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.

So...

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.

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  1. It's a good thought, although it seems unlikely to me because the Stowe and Salamone calls were both in Maura's call log, but there was nothing from that area (at least as far as I could tell).

    But to be fair, if a.) the arrangement was made prior to the time period captured by the call log, or b.) an "unknown" call from the log corresponded to such a place, and a confirmation or something came from that spot, then it could be. Nothing is out of the question, for sure.

    Unrelated, but the call I'd really like some clarity on was the one to Springfield, MA with the blanked-out name and unclear date on either 2/7 or 2/8.

    From the partial number it may have involved a law firm of some sort (like a divorce/family lawyer or something)... but whether or not that's what it was, just by location that is the one call from the log that, based on all known information, I can't make any sense of.

    If I missed something on this, I apologize.

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    1. One of Maura's best friends went to college in Springfield, MA. It could very well have been her.

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  2. Could it be that someone was heading north from the Boston area on interstate 93 (which passes through Londonderry) to meet Maura in the white mountains?

    If you look at a map 93N (from Boston) and 91N (from Amherst) make a sort of triangle as they stretch north, finally meeting in St. Johnsbury Vt.

    But, if you cut off the tip of that triangle, just a little further south.... you can take NH 112 from Woosdville to Lincoln to make the 91-to-93 connection (the road Maura was taking when she crashed).

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  4. I like your thinking, James. Maura was quite possibly searching for rental properties online (remember the print-outs?). Does anyone know which websites offered vacation properties in 2004, or which websites the print-outs came from? Some of the websites may still be available through the Internet Archive.

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  5. Spent an hour on homeaway plotting all the vacation rentals on 112 and near 112 east of the crash site (heading away from 91/amherst). Made list. Started to think about emaining/calling with "So I'm looking to track down rentals in the area that were active in the early 2000's... was yours?" Then thinking about the possible response of yes and "Are you in Londonderry" as my response. Realized I sounded insane. Stepped away from home away.

    Will likely find myself doing this anyway...

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    1. Keep at it! Just be honest about your interest when calling. People want to help.

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    3. Anyone ever look in to checking Hostel sign in logs in the area? A hostel would be a place that you could go without having to make a reservation. Being an avid hiker/outdoors person she would most likely know of hostels in that area... Maybe even in the Londonderry surrounding area as well. Just a thought.

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    5. I was thinking that too..about the records being held on to for that long. It's probably a long shot... I just know that's the first place I would go if I didn't want to be found as hostels are usually very non formal when it comes to reservations and either free or very cheap. Working on a very small amount of cash (only going by what was withdrawn from her bank account, not operating on the assumption that she took or was given the $4000 from her father) a hostel would be the wisest most cautious choice. And on doing a very small amount of research it looks like there may even be some around the Londonderry area.

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  7. What was the average going rate per week for a rental?how long could she have rented with £4000?

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  9. Rt 112 in Lincoln is Condo City, Good luck on that one .

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  10. There were rumors floating around on Topix that Maura had a boyfriend from Wilmington mass. Wilmington is out of the 20 mile range of Londondery but rt 93 goes right through it.

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  12. Perhaps the $4000 American was converted to Canadian. Not sure how many Canadian pesos that would net her, but I wonder if places that exchange currency would keep a Currency Transaction Report for amount of $4000? She could have done this on either side of the border.

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  15. I think the Londonberry Ping is the key to solving this case. I truly believe that if you find the identity of the caller from that day, you find Maura. I love this angle, James. My only question is, if this was a person from a rental property, wouldn't there be a record of Maura staying somewhere in the area? Or did she use an alias? I truly believe there was a tandem driver that night. However, after studying this case through your work, I believe the Londonberry Ping came from the tandem driver; the person that Maura was meeting in rural New Hampshire on the night she vanished

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  20. Is there anyway we can find out if Maura's dad gave her the $4000, any ideas anyone? This could solve it, in all seriousness.

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    1. Yah ask her dad what he did with it. Good luck with that.

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  23. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Adnan Syed case featured on the Serial podcast last year, but Syed was convicted in 2000 of the murder of his ex-girlfriend based in large part on cell phone tower pings that the prosecution presented as evidence of his location at various times on the day of the murder in 1999. Since then the reliability of cell tower pings to pinpoint location of a cell phone has been seriously undermined. Some states have ruled this information inadmissable as evidence of location, as many factors can affect and change which cell phone tower location is pinged by a call. You might want to check out the extensive and impressive research on cell tower location and pings done by the attorneys at Undisclosed podcast, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller. They each have their own blogs where they have posted pages and pages of research and documentation on the subject of what can and what cannot be determined from cell tower pings, and why.

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  24. I realize this is old, but Manchester, NH and Londonderry, NH border one another. Could a call made from around the airport possibly ping off a Londonderry tower?

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  25. I'm upset knowing there are facts out there that aren't being disclosed by the police and/or family. How can a case be solved if they sit on these important clues? Cell phone pings, missing money, if there was missing money, ATM footage, liquor store footage, where did the tailpipe rag come from...the trunk?,changes in witness testimony, etc. How can anything be solved if the evidence is kept under wraps? I hope someone very close to the case sits down with those involved and creates a proper timeline.

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