Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Best New Sightings

In the last few weeks, I've received two very intriguing new sightings, one of which I kept quiet about for a bit so that the cold case unit could pull some video. But enough time has passed that I can share.

The first sighting occurred in March, 2004, just a few weeks after Maura disappeared. The tip comes from someone who was just a kid ten years ago. He remembers being home with his Aunt when a woman showed up at the house, frightened out of her mind, and pleaded to come in for a little bit. She said she was running from some men. The aunt let her in and she stayed for a while that day. Ten years later, this person was watching a collection of unsolved mysteries videos on YouTube and saw Maura Murray's picture. He believes the woman who came to the house that day was Maura.

This happened in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, near Back Lake, which is coincidentally on the border of Canada, very near Sherbrooke, where Maura has been sighted in the past.

The second sighting occurred just a couple weeks ago, in Tallahassee, Florida. A couple was vacationing there and stopped at a gas station. The woman noticed a vehicle there with temporary plates from Quebec. Her husband saw a woman who looked like Maura inside. The police were interested in getting the video right away.


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  1. Wow!! Would be interested if this young man gave any detail that he or his aunt asked about why Maura was scared, where was she from, how did it come to play that someone was chasing her, where was she going and when she left did she have a car or walk. Did his aunt offer more help? Did she call the police at that time. Understandably, you made not be able to comment. Also, interesting that this memory
    stayed with him. Did he just come forward?

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  2. James, do you believe that Maura was ever in Sherbrooke?

    John Avellar

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  3. Also, I've been thinking about what the boy said about the actions and appearance of the woman believed to be Maura. Could the two men she was running from be her father and Billy? The fact that she didn't call the police is telling. You would think if it was an ominous situation, she would have called the police or family. I also doubt that she'd bring danger to complete strangers. She could have been hysterical because of the breakdown she had that led her to leave Massachusetts, and now she's left everything behind. Just a thought. I believe that was her, and she was not being chased.

    Last thing. Something has been bothering me about Fred's appearance on Disappeared (well, he bothers me). He gave many interviews as we all know. This one was in the days after Maura vanished, during one of the searches. This is what he said: "Just call anyone one of us and we'll come right down and get you; don't be afraid, please. Please kid, we can just bang away at this stuff the same as we do all the time, until we fix it." That is very intriguing. He makes it seems like she had been afraid before. And fix what? What stuff needs to be banged away at? This just makes me believe 100% that she ran to get away from her father, and that Fred more than likely knows why she left Massachusetts.

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  4. We're you able to speak with the aunt, to see what she remembers? Did this person remember anything specific about this woman? Like a book bag, what she was wearing, or a name?
    Was the police able to get the video and if so was it Maura?
    Hopefully one of these sightings will lead to a new break in the case.

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  5. I just read about this case for the first time a few days ago. It's so intriguing I haven't been able to stop reading about it! So many interesting new twists and clues, as well!

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  7. If the woman in Florida was Maura then she would have had to have a passport to get in from Canada. Is it even possible to change your identity to the point where you can get a passport? I think it would be almost impossible to do.

    Lets say that Maura has a passport under a married name then that would make the most sense and it might even give strength to the tandem driver theory.

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    1. Remember, only recently have they changed the laws where you need a passport to get into Canada. In 2004 you did not need a passport, only an ID.

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  8. No it's not impossible to re-invent yourself. You find a name you like and go with it. I knew someone who changed there identity, and they used this name for years. They had car loans, credit cards, house bills, and they even went to jail under this name. It's not as hard as people think.
    I don't see why people believe it's to hard to change your identity. Maura was using stolen credit cards, so if she ran away why not use a different identity. She can't use her name if she's running and hiding from somebody or something.
    When maura got caught using the credit card she handed the officer a piece of paper that she had the number on. On that piece of paper was other numbers, in which the police asked her what it was and she said friends phone numbers. Has these numbers been looked into further? We're these numbers called to see if they really are phone numbers? Could one of the numbers be someone she was talking to? Could one of the numbers be a social security number that she was thinking about using for a new identity? If these were friends phone numbers, which friend(s) did the numbers belong to?
    She should of had her friends number stored in her phone, maybe even knew there numbers by heart, not on a paper with stolen credit card info. Unless it was a number she didn't want anyone else to see, so it was mixed in with the credit card number.
    Or they were other credit card numbers she had obtained. Maybe even used them or was planning on using them.

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  9. I think Maura got caught up in a bad situation that night ... but I also believe she's still alive. My theory goes like this (and please understand, I'm not vilifying anyone, let alone Maura):

    Maura was under a lot of stress - both from her family and her studies. I also believe, based on what's been uncovered, that some of her family were involved in questionable activities that put those persons in danger. And, like many emotionally-disturbed people, she had trouble loving herself. She was bulimic; drank heavily; stole credit-card numbers for food; stole small items from a military commissary (and who knows what or how many times she stole things before that).

    Plus, the men in her life at the time weren't that great, either. The man she was planning to become engaged to had cheated on her; her track coach couldn't commit himself (he was married); her father bullied her.

    Deep down, I believe Maura realized this wasn't how she wanted to live her life. But she didn't know who to turn to or what to do. People in her emotional state (and I knew some) don't think rationally about many things. Many are just trying to make it from one hour to the next.

    Maura most likely met a man (where or how I don't know), who promised to take her away from all her stresses. She made plans to run off with him and start a new life. Maura met her friends in Woodville, and got some alcohol from that store to celebrate her good fortune and better times.

    The man was likely going to meet up with Maura and her friends, but the accident in Haverhill changed all that. She met up with him near the accident scene instead, and they drove away together.

    Not long after, she found out this man was NOT her "knight in shining armor." He may have been involved in drug- or gun-running; or just a s**t in general. She manages to get away from him, and takes refuge in a home or cottage in Pittsburg, New Hampshire (which is about two hours from Haverhill). From there, she makes her way into Canada and finds a genuinely good guy, whom she marries.

    There are very few border-crossing stations between New Hampshire and Canada, and Maura had survival-skills training (from her time at West Point). She felt her bridge with her dad was burned (I believe she still had that $4,000 Fred claimed was for a car purchase); she couldn't face her friends and family after running off; and she didn't want to be living her U.S. life anymore. She could have slipped across the border, staying hidden, and made her way to a city in Quebec.

    As far as the Florida sighting (and for the purposes of this theory I'm assuming it was her), I agree Maura could have obtained a Canadian passport under a married name. If she'd been in Canada at least four years before applying for citizenship -- and a Canadian spouse sponsored her for that -- it's very likely she would be a Canadian citizen by now.

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    1. I don't think her Dad is or was a bully. He looked out for her & helped her when needed like all Dad's. She didn't have anything like $4,000 in cash. She had a few $100. A credit card theft & other very slight offenses do not seem like cause to bolt. Maybe she stressed more then others but she was a typical young lady in college. I think something bad happened to her & That sucks:/

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  10. To be honest, I personally don't believe in those sightings nor do I believe she is still alive. Why would someone run away from her family, her studies, her friends and never return?? It's been 11 years, there is no way she is still alive, unfortunately. If someone saw her with someone prior to the disappearance, that person needs to come forward. If nobody saw her with someone then that becomes complicated. The fact that she disappeared in winter doesn't help, snow can erase proofs of foul play.

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    1. Honestly, there are so many things that can happen that I could see just wanting to wipe the slate clean and start over. It sounds like there were some issues in her family life. Then the multiple theft issues. Add on top of that struggling with bulimia. Then, just to make it that much harder, the drinking, car accidents, and possible pregnancy. I think if you've not had to deal with really horrible family issues it's something that would be a bit more difficult to wrap your head around, I'm lucky in that I honestly can tell my parents most anything (when I was around Maura's age when she disappeared I honestly had some issues similar to hers, but I talked it out with my parents, withdrew from school for a while, and moved on) whereas my husband couldn't do any of that. More than once people said it was nice his family was so close, but there's a big difference between actually being close and just keeping up appearances. As it is, he hasn't talked to his family really in a few years, although we still live within a couple hours of most of them.
      Family is hard. There are family members who are involved and supportive and great, but then there are those who have a need to know what you're doing, even though you're becoming an adult, and can be far less than supportive of your mistakes, especially behind closed doors. That second group, sometimes they won't take you not answering their calls as you're busy or you don't want to talk right now, they take it as they're going to drive an hour to your house and ask you why you didn't answer when they called. I don't know for sure if that's at all what her issue was, but being someone who's seen it first hand, and dealt with the emotional fallout from the child whose parent won't give them enough breathing room, running from ones family can make dropping your studies and your friends seem like nothing, as long as you can finally be yourself. I hope Maura did run, and I hope she did get to figure out who she was.

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  11. I saw a documentary on one of those documentary channels about a North Carolina woman named Michelle Williams. She had some minor brushes with the law in NC and was known to drink and party, but had no serious crimes. She also had an apparently toxic relationship with her mother. After an argument with her mother, she disappeared. The local police at one point believed she had 6 ybeen killed by a local serial killer, and her family (who by all indications in the documentary did not make much effort to find her) even held a memorial service. Fast forward six years - a local police officer did not believe she was really dead and continued to search for clues. One day he does a Google search, and a 'personal website' featuring Michelle came up. He thought that the photo was in fact her. She had relocated to the west coast and was living/working under her real name as a nanny on a ranch. Local law enforcement found her and confirmed that it was her (she was not a fugitive and it was up to her whether she wanted to contact her family again). At the end of the documentary, she was having an awkward reunion with her mother. If her family had hired a private investigator to run a skip trace, they probably would have found her easily - unless she was working off the grid. Not exactly similar to Maura's case but shows that a person really can just move elsewhere and start over, even without any James Bond work to create a new identification.

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  12. I often wonder if Maura is still with us. That would be the best case scenario of course. I just don't understand why she would not have made contact with at least one person, knowing that this case was never "forgotten ". Either way I feel there was foul play the evening she went missing. She may have escaped her kidnapper(s) and went on to live a life elsewhere.....I hope

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  13. I recently read online that Fred put the $4000 into an account which MM had access to. But the money has no never been touched, MM did not withdraw it. I just finished reading James Renner's book. The extensive research he did has opened up a new avenue for thought. It is very likely she had a tandem driver on that last drive, before her crash . It does seem like the only real possibility- as there is no evidence she went into the woods- but after the crash, got into the car of whoever was her tandem driver. Maybe in was her friend Kate. The woman who will not talk to anyone about Maura. Or maybe it was a guy Maura was going away with. Renner's book has opened my mind to the theory that it IS likely Maura was trying to runaway and disappear. I urge everyone to read this book by Renner. It DOES seem that Maura 's closest friends and her family likely know where she is, and what happened.

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  14. I find it all hard to believe. Unless she hitched a ride, she wouldn't have made it to Pittsburg from the sight of the crash. It's a two and a half hour DRIVE. Extremely rural, lots of wildlife, she would have had to hitch a ride, break into a vacant cabin for food/shelter. Theres just no way she would have made it up to Pittsburg without more witness'. And how would she have crossed the Canadian border? Obviously, the border it not as secure as Mexico, but it is patrolled, and if she were to have crossed in the winter it would have been obvious to the border agents (there is a border swath) that someone would have crossed. Then for her to make it back into the US with a presumed fake passport? I don't think so.

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