Over the last few days, I paid visits to several friends and family members of Maura Murray: Julie Murray, Sara Alfieri, Liz Drewniak, Katie Jones, and Tim Carpenter.
I have tried to contact each of these individuals over the last few years for comment. None of them replied. Not even with a "no thanks" email. As a responsible journalist, I had to assume that it was possible they had never received my requests (and, at least in Tim's case, this was true--and he had a lot he wanted to say). Most people don't realize Facebook filters messages from non-friends. Emails can end up in Spam filters. Phone messages can be erased by husbands/wives.
I could have written my book without comment from them, but given the nature of the story I felt it was the responsible thing to really be sure they had the opportunity to speak their mind. Now that they've had that opportunity, I have no further need to contact them. If they wish to say anything further, they know how to reach me.
Never in a million years did I imagine this missing-person's case I started investigating in 2009 would end up being so strange. Or that I would pick the one missing-person's case where the family actively lobbies to keep the book from publication. I have never heard of a missing-person's case where the father of a missing girl would not want to open his doors to any reporter trying to find his daughter, even those who ask the hard questions.
It's sad, all the way around. Hopefully the book can lead to some closure.