Here's what happened with the Maura look-alike photograph that surfaced this week and eventually led back to Hanson:
Concerned that things were escalating, I called the Hanson, PD last night to look into it. They spoke to the woman and her husband. The woman in the photograph is not Maura.
What could have ended after one simple returned phone call or email, instead resulted in getting a lot of peoples' hopes up.
I don't know that we'll ever know why Maura's SS number was mixed up with these folks, but it doesn't appear related to her disappearance.
Consider this a dead end and move on.
Thank you for your help and for listening to me when I asked you not to identify the woman in the photos. I'm proud of the way we came together. Another let down but maybe closer to the real answer...
Yes, I'm as mystified by all the weird coincidences with this lead: the social, the similarities, the reaction, etc. But the police have said it's not her. NH police have the info if they want to pursue it any further. Let's trust them.
Feel free to discuss, but I will delete any comment that contains personal info such as location or name.
And also, thank you for the kind words. I don't know what I could have done differently, but we all make mistakes and sometimes what looks like good info, really exciting info, just doesn't pan out.
I was just shown proof-positive evidence that the woman in the pictures, though strikingly similar, is not Maura Murray. It's not her. Sorry. Don't post names. The mystery isn't here. I know it's disappointing, but move on.