She was Maura's supervisor, the one who found her nearly catatonic after receiving a call at her security post the week before she disappeared.
I asked Karen if she thought it was possible Maura could have snuck away for a bite to eat or some coffee, hit Petrit Vasi (as the theory goes), and return to her post. Here's what she said:
I do not think that she left her shift and was involved at the hit and run accident, for a number of reasons. First of all, the parking lot takes about five minutes to get to your car, and by the time you drove to Amherst Center, had the hit and run, drive back and walk back to the dorm for your shift...she would have gotten caught leaving her post. Her ID card to get into the dorm at that point would be deactivated, as she should already be in there working, thus she'd be stuck outside waiting for someone to open the door, then sneak in to sit back at the desk. And her stuff was sprawled on the desk...nursing book, cell phone, and I don't see her sneaking away, and then taking her book out again. The supervisors are always rotating around Southwest to check up on the receptionists. Thus the odds of her being able to go get the car, do the drive, get back to the dorm...nope, don't see it happening. As I tell my first graders when learning about probability....very highly unlikely.
I like Karen. Then again, I like anyone who can look at this case objectively.
The reason for Maura's disappearance may have begun that night but I don't think it had anything to do with Vasi. The answer was probably much closer to home.