Tim Carpenter is the former husband of Kathleen Murray, Maura's older sister. I spoke to him at length today and he had some very interesting things to say about the early days of Maura's disappearance. He was on the ground in New Hampshire, beside Fred during the searches.
"He was weird about it. Me. If it was my daughter, I'd a been outside at the crack of dawn, starting the searches every day. Him, he'd get up maybe ten a.m. and I'd say, 'we better get started.' Then he'd stop about five and bring everyone to the restaurant and start drinking and it would be a party."
"I remember him pointing up to the mountain and saying, 'She walked up there. We'll find her at the top. Drunk and naked.' Why naked?"
Tim also collected the packed-up boxes from Maura's dorm. Fred was waiting at the dorm with the boxes and they loaded them into the back of Tim's truck. Some of the material, like Maura's computer, were eventually collected by investigators. The rest eventually ended up in the trash compactor at the dump where Tim works, after he lost his house a few years back.
He also says Maura was about to be punished by West Point for stealing make-up when she left and enrolled at Amherst.