Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Maura at West Point

This week's podcast will feature another interview with Clint Harting, who recently found a cache of photographs from Maura's years at West Point.

You can view the photos here. Let me know if you find Maura in any of them. I haven't been able to spot her, yet.

If anything, these photos remind me that Maura was trained in survival skills by the US military.

The True Face of Maura Murray

One of our readers, a talented artist named Suzanne, took it upon herself to interpret Maura Murray's mugshot and make it less "creepy."

Her original watercolor painting is a reflection of the "true" Maura we've seldom seen, a woman capable of things we can only imagine.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Police Do Not Know Where Maura Is

There's been a lot of speculation in comments and other messageboards lately about whether the police might know Maura's whereabouts but are keeping it quite because she's an adult and has asked them to give her anonymity.

Once more, for the record, the police do not know where Maura is, or even if she is still alive.

I have spoken to the people who currently work the case and they have made it clear that if she comes forward, they would let the public know she is safe without revealing her location.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why Has Maura Murray Never Been Declared Dead?

After a person has been missing for seven years, they can be declared legally dead most states. Sometimes this can happen a lot sooner, if it's reasonable to assume they were involved in a violent crime. Maura Murray has been missing for eleven years, now. Her father, Fred, has said several times he believes she was taken by a "dirtbag."

One reason to declare someone dead is so that you can sue public entities in private court -- Fred has wanted to hold the State of New Hampshire accountable (negligent) in their search for his daughter. This would have been a good opportunity for him to force some answers. But it didn't happen.

The most common reason someone is declared dead when they are missing and no body has been found is so that their property can be divided amongst survivors in probate court. Maura likely didn't have more than a couple hundred dollars to her name -- though it is possible that Fred or another relative set up a trust for education or life insurance or something. So, dividing assets was really never an issue.

Except it kind of is.

When Maura's mother, Laurie, died (on Maura's birthday) in 2009, Laurie's estate wound up in probate court with Fred as the executor and Julie as an agent. At this point, it would have been in everyone's best interest to have Maura legally declared dead. And yet it doesn't appear that this has happened.


One reason might be so that Maura can continue to work.

If someone is declared dead, the Division of Medical Assistance and the Department of Revenue (for Mass, here) would be notified. The IRS could be notified, too. That means if Maura is alive and working, she could not file taxes or sign up for welfare or social security. All this becomes very problematic.

When a person is declared dead, family members and friends must be interviewed and provide affidavits under record about why they believe this person is deceased.

In any event, the court was required to do their due diligence to figure out if Maura was still missing when Laurie passed away. It's unclear if that took place.

(Special thanks to Boston probate attorney John Dugan)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Could the Londonderry Ping Have Come From a Rental Agent?

I'm still thinking about this "ping" thing. On the day she disappeared, it appears that someone called Maura Murray's phone from the area of Londonderry, NH.

I wonder if it's possible the person who made this call was the person who rented a property to Maura that night. If you recall, Maura was trying to track down a rental property in the White Mountains for that night -- she had called the Salamons trying to rent their two-bedroom condo but they could not arrange it for her at that time.

Maybe she (or the tandem driver) was able to leave a message with a renter and the ping was them calling her back. That person was not close to the White Mountains but may have had a listed number for the property Maura wanted. They could have called Maura and told her where to pick up the keys.


I wonder if there is still record of rental places along Rt. 112 in which the listed contact lived in Londonderry.

First one to track it down gets 100 master class points.