The sighting of Maura Murray (with friends) by the cashier at Butson's is a wild new development, but consider what it says about the way Fred Murray (and the people who run Maura's official websites) conducts the search for his daughter.
This was info Fred had early on. He tried to get the video from the supermarket himself. And this sighting was never shared publicly.
This was info Helena Dwyer-Murray had for a long time. And she never shared it on the Facebook page or official website.
Instead of asking for more people to come forward, they have tried to discredit this cashier by saying the sighting occurred the day after Maura disappeared. This is not true.
The father of a missing woman kept this important tip, which may (at the very least), provide new leads in the cold case, from the public.
And they continue to keep secret the "real story" Maura's friend Sara Alfieri told them about Maura's last weekend.
There is some ulterior motive here.
*** UPDATED ***
Helena has just admitted the sighting occurred the day Maura disappeared:
"I stand corrected. Back in February, I received a message from someone telling me about the other two women in the store and it mentioned (though I somehow missed it) that it had happened on Feb 9. The only reason I can think that I totally forgot and misread this email is that I was in the middle of some rather extreme family issues.
There were two points in the descriptions of the other two that would make me dismiss either Kate or Sara or for that matter Maura's sisters. Based on my answer to that message, I also believe that I thought both Fred and the police had looked into it."
But she's lying again about the descriptions. We call this a "misinformation campaign" in the newsroom, folks.
Also, should this info be important to the conclusion of any criminal case, what the family has done here is considered "withholding," a felony in most states.