A new look at one of the North Country's Coldest Cases
This is very helpful to see the events of the case laid out in a timeline. Thanks to Shelby for putting it together!The business with the "accident forms" is odd to me. Maybe it varies by state or insurance provider, but those I know who have been in non-towable accidents typically just call the police and their insurance company to report it. The police responded to her first accident and released her, so a police report would have been filed. The next step would have been for Fred, as the policyholder, to contact his insurance company and have an adjuster sent out to assess the damage. No "forms" needed, other than answering the adjusters questions. Plus, even if there were required forms, wouldn't Fred be the one to obtain them? He was the owner of the car and the insured. What forms did Maura need to get, and from where?Also, when was it determined that the damage from this accident totaled $8k? Certainly not at 3:30 am on February 8th. Usually an insurance adjuster comes out the next day, or within a few days. How did Fred know that the accident caused $8k in damages, and say that (I'm paraphrasing) he was lucky that was all the trouble Maura caused him? That doesn't add up to me.Also, from the timeline, it seems obvious that something happened between Maura and Fred on 2/8 that was the last straw, or caused her to flee. He didn't find out about the NH accident the next day, and went all of Monday night expecting her call, which never happened?
I find the accident report situation odd also. I live in GA and when we have an accident and cops are called, they write up a report and give us the report # along with a contact phone number and the officers name. They then tell us to contact our insurance company to relay the information and give them the report number we were given as well as any of the other persons insurance information we may have. The insurance company puts in the request for the police report but, if we want a copy for our own records then we can request it after 24-48 hours.
In Massachusetts, by law you are required to submit an accident report to the Registry of Motor Vehicles with your account of the accident, which includes the bother drivers contact infornation (or the lone driver's information if a single car accident) and bother drivers' auto insurance policy information. These forms are standard procedure amd can be printed from the Mass RMV website, or from the responding police officer to the accident. However, back in 2004, I believe you had to obtain these forms at the local police departmwnt to file with the Registry. Trust me, I live in MA and I am an awful driver so I have had to file one too many of these forms....
Good timeline, but I think it should begin much earlier, and also include other events, like her mother's cancer diagnosis, and her leaving West Point. I still do not think that Maura's "problems" began the previous fall.And really, can we please write out dollar amounts properly?
I will do my best. I was trying to post only facts that could be backed up to rid some of the here say and hopefully some confusion of the case. If I come a crossed anything more that has proof (police report, medical report, etc) I will post it and the link to the report.
"Friday: Maura was at work at 1 am when she received an unknown phone call that caused her to become upset. She was escorted back to her dorm room by her supervisor." Is there any evidence that she received a call at 1 AM or that a call caused her to become upset?"Maura calls a fellow student at UMASS and leaves a voicemail of no significance to the case." How do you know that the call was irrelevant? If it was irrelevant, why mention it? ATM / Liquor Store -- How do you know that she went to the ATM before the liquor store? Items found; "minus the alcohol" -- and minus the backpack.
Per reports from Police and Police reports, the call voicemail was just a short non significant message. Also, according to police the call records indicated a phone all at the said time. Also, the times tamp on the ATM receipt as well as liquor store receipt confirmed the time and order of purchases. That's part of what made the situation so odd, why not use a debit card for the purchase as opposed to stopping and getting cash for the purchase?
I think any contact she made with people before she vanished (if she was planning on running away) is significant. Is the content of this message listen anywhere? Even if it was a message of very little substance it could at least help paint a picture of her mental state at the time/ possibly hint at what her intentions were. And I pose the question if she was running away why bother calling someone she knows from school (from a class? anyone know?) and leave a message? What's the point. It probably is of not significant importance but I would be interested to know who MM was calling and what was said.
I totally agree! As far as I know the name of who she contacted was never released nor the context of the message. If I find anything or hear otherwise I will post it! I was curious about the same thing.
What time did Fred arrive to go car-shopping? How much time before that did Maura know he was coming?
If this timeline is correct, then they didn't do the helicopter search with thermal imaging until 10 days after she went missing. In that 10 day time frame, did it snow again? If so, whatever tracks (if any) that were left in the snow would have been covered up and if she had already passed away, she wouldn't show up on thermal imaging.
Thanks for putting in the work!
Kudos on the timeline, Shelby--looks great!
Thank you so much for sharing this really great and valuable tool! Does anyone know what became of Maura's BF Billy afterwards. New love, new luck?
Thank you so much for sharing this great and valuable tool. Does anyone know what became of BF Billy afterwards? New love, new luck?
Very nice job, MrsForman!But I wish I wasn't terrible at military time! :-)
Why wasn't the FBI involved in this case?
Despite all the hostility that has been directed at you, you have made public a lot more details about this case than anyone else has. It always bothered me that her bizarre behavior in the days before her disappearance was being dismissed as not important by those close to her. Like nobody wanted to say anything to upset the family. I feel for the family, and I believe Fred's grief is genuine. He is obviously tormented and heartbroken by his daughter's disappearance and I do not for one minute question the sincerity of his grief. However, I've seen him insist in interviews many times that "it doesn't matter" why she lied and ran off like that. I'm sorry, but it certainly does matter. The reasons why she ran off may or may not be connected to her disappearance. But ten years on, we still don't know what happened. Therefore, the circumstances surrounding her bizarre behavior and deceptiveness before she disappeared are a glaring hole in our understanding of her disappearance. And you're the only one in recent years who has had anything new to reveal about this case. Keep digging.
Thanks for the questions and criticism everyone. Please note I am on an iPad doing this timeline so something's are copy/pasted. For some reason I was unable to log in to the timeline for over a week on my iPad, so I haven't been able to update it much lately. The information I have is factual as reported on police reports, etc, I also have attached links to such documents if you click them. The timeline is also open so that anyone can submit a change, piece of evidence, etc- it will notify me and I can approve or deny it. Sadly, the timeline automatically puts it into military time. Just remember that midnight is typically documented a s 000 so 12:30 would be 0030. Anything after midnight just counts up from 12 so 1 am is 1300, 6am is 1800 and so on.
1 *PM* in 1300, 6 *PM* is 1800. You might have really confused some people there. lol
Omg thank you for that!
Also, due to lack of information on the family that has been made public, it is going to be very hard to go as far back as cancer diagnosis, etc. I can try to go back as far as I can but, I was trying to condense all of the information we new since so many people were suggesting a timeline.