Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saco, Maine??

A couple months ago, the novel I wrote, The Man from Primrose Lane, was optioned for a movie. The sale allowed me to be able to afford to hire a lawyer and private investigator to help me with some research into Maura's case. The PI put together files on all the major subjects related to Maura's disappearance, which is why we're finally getting some statements from them.

He also put together a file on Maura, herself. And something interesting popped up. It appears that someone may have used her name and/or social security number in Saco, Maine in October of 2004.

Does anyone know of a connection there?

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  1. I know a connection. But You are the last person I would give the info to.

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    1. Attention seeker

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    2. The poster Citigirl on Topix who is a distant relative supposedly left a comment similar to this in reply to another poster, hmm.

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  2. Wow.. Doesn't anyone realize that James is really trying to help solve this..

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    1. He is writing a book and that is all that matters.

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    2. GooseBarry: If a journalist like James Rener undertakes an assigment to try to bring attention to a puzzling disappearance such as Maura's, the author is going to focus just on that: Writing a book. So just what does your statement means when you say that "He is writing a book and that is all it matters"..just what else is he suppose to do...? And if you in fact know of a connection between Saco Maine and her dissapearance please make sure you inform the proper authorities because this is not a game. Is more possibly a crime with the monster who did it still running around free and undetected.....This is really what should matter: A crime has been commmitted and the perpretator has not been found.

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    3. Anon 3/30 7:24: Seriously. If this were my sister I'd want at much attention on her case as possible. From what I've seen, Mr Renner has journalistic integrity.

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  3. GooseBarry maybe tell the police atleast?

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    1. IF James knows this then so does LE.

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  4. I am starting to think that they all know where she went and that she is hiding.. so many what ifs..

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    1. That has been my feelings all along and now I feel even stronger about the fact that she ran away to start a new life. Drunk Mother-Cheating boyfriend and controlling father- Nuff said!!

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    2. What do you mean they all know, who is they?

      new to this blog

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  5. Your research gave me another idea about Maura's disappearance. Someone follows Maura and they both meet at the gas station. Maura tells the other person to wait about 15-20 minutes while she crashes the car and does what she has to do with the alcohol bottles. Then the other person comes around the bend and picks her up to take her to where ever. I know this theory is rather weak because of the bus driver, but it is still a theory. So many theories....

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    1. I would not want to purposely crash my car so hard that the airbag deploys. Ouch! Not a good idea even if you are desperate to run away.

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  6. Maura knew the area of the accident, and she was familiar with those roads as her family annually vacationed for years at Bartlett. It seems that she used the weathered barn of Haverhill as a reference/meeting point in such a remote area. I believe her accident was staged for some reason, and her secret boyfriend was waiting in his car for her behind the weathered barn. After crushing the trees, she took her backpack, locked her car and went away with her boyfriend.

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    1. While I believe she may have had an accomplice, I'm not sure there's any indication that Maura was familiar with that area. NH 112 is a 60 mile long winding back road. Coming up from Weymouth/Hanson, she'd only know the eastern-most 35 miles of 112 called the Kanc -- but she was on the western-most 12-mile stretch called Wild Ammonoosuc Road.

      Might sound like splitting hairs but there's a huge difference. The middle and western portions of NH 112 are strictly for getting from one remote place to another. On top of that, as Fred and several others have mentioned, nobody who knew where they were going would take 112 from 91 if they were heading very far east - they'd take 302. 112 is a big step down in drivability and rises steeply to an elevation of 1870 ft at Kinsman Notch. Not a great choice if you're having car troubles. It would look like a good route on paper to someone who didn't know the area, though.

      On the other hand, the Kanc (eastern portion of NH 112 which Maura knew) is a well-known connector between two major tourist areas and is a huge tourist attraction on its own (30 mile stretch with nothing on it but breathtaking viewing spots and parking - not even a store, house or gas station - nothing at all).

      Which leads to the next point. There are infinitely more remote locations you could stage a crash than dinner-time in front of the Weather Barn Curve in Haverhill with a house right across the street.

      -Rocky

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    2. We still have not proved 100% that the Saturn really was having car troubles before the crash. Maybe Maura just told others that her car was bad so she could get a free ride to work every day.

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  7. You don't tell us the context in which this information was found, but my guess would be something to do with employment. Aside from a credit card application that was the last time I ever had to supply my SS#. Maybe for a driver's license. This is probably not identity theft unless this person used Maura's ID info to go on a spending bender. So if it's a license or employment then I personally would suspect that Maura was (and I think is) alive and well and had to earn some cash or get an ID.

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  8. It could be simple identity theft. It wouldn't be the first time a missing/deceased persons ss# was used long after they've disappeared.

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  9. I initially thought identity theft too. But what a coincidence then that they'd also be in new England. In a town known for it's camp grounds.

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  10. Israel keys had family in maine?

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  11. Could this (SS# being used) be the reason LE was saying they had evidence of her after the accident at some other location?

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  12. If it was identity theft, isn´t it strange it would happen right where Rt 112 ends, a three hour drive from Haverhill?

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    1. Haverhill is on NH 112 and Saco is on ME 112 and the two locales are 3 hours apart. However, there is no "Interstate 112" - NH 112 and ME 112 are completely different roads - not related in any way.

      NH 112: 60-mile east-west route across central-northern NH from just inside the Maine border to just inside the Vermont border.

      ME 112: 24-mile north-south (by way of severe east-west zig-zag which is why it is even-numbered) route near the Maine coast in the southern portion of the state.

      -Rocky

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  13. Also, county's were involved in the search/investigation (as noted on this blog) that had a commenter wondering if she was on route to Maine based on the counties locations...

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  14. I think Ashley Ouellette was from the Saco area. She was about Maura's age but was murdered five years before Maura disappeared (almost to the day, IIRC)· Thought it'd be worth mentioning though there probably is no connection there.

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  15. She might have been running away but have crashed by accident. The Weathered Barn doesn't have to have been a pre-selected location for a staged crash.

    Chris

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  16. We don't really have a lot to go on. Was this information found in a credit report? If it wasn't an attempt to open a credit account, what other reason might people have for offering their SS#? These days it isn't uncommon I'm told to have a credit check when renting a house or apartment.

    If it was identity theft, I would be surprised if the thief only used the information once. It's not impossible someone did it once, got scared and said no way ever again, but I would doubt it. If it was Maura who was in Saco, ME it would seem stupid for her to use her real name in any obvious way that soon after "disappearing," but even though this is clearly a bright girl, it's also not a girl who exhibited good judgment in the past.

    I tend to lean against this information coming from employment records since your usual PI can't access that stuff, unless he has a really good idea were to call and ask. So I suspect the PI found the information in either state drivers records or a credit report, and I vote for credit report.

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  17. Weird..There were no signs of struggle and she locked her car before disappearing. I'm more convinced she took a ride with someone with bad intentions and then was a victim of a crime. The theory of her being driving in tandem with a boyfriend is illogical. Makes no sense.

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  18. I've been reading a lot about this case for a couple of months now and perhaps discovered something of interest today.
    If Maura's social security number was used in Maine isn't it also interesting that locals had reported seeing a red truck with Maine plates the day of her disappearance? If you refer back to the post about Israel Keyes many commenters believe the red truck is a lead in solving this case.

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  19. I agree Chris. My idea about staging an accident from the gas station is rather weak. There is one thing I know for sure since I have ran in the snow before. Maura's feet would be ice after a while. It would have been wise to have hiking boots or some type of snow shoes with her.

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