this before.

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  20. Geeze in 2009 there were 2 different impersonators in the Essex, VT area (2 hours away from Haverhill) alone:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2djrMr2b6a0&noredirect=1

    Strange! Probably a shot in the dark but who knows.

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  21. I do not understand why everyone thinks Maura Murray was allowed to leave Massachusetts. What did her probation agreement say when it came to the credit card fraud?

    But that is me. I personally think she is sitting somewhere sipping a non-alcoholic pina colata. Sein Fein and well done.

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    1. She wasn't on house arrest or anything so I don't think there were any stipulations about leaving the state/area. Just a guess. Even if there were, I doubt she would follow those rules if she were running away because she was upset about the car accidents or credit card fraud.

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    2. It would have been in her bond papers (whether she was required to notify the State before leaving their jurisdiction).

      Incidentally, Sein Fein? That means 'ourselves' (approx) in Irish. Did you perhaps mean Erin Go Bragh?

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    3. That is the point. But it does not mean much because the congratulations in my comment comes from not ever being able to prove what happened at that curve. Even drivers who are not drunk crash at curves like that during the winter. That is a fact.
      If Maura Murray were reading this blog, I am sure she would want someone accusing her to PROVE IT. Maybe someone else can prove it, but not me.

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    4. I don't believe it's a complete mystery to her family, and especially to her father, about why she would have left UMASS, unless it was a spontaneous, but intended suicide mission. Her personal relationships and family dynamics must be known to her long-term romantic partner, possibly to other short-term romantic partners, or to at least one of her friends. I don't accept the silence as helpful or honest.

      Fred Murray isn't talking about it to the public, the family successfully squelched confirmation of most information for many years about her life prior to her disappearance, and random internet sleuths have enjoyed smearing certain individuals with implied guilt in the small communities of NH for her disappearance. In addition, they've even condemned Law Enforcement for their efforts.

      It will nice to read James' book, get a wrap-up of what is known and unknown, and then let it go. The public's help has been unwelcome to this family, and by their lack of cooperation with James, his help must be unwelcome, as well.

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    5. I'm with you on this.

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    6. Yes, but if they didn't want to find her, why did they participate in the Disappeared show on ID after all of the news about the case had virtually gone away and "died down"?

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    7. Guilt and remorse for ignoring or contributing to her problems, personal issues and state of mind? Keeping secrets while putting on a show to cover what they really know about her private life? Just guessing and speculating on the above. How are the investigators supposed to find a lost individual with their hands tied behind their backs? It seems implausible that Fred doesn't have more insight into his daughter's problems that existed before she disappeared.
      Perhaps he does have that insight and has all ready shared it with the police. I hope so.

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    8. Herm,

      how many kids do you have? Just curious.

      To the Anon 2:46am poster - you cannot give - no matter how much sense it makes or how blatantly justified it is - Fred the benefit of the doubt regarding his innocence or why he might not want to tarnish his daughter's image on this blog without the few "Fred is sinister in his silence" people basically disregarding any reasoning you have. I have been following this case closely since about a month after Maura went missing, and I have no doubt in my mind that there isn't anything "against" Fred that is keeping this case from being solved. I believe the only guilt he may harbor is that maybe he and Maura argued on that last Sunday they saw each other (about wrecking the Toyota) and then she was gone; I do not think he has any other helpful information and I have no doubt in my mind he played no hand in her disappearance, or LE would have proof of it (such as, where he slept the previous night, which there is probably video evidence of). There is tons of evidence that LE was negligent, you need not go far to find that out.

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    9. I have 3 kids. Point? Don't like my opinion? Don't read it.

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    10. Someone above said that it is implausible that Fred did not know anything more about Maura's disappearance. It is also implausible that a person so smart, talented, wonderful, etc. would steal credit card numbers and repeatedly use them to buy junk food of all things. Then she had absolutely no explanation as to why she did that, although she admitted she did it! Sometimes parents are in complete denial of their child's problems. I don't know, the only ones who know or don't know are Fred and Maura. One is not cooperating and one has disappeared.

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  22. I checked on something concerning Maura Murray's case because I was curious and maybe others have too: Friday, February 6th, 2004, was a full moon.

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    1. This explains a lot. :)

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    2. It would be easier for her to run away in the dark, but harder to hide if someone was looking for her.

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  23. Herm,

    You have stated that Fred said in his statement to police that he was taking Maura to get booze before a party, which is categorically false. He mentions no party whatsoever. He barely remembers the going to the liquor store, maybe because he had too much to drink. Didn't even sound like he was driving. The party must have been late because they initially got to ABC at 9pm...ate and drank, then picked up Kate and then WENT BACK to ABC with Kate. THEN they took Fred back to the hotel. Sounds more like they didn't want to ask Fred to take them to the dorm and have to drive back to the hotel at 1am so they just drove themselves in his car.

    Also, Fred says the next day he went back to Bridgeport, CT by 3:30pm. Don't you think LE checked out THAT story if they were suspicious about Fred?

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    1. Sure. He changed his statement at the bottom .

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  24. I think that Maura was a deeply troubled young woman with severe issues with alcohol abuse/addiction, a family history of (perhaps) sexual abuse, (perhaps) a mood disorder such as bipolar or depression, and a young woman who stole a credit card number and used it to buy only $80 worth of food. Why such a small amount? Because she got caught? Credit card theft is serious and a girl like Maura would know that getting caught could destroy her career plans as a nurse if she were charged with a felony that would stay on her record. I think there is a reason she left West Point as a "failure"--meaning that she did not complete her degree in engineering. I think that must have been caused by a huge issue she had. And the car wrecks are disturbing--drunk driving? emotional breakdown? recklessness? Unfortunately Maura's family is more interested in perpetuating a "movie star" persona for her & not sharing real information that may help solve this mystery.

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  25. Is it a normal thing to get only a 3 month probation for a cc fraud, small or big?

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    1. For a first time offender, yes.

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  26. I've been following this case pretty closely for a couple years, and when I try to reconstruct some sort of psychological profile of Maura, I tend to think that she disappeared of her own free will, perhaps under an assumed identity. She evidently had a history of premeditated fraudulent activity, and there were MANY factors that might have provoked her to run away. Her dorm room was packed up and she vanished with erratic behavior. My guess is that after the crash in NH, she hitchhiked a ride to some other destination, where she either carried out her disappearance or committed suicide very deep in the woods.

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    1. Sounds right. Many issues of significance existed in her pre-disappearance life, and perhaps there are some that are still unknown to the public.
      Her outstanding academic record was twice blemished, first at WP then UMASS; perhaps a final argument with a family member or love interest was associated with physical violence, and might have tipped the scales in favor of fleeing.
      With no body and no physical evidence of abduction to date, it seems fairly certain she disappeared of her own free will in response to stressors, and remains in hiding (perhaps even in plain view somewhere), or she committed suicide in her distress in some part of a NH forest.....or to wherever she might have hitched a ride.
      Her family history, relationship and psychological issues, as well as at risk academic standing may certainly have combined in a myriad of ways to create this outcome.
      It's anyone's guess.

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  27. Although Mr. Renner has started this blog as a clean slate to collect all solid information and facts, after reading all of his posts and comments, i've noticed that some critical questions have never been asked or only show up in the comments once or twice.
    These questions may sound speculative but there are no solid evidence against them either- just unasked and unanswered questions. They can perhaps lead to some out of the box brain storming.
    1- Was it really Maura who crashed the Saturn on the route 112?
    2- How did the crash happen? Considering there are no direct damage either on the front passenger side nor the rear driver side (in case of a 180 degrees spin before hitting the snow boulder). Is it possible she was in fact driving westward?
    3- A 3 months probation for credit card fraud-small or not? Is this something common? People sometimes serve time for stealing a bread.
    4- Is it possible for Maura to be in some kind of witness protection program?

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    1. Wow those are great questions!

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    2. I often wonder if it was maura that crashed that night.when was the last verified sighting of her before the crash?i can't help but feel that something has been hidden by her family.why are there no active searches on social media for her like there is for other missing people.could she have had a mental breakdown and shamed into hiding?i think Fred may of found out a few years after her disappearance what happened to her and that would explain his wall of silence now.

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    3. Ya know, I had tha very same question. One cannot assume she was driving the car...so why is she listed as the driver? Easy to assume... and I believe it was her but until verified by law enforcement, they shouldve listed it unknown...

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    4. the sniffer dog had the scent of her for 100 yards up the road from the crash site.

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  28. I keep wondering if when her and her dad went to look for a car if they ran her credit history?

    Everyone assumes why Maura Murray left, but there is only one person who really knows. The sad thing is that no one might ever know what prompted her to leave.

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    1. I wondered that too. But i was under the impression that her father would be paying for the car himself. He said he didn't have enough money that weekend yet to get her one, but he would later on in the month.

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    2. Which witness can step forward to say Maura and her father actually looked for a car? Or was it just mentioned they were setting out to look for a car? More rumors, unsubstantiated? Her friends were silenced by the father early on. WHY??!!??

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  29. Who was her lawyer for the credit card fraud? Would knowing this show any possible ties to people or be helpful in other ways?

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  30. I left a previous comment finishing with Sein Fein. The comment is based on my speculation that Maura Murray is alive and reading Mr. Renner's blog. I was shocked the other day when I saw that on a Topix page Maura's case had nearly 23,000 comments!

    When it comes to Maura Murray, since I lean towards she disappeared on her own, the Sein Fein comment is a way of poking fun at her rebelliousness and her Irish ancestry. I think the things she does like credit card fraud are part of that rebellious nature. I tend to feel bad for her because getting a cell phone that late makes me think a lot was expected of her, to get things done on her own.

    This case effectively ends at that curve in New Hampshire. There is no proof she ran away. I got lucky when I commented about her having a probation agreement that might include not leaving the state.

    I will also admit I also got the Sein Fein comment from a Columbo episode called The Conspirators about an Irish poet who pretends to be something other than what he really is. That is how I see Maura Murray, not as someone who is scared of her father, the police, or boyfriend. I see her as a confident, funny, and intelligent person. I really believe she IS smart enough to pull it off.

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    1. See I'm right the opposite in my thinking...I see a young woman with a very unstable personality whose unwise decisions had her rapidly escalating towards a crisis. I hope that one day this case can be solved!

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    2. I agree. The purchase of all of that alcohol with the most likely intent of consumption by herself suggests that she had substance abuse issues.

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  31. Maybe we all can agree on one thing: We are glad You are posting again James! I think we all are looking forward to more posts and more discussion.

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  32. Maura's smart, I agree the dad knows more, and I'm sure she is off living in Canada with a new life.

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    1. Smart? There is book smart and there is emotional intelligence.
      I'd say she was troubled, reckless, impulsive, secretive and the product of a complex psychological history. An eating disorder, and probable association with bulimia, may have led to credit card fraud and lying. Cheating on her boyfriend is another layer of deceit.
      So, you add it up and then subtract the handicaps. Living in Canada doesn't take smarts. I sure hope she decides to pick up the phone and end the charade if that's what she's been up to.

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  33. I think it is time to apply the principle of Occam's Razor to this case which so badly needs it. I am quite convinced that Maura ran away of her own volition.
    Here is the evidence:
    --Her dorm room was completely packed up when she left. It seems to me utterly farfetched to suggest she would pack up her dorm room in anticipation of committing suicide. There is no other good explanation for why her dorm room was packed up. Supposedly even the pictures on her wall were packed in boxes. This isn't just about someone being slow to unpack when they returned from Christmas break. This is about someone who planned to leave.
    --She was in possession of at least one "burner" (i.e. prepaid, disposable) cell phone. People use these phones when they have something to hide or want to run away.(I strongly believe that all calls to the person she ran away with were made on a disposable phone that she retained after disappearing.)
    --Re: the letter that was posted here on February 7th, in which someone claimed they knew that Maura had run away on purpose and was now living happily in Quebec. The details in that letter fit together VERY well, and not one detail of it is contradicted by known fact or evidence. It would be incredibly difficult to formulate a fake story of how Maura disappeared without inadvertently contradicting some fact, somewhere. This letter didn't.
    Also, what could possibly be the motive for posting such a letter, if not to reveal the truth? Unlike Dirtbag/Beagle's Youtube videos, the letter was not from a repeat poster on the forums, or somebody compulsively addicted to the case. It had none of the salacious/titillating delivery style that would suggest the work of a troll. It was a completely straightforward letter with no bells, whistles, flourishes, dramatization, or pleas for attention. It was posted once--perhaps with Maura's permission?--and then never repeated or revisited by the original poster.
    It has the ring of truth.
    --Maura withdrew $280 from the ATM. If she were just going on a road trip to get away for a few days, why would she need to withdraw cash? Presumably, she could have used her credit or debit card to make purchases along the way. It would only make sense to withdraw that much cash if one wanted to avoid being tracked.
    --She brought her diamond necklace. One can presume she intended to pawn/sell it off once she reached her destination. She may have left it in the car by accident; she was drunk and in a hurry.
    --She may have gotten drunk, AND put the rag in her tailpipe, to facilitate an accident, which was part of her plan according to the aforementioned letter. I think this explanation is believable, especially since the rag in the tailpipe was from Maura's own car kit.
    --As a poster above mentioned, immediately before disappearing, Maura gave back the set of scrubs she had borrowed from a friend. She knew she was not coming back.
    --Bulimia. Expulsion from West Point. A very upsetting phone call at work. An arrest for credit card fraud. A significant automobile accident which was possibly a DUI/hit-and-run. Alcoholism. Daddy issues. A cheating boyfriend, plus an affair of her own. Maura had a LOT of issues going on. She is exactly the kind of unstable and beleaguered person who would run away of her own volition. I believe she did.
    Now, does anyone know....
    --What Maura was doing/who she was with during the school break immediately before her disappearance?
    --The last places Maura went shopping before she left? Are there any credit card/debit card records of hers other than those for the stolen pizzas?
    --Has anyone hacked into Maura's email account or subpoenaed her Internet search history from before she disappeared?
    --Is there, or or could anything else be found about the writer of the original letter posted here on February 7, 2012? Is it possible to find their IP address, location, contact information, or other details? What about their other posts on that forum or other Maura forums??

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    1. Been following this case closely for 8 years and this is the best "explanation" I've read.

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    2. SAH, some of this evidence you site is not factual, such as "--She was in possession of at least one "burner" (i.e. prepaid, disposable) cell phone. People use these phones when they have something to hide or want to run away.(I strongly believe that all calls to the person she ran away with were made on a disposable phone that she retained after disappearing.) " There's no evidence whatsoever that she had a phone other than the one on the Rausch's account.
      "--As a poster above mentioned, immediately before disappearing, Maura gave back the set of scrubs she had borrowed from a friend. She knew she was not coming back." Maura was returning an outfit loaned to her when she had to stay overnight at the friend of a friend's apartment on her way back from clinicals, because the weather was bad. No evidence this is linked to not returning ever.
      "--Bulimia. Expulsion from West Point." Neither of these is a fact.

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    3. anon 4:01 PM-
      You stated 'Maura was returning an outfit loaned to her when she had to stay overnight at the friend of a friend's apartment on her way back from clinicals, because the weather was bad. No evidence this is linked to not returning ever.'

      Just out of curiosity, in what source did you find this information? After reading countless newspaper articles, articles online, I have not found that anywhere.

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    4. The more information I find out about Maura Murray (facts I should say such as scanned documents), the more I too believe she ran away.

      If you take away the family and friends' opinions, 'She would never do this to us...' and just looked at the FACTS, it seems clear to me that she took off.

      How did she exactly do it, I suppose we will never know.

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    5. Well done. I just this morning posted about Occam's Razor in the Brianna Maitland case. The inability to stick with the facts was the main obstacle in my sister's murder as well.

      JJA
      Who Killed Theresa?
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    6. SAH I'm a victim of my Husband committing suicide as well as a nurse and have done much research on the topic as his sister also took her life 30 years prior and another cousin took an OD and survived as well as a 2nd teen cousin found hanging. It is a well known fact that people who commit suicide give belongings away to friends and loved ones and also pack things up as they don't need them anymore. Also the mind of a person who is thinking about suicide may purchase and do things just hours or days before they kill themselves knowing they will never use them. My loved one was disabled with severe back pain and depression and went to the pain clinic 3 days prior to suicide and picked up prescriptions at the drug store that he would never use. He made sure that his bills were paid up and that he had the rider on his credit card that if he died it would be paid off. You need to read the book that Curt Kobain's Aunt wrote after his suicide as she is a Psych. nurse and it will educate people as what a person at the end of the suicide road will do. It is a long road with the depression Psychological pain and physical pain, also if a person is drinking alcohol that is a chemical depressant to the already depressed person. She most likely had the rag in her exhaust as she may have thought she could be overcome by the fumes prior to the police arriving and thought they might get there to soon. As soon as I read all the things she did to "shut down" I was very concerned about her psychological well being. I have read at least 6 books on suicide and have gone to the S.O.S yearly Saturday get together so I'm well educated on the topic as well as a nurse. KR LPN

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    7. I think you're mistaking 'pre-paid burner phone' for 'pre-paid calling card', which the Investigation Discovery program mentioned she was known to frequently carry.

      I'm all for Occam's Razor, too. My opinion on what happened varies day to day. :)

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  34. James, I was wondering; have you tried to find out if there was more helpful footage from the filming of that ID episode?
    ~Kolina

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  35. Sometimes you even get lucky with questions by noticing things in a person's smile. And it makes you wonder what is the answer.

    Did Maura Murray remember to take her floss?

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    1. I remember reading something that said that she did have floss in the car.

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    2. As a matter of fact, it has been noted that oral hygiene products were left in the vehicle when she disappeared, as she was apparently very conscientious about this. Why do you ask?

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    3. I asked because in a previous post Mr. Renner put up, it had a picture of the sister and all the items Maura had in the car with her. There were two interesting items, one I saw and one I did not.

      The item I saw was the Cherry Coke 2 liter bottle. It seemd to be rather full and since she was said to have mixed drinks in a Diet Coke 20 ounce bottle that was found in her car, but yet poured out into the snow, I wondered how much she actually had to drink.

      The item I did not see was the floss. She has a bag filled with all the proper stuff, her shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. It even looks like she remembered to take an unbrella. In the picture it is hard to see so maybe she did take her floss and I could just not see it?

      It is BECAUSE she is so conscientious about her teeth that I thought it would be strange if she did not have floss with her. She does so much packing up that I would think she would remember to take it. So it made me curious whether it was in the plastic bag OR whether it was back at her dorm room OR whether police found it in either place?

      For as much as I might think she ran away, there really is no proof of it. Running away takes the focus off what really might have happened to her, being kidnapped or murdered. It is hard to deny the cracked windshield, crumbled car, alcohol stained interior, etc. Those are all facts.

      I feel for her family if she really was indeed kidnapped and murdered or hit her head and took a ride with someone. It is just that from the novice armchair detective's perspective, it is kind of like what Columbo says: You go where the trail(of clues) leads you.

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    4. I usually take floss on vacation. If you are running away to kill yourself, you don't care about packing floss. So she was either meeting someone or wanting to run away to start over. Not kill herself.

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    5. I constantly keep floss with me in my purse or backpack. I would not need to pack it for a trip. I don't keep toothbrush and toothpaste with me, but I always have floss with me in my purse.

      Something that you said I think is relevant though. Most people who drink Diet Coke do not usually drink regular soda, especially Cherry Coke which is super sweet. Sometimes, I do alternate between regular and diet soda, but rarely. This could be an indication that the soda was someone else's. It really stinks that those items were not collected as evidence and were contaminated by giving them back to the relatives and being handled by so many people. There could be DNA evidence on the bottles!

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    6. Let me tell you that when you are depressed you don't give a damn about brushing or flossing your teeth. Personal Hygiene, keeping up your house goes right down the toilet. Depression gives you no energy to care or do anything.

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    7. Not necessarily true. She still could have been severely depressed. The flossing could have been more of an OCD thing. That would fit in with possible addiction and bulimia issues.

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  36. Is there any chance that Fred Murray was visiting Amherst that weekend to collect Maura's possessions and to offer some support because she was definitely leaving UMass? That would explain the boxed-up belongings. It doesn't explain why he didn't later take them in the hire car, although there are several reasonable explanations such as lack of time or annoyance.

    Just my speculation, but a possibility.

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  37. Wondering if NHLE knew about Mauras' past and maybe Mr Murrays before Mr Murray got to N.H.If Maura was finished at UMASS and a parent called could they just say not our problem.Columbus day weekend 2003.No saturn in Mauras' life yet.Hossein is down the highway in a race in Windsor V.T.Credit card fraud is about a week away as is MrMurrays birthday.Anyone want to call Harpoon Brewery for pictures or video or is that considered interfering.Philip

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    2. I am wondering if Maura stopped by to watch the Harpoon Brewery October Fest 5K on Sunday October 12TH 2003 because Mr.Baghdadi ran in that race.Just looking at race results and any pictures to see who else Maura could have known was there.

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    3. This post is confusing, but has info that I've never heard or read about relating to Maura. Murray. You should elibarate more..is Harpoon Brewery a place she visited?

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  38. Only problem with Fred knowingly helping Mayra vanish to a new life is the involvement of PI's, some hired by the family. According to last years SOHO's magazine, Fred has a new PI on the case.

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  39. Despite what I continue to read......the same conclusion just will not leave my mind. I truly believe she was abducted. Yes, she had reasons to run. However, I feel that as time progressed, MM would begin to realize that the trouble she faced wasn't quite that bad. "Bad" in the sense that a better option would be disappearing for years and years leaving friends and family so upset. Of course there is always the domino effect......and perhaps she ran and one thing led to another. I still feel that unless there is some huge secret/mystery, she would have quickly (as in a few weeks or months tops) realized that her troubles were not worth running and completely starting a new life.

    The only other thing I still wonder about would be her father.......NOT that he harmed her, but that he may be helping her quietly start over. We all know that we'd do just about anything to help our family. Sigh. That still leaves the elephant in the room as to what would have been SO bad to take these drastic measures.

    I continue to hope my "opportunistic abduction" theory is wrong. I also continue my praise for the work you're doing James!!

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  40. I am new to this site, so just getting caught up... revisiting some old cases. I find the new information about the credit card fraud, drinking en route the night she disappeared disconcerting and critical.

    One thing I would like to caution readers about is this notion that the family is in some way trying to protect a pristine image of their daughter. There is no evidence of that. But I can tell you from experience that a family would certainly not want to give police any excuse to ease off the pressure of the investigation with the suggestion that the victim had vices, and therefore got what was coming to them. Publicly it is in the best interest of investigators and the family to say as little as possible. If people on the side like Mr. Remmer discover new evidence, then so be it, but don't look to the family to volunteer it to you: they are going to be mistrustful of anyone (and then, unfortunately, become suspicious in their behaviors in the eyes of the public).

    That is just from my experience having gone through the same experience as the Maitlands and Murrays of the world.

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  41. Maura Murray's case is so interesting because there are so many different angles associated with it.

    One of the biggest questions I would have that she ran away for whatever reason, whether she got into a fight with her father or hit the UMASS student with her car, is why would she give any indication of it? She is so depressed on Thursday night but by Saturday she is going car shopping and drinking with her father and a friend.

    Why would a person pack up their dorm room to give an indication that they are planning to leave? That does not make sense. She could have easily just taken the items that were found in her car with her and left without packing up everything else in her dorm. If a person were trying to fool people you would think they would try to leave things as close to the way they were, and only take what they need.

    Why would she write an email to professors about needing the week off if in her mind she KNOWS she is not coming back? And use an obvious lie that she knows people will figure out to do it?! She could have said she came down with a major case of the flu, etc. You would think for a nursing student that type of excuse would work very well. And why use an excuse like a death in the family when you are heading in a direction AWAY from where you grew up? Remember, she calls Go Stowe, Bartlett cabin, BEFORE she writes the email to professors.

    Why would she go to a liquor store(maybe one she has used numerous times before), to be caught on videotape, etc? Most people notice the video cameras since the clerk wants a potential robber to think twice about a robbery. For example, when examining the videotape of Maura in the liquor store, which probably only the police have, does she go in and grab the things she needs and leave, or does she peruse looking for what she might want to drink? Remember, the previous Saturday the father took her he had to tell Maura and her friend to hurry up and make a decision already about what they wanted to buy.

    In the picture posted by Mr. Renner, the one with Maura's hygiene products in the bag next to her sister, I was surprised the police let the family keep the plastic bag. Plastic bags usually have a lot number or other identifying information on them that allows them to be traced to a specific lot, sold to a specific store, etc.

    The facts of the case are that a girl who might have been depressed and who might or might not have been drinking crashed her car on a curve up in New Hampshire. The strongest theory is the one that she either was kidnapped or took a ride fearing problems from the police. If it is something else it has to be one of the most clever disappearances I have ever seen.

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    1. It is possible that her email to her professors would give her a week headstart on running away. If she had not wrote it, her absence would have been suspect and worrisome.

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  42. I am leaning more and more towards the theory that Maura is indeed still alive. I do not think her family knew her as well as they thought they did. I think Maura had become an increasingly stressed and private person as her life seemed to get more and more out of her control. Her UMASS credit card issues would have been a SECOND major screw-up for her and she probably felt like she could not handle it. I think sometimes we on the board forget the stage of life Maura was in. It is easy to say that none of that was worth disappearing and starting a new life over, but MM was raised to be a "winner," and perhaps she really had no other POV on life.

    I think also that we do not know the half of what was going on in MM's life at the time. She was a private person and she was known to have had at least one affair. This is why I am not counting out a secret boyfriend who either lived in Canada, or who went with her there. Thus, I could easily see her having a second, secret cell phone, especially if her boyfriend's family paid the bill on the other one! When she had the affair with the coach, how did she contact him? Doubt she used the cell phone her BF's mom had access to.

    The credit card thing to me also shows that MM was way more devious than her family would lead us to believe. I could see her intentionally staging things to make it look like she had been abducted, or had killed herself.

    My own theory is that the car accident in NH really was an accident. I think she meant to meet someone and abandon her car. After the accident, she quickly fled, realizing that once the police got there, she would not be able to go through with her plan. Thus, she took a few things with her and left all the rest. At this point, she was no longer sentimental about anything. She is off to start a new life - she'll get a new toothbrush along the way. She then runs up to the road to "get out of sight," calls her new man from a different cell phone, and then waits out of view in the woods until he comes to get her. They go to Canada (or where ever) and start a new life together. This would explain why she took all the cash out of her account at once before she left - why leave any of that money behind?

    I want to add one thing about the fact that Maura packed up her room. At one point, Maura made the decision that she was not going to stay at UMASS. I do not know if she had yet made the decision to just take off and disappear yet, but she knew she was NOT staying at UMASS for much longer. I think this is a really important bit of evidence that she is still alive.

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  43. There's a remote chance that Maura was using other people's credit cards because she wanted to save money to run away. But, I agree with the poster who said there was no way the accident was staged. Crumpled fender, cracked windshield, air bags out, beverage all over the car...someone hit the rail or possibly another car pretty hard. I mean, why not just make it look like the car ran out of gas or brak down? Highly unlikely she ran away.

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  44. Does anyone have any confirmation that Maura ever traveled to Canada on vacation in the past before she disappeared? Sorry I can't remember if it was verified that she had ever visited there.

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  45. There is one thing a lot of people do not talk about and that is WHY Maura Murray might have left. I agree with her friends that she was a happy, intelligent, and funny person. I think she was two people, the Maura her friends saw, and the one she knew deep down inside.

    There is something very interesting about credit card fraud that I am surprised no one has brought up. It has to do with psychology:

    For that brief moment when she uses someone else's credit card, she is NOT Maura Murray.

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    1. You must not read this blog thoroughly, people talk about it ad nauseum. It's pretty obvious she didn't plan it, at least by the accident scene. Maybe she decided to run away after she crashed that night. I doubt it.

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    2. I like this. That when she's using someone else's card- she's not maura murray. I think that's really insightful.

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  46. I watched the heavily edited account of Maura's disappearance on the show "Disappeared" last night. In the episode, it's mentioned that the windshield on the driver's side was damaged and airbags had deployed. Is it possible that Maura struck her head hard enough to disorient her? While the passerby that ultimately phoned for help did not think she appeared intoxicated, he wouldn't have thought twice if she had behaved shaken after an accident (yet aware). Head injuries, even those that seem minor, can and often do result in fatal circumstances. Look at Liam Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, as an example of how a blow to the head (even one that appears to be minor leaving no outward damage visible) can cause serious harm - in Natasha's case, a simple fall and subsequent lucid interval led to a false sense of security and wellness that contributed greatly to her passing. Add this circumstance in with the fact that she had been drinking, however much we may never know, and we have a recipe for disaster. There was a mention in the "Disappeared" episode that her boyfriend received a very mysterious call and message as he was passing through airport security. This could have been her last attempt to save her life; coping with the elements, possibly dealing with a traumatic brain injury, potentially mildly intoxicated, emotionally distressed, all of these factors potentially sabotage rationale decision-making and place her in harm's way. Is it not possible she expired to the elements and theoretical wounds? (Walk into running water, off an embankment, get lost in the woods [it's dark], etc, etc.) I believe she would have tried walking, definitely preferring that unwise option to the police presence and having to explain the liquor in the vehicle. If that is the case, it may never be possible to close the case as such a long period of time has passed and whatever remains there might be have long since been scattered by weather, time, and animals.

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    1. Anonymous Aug 14 1:07PM - this is my theory as to what happened. Even without a potential head injury and likely intoxicated state, I believe that it would've been very easy for Maura to get completely lost in unfamiliar woods in the dark and succumbed to hypothermia. Bodies in woods are notoriously hard to find even immediately after death, and as you point out, after time, next to impossible.

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  47. I watched the heavily edited account of Maura's disappearance on the show "Disappeared" last night. In the episode, it's mentioned that the windshield on the driver's side was damaged and airbags had deployed. Is it possible that Maura struck her head hard enough to disorient her? While the passerby that ultimately phoned for help did not think she appeared intoxicated, he wouldn't have thought twice if she had behaved shaken after an accident (yet aware). Head injuries, even those that seem minor, can and often do result in fatal circumstances. Look at Liam Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, as an example of how a blow to the head (even one that appears to be minor leaving no outward damage visible) can cause serious harm - in Natasha's case, a simple fall and subsequent lucid interval led to a false sense of security and wellness that contributed greatly to her passing. Add this circumstance in with the fact that Maura had been drinking, however much we may never know, and we have a recipe for disaster. There was a mention in the "Disappeared" episode that her boyfriend received a very mysterious call and message as he was passing through airport security. This could have been her last attempt to save her life; coping with the elements, possibly dealing with a traumatic brain injury, potentially mildly intoxicated, emotionally distressed, all of these factors potentially sabotage rationale decision-making and place her in harm's way. Is it not possible she expired to the elements and theoretical wounds? (Walk into running water, off an embankment, get lost in the woods [it's dark], etc, etc.) I believe she would have tried walking, definitely preferring that unwise option to the police presence and having to explain the liquor in the vehicle. If that is the case, it may never be possible to close the case as such a long period of time has passed and whatever remains there might be have long since been scattered by weather, time, and animals.

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  48. A little random - but I was reading through posts on the tailpipe in the muffler and googled "stuffing a tailpipe in muffler" just to see what came up as reasons to do so,, and found this article http://www.ehow.com/how_4558073_check-holes-vehicles-exhaust-system.html

    so it looks like a sort of legitimate reason to check for exhaust systems...but doesn't make sense why she would have tested for that, then accidentally left her rag in her car? and also testing exhaust systems wouldnt really be a roadside emergency, since you couldnt touch the pipe if it was hot.

    but it made me wonder if the car wasn't actually being driven - would explain how a rag lasted up there, and if she was testing the exhaust - why it would be up there if she forgot to remove? ..... i know people have mentioned trailer hitches....but then i thought it seemed really far off....

    though, it made me wonder if there was a recording of the mileage on her car before her accidnet (last inspected?) and after - to see how much it was really used.

    it would also be great if we knew when/where she last filled her gas tank, how much, and how much she used up. it could be helpful in seeing how much driving she actually did that day - if she stopped at another destination first.

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  49. I'm quite new to this case having been pointed toward it by another forum but a couple of things come to my mind:

    Is there any further information regarding the breathing / sobbing message left on her boyfriend's voicemail?

    As someone who has gone through a period of depression I had planned on boxing up my possessions before attempting suicide.

    The name MrDirtbag112 from YouTube could have another meaning as dirt bagging in the mountaineering and outdoor pursuits arenas refer to making do without luxuries while in the great outdoors.

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  50. imho i think the first cop on the scene had some thing to do with her missing. he doesnt let anyone know where he is or writes down anything about stopping where maura was. id look in to him.

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  51. I think it is interesting to trace a pattern of behaviors of Maura's that can be described as different ways of "running away." As quasi-synonyms for "running away": "Doing something destructive in order to escape the consequences of one's actions"; "Destroying the evidence."

    Consider bulimia. The bulimia sufferer binges on food, then attempts to run away from the binge by purging. (Purging=doing something destructive in order to escape a negative consequence="destroying the evidence.") We know Maura may well have had bulimia.

    Consider credit card fraud. Instead of accepting the cost of one's cravings and paying it, the perpetrator tries to escape/elide/"run away" from that cost by passing it off to someone else who must then pay. Maura engaged in credit card fraud, that is, doing something destructive in order to avoid the (financial) consequences of an action. Or, roughly, hoping to effectively "destroy evidence" of an action by running away from its consequences.

    Consider abortion. One is negligent; one conceives; one continues to be negligent by drinking heavily while pregnant. Then one must do something destructive (abortion) to make it as though the original mistakes never occurred. One must destroy the evidence. One must run away. There is reasonable evidence that Maura sought to have an abortion.

    See a pattern here? ...Suddenly, it doesn't seem so farfetched that Maura might in fact have been involved in a hit-and-run with Petrit Vasi and sought to "destroy the evidence" by purposely crashing her car. And that she might have then run away from that final crash to destroy evidence of a DUI. And that her entire departure was just one more instance of "running away" from the piling-up consequences she faced in her life. A leopard doesn't change its spots.

    (It's interesting to observe the same type of behavior in Fred Murray's actions, too--from running away from police and reporters, to wanting to have Maura's car crushed, etc., etc...)

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    1. @8/16 2:58PM
      Very interesting and well developed idea about the pattern of managing the consequences of her behaviors.
      I'd disagree only about countless conceptions which are bathed in alcohol during the first number of weeks when the mother doesn't know she is pregnant. To drink heavily or to have binged during early pregnancy is not an indicator for abortion; Maura also did not need to travel to obtain an abortion.
      Just as James eventually confirmed some features about her life before her disappearance, I feel certain some of the ones you mention will be affirmed when more of the truth comes out.
      Great post!!

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    2. "Knowing" someone "may" have done something!? By definition this is impossible. You first need to learn some reasoning and logic basics before posting theories.

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  52. The more I read the more convinced I am that maura is alive.i know Fred has hired a new pi supposedly...could this be to track down maura under her new identity rather than investigate what happened the night she disappeared?
    Look at the cases of other missing girls ie Lauren spierer & holly bobo their families are doing everything to keep the cases in the public eye where as Fred seems to be keeping quiet.yes he did a programme years ago but what if since then he has heard from maura and she told him she just wants to be left alone.

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    1. Very interesting thought about the PI.

      I think the fact that Fred is rebuffing people (like James) who could help solve this case means he actually knows where Maura is, and very likely that she is OK. Otherwise, it makes no sense that he would both rebuff JR and hire his own PI. I think you are exactly right that he knows Maura is OK and wants to track her down himself, but doesn't want people exposing sordid and embarrassing details about her/him/other loved ones. (Not only would those details make Maura and others look bad, and possibly get them into trouble, but they also might put Fred at risk for false implication, which of course he wants to avoid.)

      One example of a detail Fred doesn't want exposed could be Maura's affairs. Another could be her history of dishonesty and criminal behavior. Another could be her psychological instability, her bulimia and/or drinking problem. Yet another could be something borderline unsavory about Fred's own behavior and possibly his relationship with his daughter.

      The best example, however, would be if Maura was in fact involved in the Petrit Vasi hit-and-run. If Maura was responsible for that, and is now alive and OK somewhere, it makes sense that Fred and Maura's friends are all keeping mum. That could get her into serious trouble with both the law and Vasi's family. At the very least, the Murrays would be financially ruined by it, and Maura would very likely go to jail or prison. I think it is very possible that this, or something equally significant and damning, is why Fred is rebuffing some potential sources of help.

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  53. I just saw the case on a show and read alot of these posts.

    1. You don't go off and spend money to get drunk and think. She was meeting someone. A lover. Secret meeting place +secrecy+alcohol for two+work covered =a lover.
    2. Family didn't want to expose this side of her, especially her official boyfriends family as it would have humiliated him. They owned her cell phone an it took then that long to trace her calls? The police didn't do this immediately? Come on...

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    1. Very logical thinking indeed. I think you have the right idea. I wish people--especially those with good ideas like yours--would use a name to post, so that it is possible to see what else they think about the case.

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  54. "There is reasonable evidence that Maura sought to have an abortion."

    Since when???

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    1. No Kidding! Why did she take her birth control pills with her then?

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  55. The one thing I thought was telling about the accident Maura Murray has with her car is that after she crashes she is parked in the opposite lane facing oncoming traffic. The bus driver, during his conversation with her tells her that she needs to turn on her lights.

    But the accident happened at night. Who turned the lights off?

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  56. Just a thought. I agree with the idea Maura is still alive. I have heard the question time again on this and other blogs. How would she manage to stay away so long? How would she survive especially in the first few months when the heat was on? Let me tell you something. I have been looking for and hunting people most my adult life.

    This is what I would've done. There are 29 communes in Vermont, 19 Communes in New Hampshire and 23 Communes in Maine. Most don't have television so no one there would know you are missing. Some cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to get into. But, some are free as long as you do work around the place. On the land or helping building. Maura loved the mountains. Maura would be a great asset to any commune. Some nursing experience and a great out door person. This is just one of the ways. You wouldn't believe some of the places I have found people. I heard about this case 5 days ago. It took me less than 5 minutes to research places she could be. This seems the most logical if she was alone. The perfect life for someone like Maura, simple life, no expectations, no pressure.

    She wouldn't need to use her social security number, she wouldn't need to use her credit cards. These places are self-sufficent where they live off the land. Maybe after a while she moved around, finding a different commune as when she wanted to a change. This is just an opinion of mine. A simple plan any of us could do tomorrow.

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    1. Haven't heard this theory yet, but I think it's a GREAT point.

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  57. questionswithnoanswersAugust 24, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    8 Years and still no sign of her.It makes me feel sick - thinking what must have happened to her. Does she need a rescue or so she just voluntary wants to be away from everyone? If she is alive I hope she comes forward some day.

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  58. I can not believe I had never seen this blog before , wow. I have kept up with the case since this young woman first came up missing and am rather impressed by the new facts and theories presented here. As the mom to a loves 17 year old daughter I am haunted by this case (and all the others of murdered and missing children and women ) and ponder Maura's fate very often. Respect to this Blogs author for a job well done.

    I never had read that Maura was in trouble for credit fraud before . I had always read she was just this amazing saint but she seems to have had trouble or at least a troubled period. I have never even remotely understood what made her get into that car and leave but have speculated on reasons.

    One question . Has Necro Search ever investigated the area or Tim Millers group ? My husband is an officer of law and does not get why people find it hard to believe she was drunk or disoriented and wandered off and died from hypothermia or was the victim of a possible hit and run down the road and somebody hid the body and nature did the rest. We have a home in Texas and in Colorado and in both areas people go missing (in Texas they die from the heat and Colorado from freezing weather) while out hiking (or entering the country illegally in Texas) and die and are found months or years later via a few bones and sometimes not at all. I guess to him the question has always been about why she left .

    Anyway ,great blog.
    Maryon

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    1. About your husband's question. The problem is that the area was covered by snow and there were no tracks from anybody walking or running or falling into it. Nothing.

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    2. About your husband's question. There was no trace whatsoever in the snow of a person walking, running or falling into it. It appears she stayed on the road on foot or leaving in somebody else's vehicle.

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  59. Any way to find out if the redacted phone number is the same as the cellphone number that Sharon Rauche gave Maura? If it is a different cellphone number, it could add to the theory that MM had a throwaway/pay as you go phone.

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  60. I think it is telling that there are no "missing" posters in the area where Maura went missing, as there have not been for years. (As far as I know, the only poster that was there for awhile was the one on the tree, and it may not even be there anymore--just the bow.) To me, this says that the family knows she is alive and well. If they didn't, it seems clear to me that they would still be putting up posters, especially Fred. If you are going to go to the trouble of searching the area every weekend, suing the State, courting the FBI, hiring PI's, etc., to this day, then why not do the most basic thing and put up posters?? The fact that he is not doing so, and has not for a long time AFAIK, suggests to me that he knows with certainty that she was not abducted and is still alive and well somewhere.

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  61. Does anybody else find it strange that mauras boyfriend billy does not appear in mauras episode of disappeared?his mum speaks in it as does fred but not billy.strange

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  62. I now realise there is an active Facebook page for mauras disappearance which is making me reconsider my theory that she left of her own accord. I still believe somebody close to her knows the truth.I still think she is alive.

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  63. I do not believe that Maura has gone off and started a new life. I could be wrong but I do not believe she has the resources or the anonymity to stay hidden for this long. (And please stop referring to Canada like it is some remote northern hinterland, we gets tons of American programming here). I think from her actions, it is clear that Maura was in emotional and psychological distress. Her actions, such as the credit card fraud, is very much indicative of someone experiencing depression, as most clinically depressed people engage in some type of risky behaviour. I have been there and I myself made similar mistakes. It also seems that everyone had high expectations of her and as often is the case, people who bear so many expectations often feel the need to hide their shortcomings, so they deal with all their difficulties alone instead of asking for help. I sadly think that Maura succumbed to the elements after her accident, or she met with foul play. Maura was very young at the time of her disappearance and everyone makes mistakes in life. She must have felt very helpless and desperate to do some of the things she did and I am sure the humiliation and disappointment with herself was very difficult for her to deal with. None of us here knew her, so please do not judge her because you really do not know her situation. Speculation is fine but to attack the character of someone you do not know, including her family,is not very nice. I really hope that her family will get some answers

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  64. Everyone put up posters and this has been exhausted. There's no way her father knows she's alive and well. Why would he do this for so many years? He's never given up looking and nobody expected him to do that. I just think that they could only go so far with the posters and these would have been at their most effective around the time of her disappearance. She'll be much older now and people's memories will be extremely vague. I just think that Fred has lost a lot of faith in law inforcement throughout all this. Why would a dedicated and loving father exhaust police resources, put her and her boyfriend's family though hell, not to mention spend every spare weekend driving all the way up there and searching tirelessly. He's given up on posters and maybe he's just doing everything he can to take it into his own hands. I don't understand your reasoning what is the reasoning behind AFAIK that they believe her father to know she's alive and well. Why would her father participate in this?!

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  65. SAH, you can't know what one would do in any given situation until you are in that situation yourself. And even then, we don't all deal with crisis/trauma/grief the same way.

    It is not at all "telling" that there are no missing posters all these years later. It is entirely normal and typical that there are no posters at this point.

    Not to mention, there has been a lot of drama with the locals, not being very receptive to the posters and other attempts to locate Maura, which is not at all typical in these kinds of cases.

    Your premise is inherently flawed. Putting up posters is an indicator that he doesn't know where she is. However actually going there and physically looking for her year after year means he knows she's alive and well somewhere else? Again, your premise is entirely flawed.

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  66. Any evidence that Maura was fluent in French?

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  67. I haven't followed Maura's story in a while. Is this article true, she would have been kicked out of her nursing course? They never mentioned this on the show 'disappearance'. I guess it casts a large amount of doubt on abduction. The odds were already stacked against it regardless in my opinion.. a bad of chain of events (i.e, crashing a car not once, but twice and credit fraud) to lead to abduction? very unlikely indeed. To say her family is in on it too? I think that creates a situation were it's now taking too many people to be quiet, it would have came out by now what happened to her. As the saying goes, '3 can keep a secret if two are dead'. So I think it's unfair to suggest her family are in on it. I think with the fact she was going to be removed from nursing school and combined with her depression she's just lapsed and went away on her own. If she was assisted on her disappearance, I think her accomplice would be out with their story by now, whether they developed a conscience or realize they could make money by coming out with their story. So I reckon she's gone of on her own or she really has been abducted.

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    1. She wouldn't have been kicked out of nursing school or not been able to get a license as a nurse. The fraud was a misdemeanor not a felony- she would not have to report it and even if she had a felony it is only certain crimes usually drugs and abuse. Half my classmates in nursing school had lives a lot worse than hers and they graduated.

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  68. I had a thought last night after reading all the comments here--what if that call Maura got where she was so upset and shaken that she had to be helped back to her room was someone talking to her about credit card fraud? Maybe she stole another card number, and she was extremely upset since having 2 instances of fraud would make it stick on her record. That also gives her a pretty good reason to run--even for a week or so.

    It seems like Maura was a deeply troubled young woman who tried very hard to project one image while her actions tell a different story. Fraud, theft, lying, drinking & driving (perhaps), cheating on boyfriend, bulimia (perhaps), getting kicked out of WP, etc.

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  69. I also wanted to add that stealing can be related to child sexual abuse--Maura had no need to steal the credit card info for the $70--that's a huge risk for very little money. Seems she had some other motivation. I am not accusing her father, just that he seems a little off in all his interviews. The descriptions of the actions Maura and her dad had right before she went missing are weird--like driving in the middle of the night to stay in a motel with her dad.

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  70. These programs are done years later and Billy was in the military- he may have been overseas by then. It isn't weird at all, it happens all the time on Disappeared.

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  71. If Maura had quit track like her friend said in one of your posts, then why did she bring running gear up with her on her mysterious trip?

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  72. In response to Oct. 15, 2012 Post, she may have quit track but that doesn't mean she quit running.

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  73. I was 100% sure MM had simply wondered off and died in the woods. Now I'm not so sure. Google Lula Cara Hood. This lady disappered forty year ago and was recently found alive. Google Jeanne Rysiewicz. This lady simply walk way from an airport while waiting to board a plane with her parents. I'm still 75% sure MM died in the woods but these two cases prove a person can live undetected and people do just walk away for unknown reasons.

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  74. School bus driver?
    He lived a short ways away, called the police within 10 minutes...
    So this gentleman parks hid bus at his house all the time?

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  75. Also, two car accidents in three days?
    Yes, seeing that alcohol purchase could lead people to believe Maura had a drinking problem, but I cannot help but wonder if there was an underlying neurological condition.
    It is pretty clear she was depressed, and like many, I think that withdrawing all her money from the bank and buying that booze, she might have been planning a last party. I hate to say it, but this might have been a suicide, she might have taken off into the night, no, I have no evidence for this assertion.

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  76. Also, it just seems that the scenarios for foul play seem highly unlikely..
    If Maura met with foul play, one of two things had to have happened...
    A: Maura was targeted, meaning her abductor/possible killer followed her for hours, then committed te crime when they saw Maura at a weak moment.
    B: She was a target of opportunity, meaning that a killer would have had to be hunting in a sparsely populated spot on a cold, winters night...This just does not make sense..
    If you were a killer, you would hunt in a more target rich environment.

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  77. I think she is still alive, with emotional disorder, possibly bi polar...maybe treated, maybe off meds..Perhaps the recent stresses could have caused a psychotic snap and starting over somewhere just made sense. I was an RN for 25 yrs and what we saw on TV was not the full truth...too many questions left unanswered. How can we put a puzzle together without all the pieces? We all make mistakes in life, i know I have but best to face up and deal with issues, because they will not go away.

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  78. I saw the TV programs about Maura and have read about her disappearance. To me, it seems like she was an alcoholic. She may have had a little more money than anyone knew and possibly a credit card. Hopefully she got a ride and just left. Not everyone follows missing people cases and most people aren't murderers. I could see someone not coming forward because they never knew she was missing. The other option would be walking away and drinking as she walked and passing out in the woods. Maybe someone should do a search and try to estimate how long it would take to get stumbling drunk while walking then focus in that area.

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  79. I don't know if you've seen the other "Disappeared" episodes but one woman in South Carolina, about 30 minutes from where I live, vanished years ago and it turned out she had moved out west. Someone saw the TV show and told her about it so she contacted her family and law enforcement so they would stop searching for her. Maybe in Maura's case she isn't contacting anyone due to impending legal charges she might face? I would think she would at least contact her father or someone, somewhere to let her know she is still alive.

    It's not like they're out there searching for her every day. If she succumbed to the elements and died in the woods then animals could have gotten to her by now and with all the snow and what not bones would not be easily located.

    I'd be curious to know how extensive their searches have been.

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  80. Maura's behaviors were suicidal symptoms.

    1. Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly (multiple car wrecks)
    2. Giving away belongings (scrubs)
    3. Talking about going away or the need to "get my affairs in order" (packing up her belongings so her family wouldn't have to pack them up after she was gone)
    4. Suddenly changing behavior (disappearing/driving off)
    5 .Losing interest in activities they used to enjoy (quitting track)
    6. Performing self-destructive behaviors, such as drinking alcohol and stealing credit cards
    7. Pulling away from friends or not wanting to go out (reclusive in dorm)
    8. Sudden or increasing trouble in school or work (grades dropped)
    9, Changing sleep or eating habits (bulimia symptoms)
    10. Arranging ways to take their own life (stuffing cloth into exhaust and crashing car)

    It's very likely that Maura succeeded in ending her life.

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  81. I just had thought and I realize that this post is more than 3 years old, but I am throwing it out there anyway..

    I have never experienced airbags going off in an accident and I wonder if it is possible to continue to drive the car discreetly after they have gone off. Is it possible that the damage to her car was from the Petrit accident, and she was able to keep the car more or less hidden for a few days, until she could drive it in the dark and stage an accident? Or have a friend tow it on a trailer until they were in a remote part of NH where they could stage an accident?

    -Natalie

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