Still thinking about the $4,000 in cash Fred Murray brought with him to UMass Amherst the weekend before Maura went missing. He said it was to go toward a new car but there are several problems with this explanation. 1. Nobody else remembers them saying they were looking for a car. 2. Why not write a check? Perhaps the real explanation has been staring us in the face for 11 years. Was it a tuition payment?
Back in 2004, tuition at UMass Amhert (with room and board) was just shy of $14,000. Students could pay in installments and it was much easier for the student to pay, rather than the parent.
If Fred gave Maura the $4,000 to deliver to UMass Bursars on Monday, but she ran off with it instead, it would go a long way to explain why Fred was reluctant to talk about the events leading up to her disappearance, and he would have to come up with a story for the cash that didn't put it in her hands. Why get her in trouble for theft when she was still missing?