The following letter was reportedly posted on the Maura Murray Facebook page. I am unable to see it myself because I have been blocked by Julie Murray, who posted it.
We are writing this letter not to engage in debate, nor to attempt to place blame. Our goal is to, as it always has been, locate our sister. The authorities are treating our sister’s case as an open investigation, as such, we encourage everyone who is genuinely concerned about Maura's case to funnel any and all relevant leads and information to them. Although journalism and social media outlets are great methods to keep the case in the public eye, they are certainly not a substitute for the legal process or investigative powers of law enforcement. Our concern is the very real possibility that credible information will be lost in the abyss of social media; potential witnesses turned off by the threat of defamation of character, biased interpretation of the information they provide, or a mischaracterization of their reluctance to discuss matters related to this ongoing investigation or participate in forums on the internet. All of these factors only serve as an impediment to an ongoing investigation.A lot of this is directed at me. They've made me out to be some "Hollywood" type out to make a buck. I'm a journalist, first. And like the Amy Mihaljevic case, I sought to uncover facts in this mystery because I wanted to bring closure to it. When I began, I did not expect to run into such secrecy from the family of this missing woman. Any other family of a missing person would welcome this sort of attention with open arms. But not the Murrays. Why?
Our refraining from participating in social media and conspiracy theories, or speaking with other parties concerning Maura, should not be interpreted as an attempt to put up road blocks to the investigative process. Our focus is on the ongoing investigation and providing all information to law enforcement authorities willing to help. We strongly encourage any and all people with allegations, information, or other evidence of wrongdoing by any party, including family members, to provide this information to the FBI. We also strongly urge you to request the FBI take action on Maura's case. Despite our repeated requests for a thorough investigation by the FBI, we have run into countless roadblocks, and our cries have fallen on deaf ears. Lobbying for the most powerful investigative agency the country has to offer is not the path a family accused of possible wrongdoing and secrets would choose, and we continue to advocate for their involvement.
Over the past couple of years, a number of people have decided that personal gain by making unsubstantiated claims is more important than the fact a young girl is missing and a family is left shattered, still seeking answers. Maura's story is not a fictitious account dreamed up by a script writer. Instead, it is an actual case that still needs answers. Painting a story based upon conjecture and allegations, as well as sensationalizing to meet some Hollywoodistic standard, seem more important to some than a bonafide effort to help us discover Maura’s whereabouts. Recently, outrageous and completely false allegations vilifying our father and our family have surfaced during this difficult time. While some may give instant credibility to these allegations, there is never a mention of any investigation to determine the presence of any biases or motives to fabricate of these sources. We feel all sources of information, along with any persons of interest, should endure the same level of scrutiny to determine if derogatory facts exist which may call their credibility into question.
We remain a united family struggling with the unconscionable burden of a missing loved one, a burden that we wish upon no one. Each and every day our family lives and relives this tragedy, the weight of which has affected us all, none more so than our father. We remain steadfast in our efforts to find our sister, and we thank all of those who have provided and continue to provide love and support along this difficult road.
Kathleen, Freddie, Julie and Kurtis
If you read Fred Murray's statement to police and weigh it against the stories he's told since the disappearance, you can clearly see he lied. That's not up for argument. It's in his own words.
He repeatedly says Maura's disappearance has nothing to do with what happened in those days leading up to her trip into New Hampshire and refuses to answer questions about why he drove out to Amherst to visit her that weekend and what happened in his hotel room that night.
I see that even Julie is now asking people with information that may implicate family members to please send that info to the FBI. I think that's a smart move.
I can't imagine what this family has gone through. I do feel sorry for Kathleen, Freddie, Julie, and Kurt. Hopefully, there will be closure one day.
Information was given to me last week that seems to confirm what I've long suspected about Fred. I will be giving that info to police on Monday.