Sunday, October 13, 2013

Remains Found During Search for Abigail Hernandez Likely Not Maura Murray

Authorities searching the New Hampshire woods for evidence related to the disappearance of Conway teen Abigail Hernandez stumbled upon human remains that were not Abigail's. 

Several news outlets have quoted a source saying the remains were those of a person who disappeared in the region some years ago, leading many to speculate that the bones may belong to Maura.

I just got off the phone with a source at the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, who explained a bit more about what was discovered.

- what they found was a partial human skull and teeth.
- no evidence related to Maura Murray's case (backpack, booze, etc.) was found
- it is believed the remains belong to a man who disappeared nearby a few years ago, not Maura, but it will take some time to verify identity.


  1. I read that they had found a body of a missing hiker AND the remains of someone else.can anybody clarify this?how far away from where maura disappeared where these remains found?

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  3. @ Fiona:

    WMUR did, in fact, report that, according to officials, "[s]earch teams ... found the body of a missing hiker and bone fragments from another missing person" during the search for Hernandez. Further, the bone fragments belong to a person who went missing "a number of years ago.”

    Since the other finding was a body -- not merely bone fragments -- the second missing hiker likely disappeared relatively recently. As further support for that conclusion, officials specially stated that the fragments belonged to a person who went missing "a number of years ago," which suggests that the "body" did not belong to a person who fit that description.

  4. As to the second part of your question -- the location of the remains -- they were found “near Mount Cranmore" in Conway.

    Google Map driving directions from Mount Cranmore to the site of the crash show a distance of approximately 60 miles between the points.