A fascinating possibility has emerged from a conversation I've had with a woman via email who has helped a number of women successfully disappear in America. This woman, a practicing social worker, believes Maura may have used a little-known battered-women's organization to aide her in her disappearance.
One outfit is the House of Ruth. And here's how it has worked in similar cases:
They can and will provide women with completely new identities, complete with drivers licenses, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, and credit cards. They provide resources, financial and otherwise, to help these women flee.
They are also more secretive than the CIA. not all of what they do is 100% legal. Its a huge network of people worldwide that assist with whatever is needed when called upon. I can attest that these organizations are very good at what they do and aside from witness protection (which looks sloppy and careless compared to some DV organizations), this is a surefire way to disappear with little to no resources and no street sense, neither of which Maura seemed to possess.
However, its extremely difficult to fool true victims of horrible domestic abuse. MM would have to be an excellent actress or a legit victim to fool these people. Escapes such as mauras would've been expensive and risky. They don't do that for just anyone.
Anyway, this theory has been with me since the beginning when i learned certain facts about the case. The ssn snafu is what made me write you.
It could be nothing, but having little knowledge of these underground organizations, certain things stick out.
If this is what happened, you have a better chance of finding the holy grail. Tight lipped is an understatement. I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned on the blogs, forums, etc. But at the same time, not all that surprised. People involved with these types of organizations have a lot to lose and keep better secrets than the pentagon. I don't know how you could explore this further but certain things are leading me to believe this a really viable theory. Maura simply wasn't smart enough to vanish on her own. It also explains Fred's and the family's reaction.
Food for thought.
I'd also like to point out that we very rarely know each other. I might get a call from my contact, who got a call from hers, to provide temporary shelter, off the books, for a victim and her children. They will stay with me until I get a call to either give her a ride somewhere or put her on a train, bus, etc.
But how could she get by without using her social security number?
Hypothetical: I let them "borrow" mine. Good credit history, clean background, etc. Then, when they're where they're going, a new identity is set up and mine is returned to me.
There is more than one group. For instance, I might get the call to pick someone up anywhere from .GA to VA. It could be another group that contacted MY contact because we are in that area of the country and my skill set is needed.
It really is like an underground railroad. A network. And I would happily serve time in jail before giving anyone up. I would and do go to drastic measures to protect them. I'm telling you this for a variety of reasons. I think if Maura did this, she took advantage and lied and took resources from women who were severely abused.