Sunday, June 9, 2013

"I don't want to get Maura in trouble."

I'm a few chapters into this book, now, and this weekend I went back to the first articles written about Maura's disappearance to get a better sense of what was known at the beginning. I didn't realize this, but it appears the Boston Globe was actually the first news source to report on the friend of Maura's who was not cooperating with police.

The more details are revealed, the more baffling the case becomes, police acknowledge. Yesterday, Thrasher said that Maura had fastidiously packed all her belongings into boxes before she left school, even removing the art from her dorm room walls. Meanwhile, one UMass friend has seemingly withheld information from police, saying she didn't want to get Maura "in trouble."

This strengthens my belief that Kate Markopoulos and/or Sara Alfieri know a bit more about what led Maura into New Hampshire than they have shared publicly. What could be so important that they would rather not share info with police and journalists when their friend is missing?

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  1. Wow. Funny thing, I noticed this James and I nearly pointed it out to you. This is particularly striking to me when I consider and closely scrutinize the events of Saturday night as related by Fred. More and more and more your assertion that understanding Saturday night is the key to understanding what happened is becoming more and more and more obvious.

    John

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    1. I'm convinced that this is the correct line of thinking. If there are answers to be found in this case, I believe that they will be found through:

      1. Investigating Maura's last few days at school and interviewing the people that she talked to.

      2. Getting people on the ground in Canada to pass out pictures of Maura.

      Are there any Canadians who read this blog? Does anyone go there on business? Has anyone gone into that Curves in Toronto with a photo of Maura and said, "This girl's family is desperate to find out if she is alive..."?




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  2. This information was published in the Boston Globe on March 2, 2004. So that's only 2 weeks after Maura's disappearance. It's interesting that "Thrasher" is Umass police officer Robert Thrasher. Did he give this information to the writer of the article? If he did, it's coming from a reliable source.It’s not unlikely he was the source. As a Umass officer he or a colleague would probably have interviewed Maura’s friends.

    When you think about it, doesn't it imply that police had at that time already found out what specific information was withheld by Maura's friend? How else would they know information was withheld?

    I’ve no idea what that information was, but something else seems very interesting. Maura is missing and her friend knew something that could cause Maura problems, but didn’t tell police about it. Why didn’t she? Did she knew where Maura was, or where she was going? Maybe the friend thought Maura would show up and was not really missing. When Maura didn’t show up, she eventually told police what she knew.

    This doesn’t answer James’ question, but these are my thoughts on his post.

    JW

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  3. Meanwhile, one UMass friend has seemingly withheld information from police, saying she didn't want to get Maura "in trouble."
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    I think it is important to note the word "seemingly." We don't know if this is true or not. Or the context. After all, this is an unidentified "friend."



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  4. Maybe the answer to your last question is that they know where she is/why she's missing. If they know, that can no longer be a motivation to speak to the police.

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  5. These friends are much older now. Perhaps, any secrets of Maura are not that big of a deal now. Police should talk to them again.

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  6. The first thing that comes to my mind is that Kate did know where Maura was going, and that is why she kept it secret then. But with months, and now so many years passing, I can't imagine that she would have kept where she was going secret. Surely she would be worried about foul play, unless of course Maura's secret is that she was running away. But in John's post about his meeting with Maura's teammate, she said that Kate set up a balloon release for Maura's birthday. So it would seem that Kate was worried about her friend at the time, or at least making it appear that way.

    No one besides LE knows what Kate has told them. For all we know, she has come clean to them by now. Or did some time ago, and just did not have any relevant information to Maura's whereabouts. It does seem that she knew what Maura was up to, though. You know, I wonder why Fred didn't confront Kate when he surely read that piece by the Boston Globe.

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    1. First, we don't know that Fred didn't confront Kate, and second, he wouldn't have needed to if he already knew what Kate knew.

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    2. I wonder if Kate knows something that Maura asked her never to tell. Or perhaps Kate has a feeling that something she would rather not tell - or believe does not matter - might in fact matter. Perhaps she has something she knows she should let go of, but does not know what Maura was planning or what happened.

      John

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  7. It would be interesting to Know if Sara and Kate were involved in the searches for Maura

    JWB

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  8. Could this friend have possibly been referring to Maura driving intoxicated the night of the accident in Hadley and that statement has nothing to do with Maura's disappearance.

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  9. Maybe she was pregnant?

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  10. Maura's father was losing his house. A notice was filed on February 6, 2004 (it was sent to him on January 28, 2004).

    Isn't it obvious that this was what was upsetting Maura? She likely found out about this during the phone call that upset her. Then Fred came to visit her the following day; likely to show her that everything was OK. But there is another possibility: what if Maura's first crash was intentional, i.e., to get the insurance money to save the house. Then the whole beat-up Saturn thing would make sense (this would give her an excuse to be driving her father's car; give him an excuse to be there visiting, etc.; it also explains the rag in the tailpipe, and it explains why Maura would have been driving the Saturn, i.e., it was not actually broken).

    Sure, these might sound like conspiracy theories. I apologize if these theories have already been raised and addressed.

    For those without Java, I took a screen shot of the notice of taking:http://eho.st/pji4i7yc+

    --Jennifer <3

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    1. If he could come up with $4,000.00 to get Maura a new car, how come he was losing his house? Definitely seems odd.

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  11. Jennifer, this is great. Can't believe I missed it. Can you point me to where you found this? Thanks,
    James

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  12. I haven't read all the comments or posts on this page and just beginning to look into thus case. I was wondering if anyone thought it was possible that her first car accident was an accident that resulted in a death, meaning she hit someone walking or jogging and was possibly drunk? And this is why she was so upset and perhaps this was all staged to look like he disappeared when in fact she did alive but to another country. Possibly Canada.

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