You know, the more I look into this case the more unbelievable it becomes. I went into it, like many of you, with this image in mind of Maura as the All-American Girl. Then we learn of her credit card fraud. Her cheating. Her petty theft at West Point. Not that I think she was given much of a chance. Her mother outed her bulimia in front of family members, some of whom had serious problems with drugs and issues of their own. And Fred... Jesus. Where do you start? What a mess.
And yet she's still missing. The case needs closure.
Anyway, last night I learned the Stop & Shop loyalty card found in her Saturn after the crash had been stolen (I believe it was, based on the following story, anyway, but you tell me if you can come up with a better explanation). A reader of the blog ran the card number through Stop & Shop's system and found that the card was associated with the address 22 Walker St. Weymouth (which was where Fred was living). And an email that linked back to a man in Cleveland named Richard Thousand.
Here's what Thousand had to say:
Very Interesting! I did attended a meeting at U Mass shortly after graduating from Nursing School in 2003. I was there for approximately a week and signed for a card at the Stop and Shop close to where I was staying because they had some money off on gas. Of course, while there I talked to several nurses attending the University and I do remember talking quite some time with a girl who fits Maura's profile from your website. We were both runners and I grew up in Upstate New York and camped and hiked many of the same areas that she had in New Hampshire. I remember her mentioning a boyfriend in Oklahoma because I had told her I had moved to Ohio from Kansas and she said she was planning on getting a job there. She asked me about the kind of area it was. I also had been in the Air Force and she mentioned some military training, but I don't remember her mentioning West Point Academy- but that was a while ago. As for the card, I don't think she would have stolen it from me since I keep a very keen eye on my wallet and only carry the bare minimum. I am notorious about dumping these cards anywhere because they aren't credit cards and we don't have these stores in Ohio so I could have left it anywhere on campus. I still do this since I travel a lot but I guess I will be more careful in the future. I was rather shocked by what I read about her disappearance but I had a co worker in Kansas disappear and there were a lot of strange theories but they eventually found out that BTK was her neighbor and actually abducted her from her home and killed her.