Friday, December 12, 2014

BREAKING: Woodsville resident says Maura was traveling with two women.


About an hour before Maura Murray vanished, she stopped in at Butson's Supermarket in Woodsville (now a Shaw's), with two other women, according to the woman who ran up her purchase.

I was a cashier. That day, I was running late on getting out on time. It was probably 5:45-6 p.m. when I was supposed to have gone off register. My last customers were three attractive ladies. They had picked up some alcoholic drinks, as I recall the blue wine coolers cus that's what I drank. They also picked up smokes. I ID'ed the three of them, and they were all 21-23. My supervisor was helping me to bag up their order.

I hear your skepticism. I was skeptical, too. But her story held up the closer I looked. Here's why:

1. She isn't just remembering this, now. She reported this as soon as she heard Maura went missing because she believed it was her. But she didn't report to police. She reported to her supervisor. The supervisor then told a random cop, who more than likely never filed the report. She has provided the name of the supervisor for verification.

2. She describes the young women who were with Maura in enough detail that she, without prior knowledge, described the person I believe was with Maura that night.

3. She told a member of the Murray family early on. She thought they could verify it by checking the cameras inside Buston's. Fred checked on it, himself, but was told there were no cameras. However, the cashier meant the cameras at the small bank branch inside the store. One of the cams pointed down the aisles.

4. Again, we have Maura purchasing alcohol with friends. This is well-established pattern. And the drinks she purchased are the exact kind of beverages Maura, Kate Markopoulos and Sara Alfieri were drinking that weekend.

She says Woodsville residents saw Maura and friends visit the McDonalds across the street (might there be credit card receipts?) after this. This completes the timeline, putting Maura and company at the scene of the accident right on time. The tandem car then turned around and picked Maura up.

When asked for more details, she goes on to say:

The actions of the three...nothing stands out now. Just one that I say was maura kept nervously looking behind her. The other two just seemed normal shoppers that weren't upset I ided them. At time, I wasn't much older than them. I'm 37 now.

This goes to the cold case unit, now.

It's time for her friends to come forward with the rest of the story.

20 comments:

  1. She must have been running from her dad and/or the cops.

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  2. Refresh my memory, wasn't she seen on video purchasing the alcohol alone? Or are you suggesting the other two women were with her just not on video or not in line with her?

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    1. If I recall she was seen alone on camera at a liquor store in Amherst. This is at a grocery store in Woodsville.

      I'm skeptical to a degree but it's definitely the most interesting thing to pop up in a long time, well done Renner.

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  3. If she was with two other women, this could break the case wide open. I hope this isn't some silly story someone created.

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  4. Wow....we've all been waiting for an update and if this is all correct then it was
    well worth the wait!!! My jaw is on the floor....

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  5. 10 1/2 yrs layer.....OK sure. We will see what comes of this.

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    1. At least he's trying.
      But, hey, sitting on your anonymous ass being a keyboard prick has its rewards I suppose. Maybe compensating for an irregularly small tallywacker?

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    2. Sorry dude but in a vacuum I would wonder just by your name if you were compensating for the same thing!

      If that's your actual name I apologize, I couldn't help it given the context... Either way Max I agree with you 100%. Renner is doing his thing and doing it well.

      Seemingly he's got much bigger enemies on this than some random contrarian wanker, but there are a whole lot of those goof balls in the woodwork and I for one appreciate those who can (at least seemingly) throw support to the general mission without locking in too hard on the results.

      It's wild to me that Renner even still posts on this blog because the ratio of potential "contributors" to his goal vs. random shit talkers these days seems like it's like 1:10. Most of everyone in between on here is just curious (for lack of a better term) about what's happening with the case, and even they often act like he "owes" them something or is just there for their entertainment. It's fucked up.

      Whatever, I have no stake in the case and I can't be of any particular help, but I'm appreciative of the blog as a generality and am fully capable of sifting through the information and drawing my own conclusions.

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    3. At any rate, here's my biggest question about the story:

      So, if you're a cashier, maybe you don't look at the specific names on IDs, but if you did the math well enough to recall shortly after the fact that they were all between 21-23 years old, could you confirm or deny at the same time that people within the group had out-of-state licenses?

      Maura for sure had a MA license. I don't know exactly who else you're implying was there, but I'd guess you're talking about Kate and (probably) Sara. I'd guess Kate had a license from either MA or NY (right?), Sara I dunno, but in a town like that you'd think something like that would be worth noting if the recollection was in fact within a few days of them coming through there.

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    4. Yeah Renner apparently answered my question in spades and lookin good on that front. Exciting news for sure.

      I'm curious though, are you calling into question my reading comprehension for a question I posed 20ish hours before the most recent update? If not, my bad. But if so, check yourself.

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    5. No, not at all. I just figured that perhaps you hadn't read the latest post and that by replying to you you would be notified of it.

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  6. I thought Kate and Sara drank wine and sky vodka the weekend before...

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  7. So all 3 girls bought alcohol, but Maura put hers in someone elses car? The alcohol/liquor found in Maura's car, with the receipt, was from the liquor store. Not this grocery store. And no McDonalds wrappers, bag or receipt found?

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  8. Wait wait waaaaait a minute here. If this is indeed true - then it is so exciting and a tremendous breakthrough in this case. But...

    http://business.highbeam.com/4524/article-1G1-108718701/shaw-buys-butson-cs

    http://www.nhbr.com/Archive-2003/Shaws-strategy-raises-competition-questions/

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Shaw%27s+Woodsville+Opens+Today%3B+Former+Butson%27s+Associates+Hired+by...-a0109228256

    These news archives all seem to suggest that Butson's in Woodsville became a Shaw's a few months before Maura's trip to the area in Februrary 2004... can anyone shed any light on this? Perhaps the cashier? :-/

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  9. I moved to Woodsville in January of 05'. There are still people that refer to Shaws as Butsons. It does not seem unreasonable to think that an employee of Butsons would continue to call it Butsons a few months after the conversion. Since it appears the story is true, I'm not sure why it matters.

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    1. Thanks for this, Bill! That does make sense. I can think of some cases like that locally as well (old business names still being used in conversation once a place is bought out) - incidentally, I think I've also replied to you on this same point on Websleuths, if you are indeed who I think you are on there as well.

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  11. At this point, if this is true, then won't the police HAVE to check out these stories? If they have video of Maura and the two other girls, then won't they have to work to verify who these girls are? When they have some leads as to who the girls are (most likely her two best friends), won't they have to force these girls to say what they know or else be charged with obstruction of justice?

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