Sunday, November 1, 2015

What They Found in Maura's Car **UPDATED**

As many have suspected, one reason for the silence lately is that the podcast guys and I have received some new info about Maura's disappearance that will take some time to process and to properly vet. I do not know when or if that info will be released. The police are aware of the information.

However, we also received some documents this week from an anonymous source. One of those documents were police reports related to items that police removed from Maura's car after the accident in Haverhill and then returned to Kathleen Murray which they initially handed over to the family but then asked for them to be returned so that the items could be entered as evidence, in June of 2004.

Here is that list. What do you make of it?

- "Tundra" garment bag, color green
- "Tic Tac" container (opened)
- ESPN Zone card
- MCI Prepaid Phone Cards
- TTI National, Inc. Calling Card
- Samsung Travel Adapter
- Paperwork
- pr. Puma sweatpants, color black and white
- Express polo, long sleeve polo shirt, size medium
- sports bra, color black
- Old Navy V-neck sweater, black
- pr Abercrombie & Fitch pants, size 4, white with black belt
- Old Navy sweatshirt, zip up with hood, size medium
- pr. Basics sneakers, color white
- pink sock with cow design on it
- papermate pen
- Perfect Blend make-up pencil
- Big Y tokens
- Bra, color pale blue, size 34A
- $.75 coins
- "Army Track" duffle bag, color black with gold colored straps
- Health professional drug guide
- Mead spiral notebook, green
- UMass Complete Health History questionnaire
- Vermont attracts map
- Mosbys Phramocology in Nursing Book
- can Alumaseal
- can Fix a Flat
- can STP Power steering fluid
- can Carpet and Stain remover
- Big Y plastic shopping bag
- multicolored glove
- black gloves
- jar Vlasic baby kosher dill pickles (opened)
- bottle of Diet Cherry Coke (opened)
- package of Twizzlers (opened)
- Sears plastic bag
- 2057 light bulb
- 2057A Amber light bulbs
- container Turtle Wax rubbing compound
- Craftsman starbit screwdriver
- Eastern Mass Road Map
- Not Without Peril book
- CD case with 34 Cds
- CD holders
- Portable JVC CD player
- AC Cell phone power adapters
- Radiator funnel, yellow
- Shaws plastic bag
- cosmetic pound with make-up
- tube Shear VO5 hairdressing
- bottle Top Care aspirin
- pack of Triphasil Birth Control (4 pills missing)
- toothbrush, white & magenta
- bottle "Got to be Good" shampoo
- bottle of "Bon Bons" fingernail polish
- pks Simply Sleep sleeping pills
- bottle Aveo juice skin quencher
- container of Speed Stick deodorant
- ProActive Solution cleanser
- bottle of Victoria Secret body lotion
- tube Colgate
- bottle Cucumber Melon Fantasy Body Spray
- Gillette razor
- empty box of Simply Sleep
- bottle of Cairol Herbal Essence shampoo
- bottle Head & Shoulder shampoo
- package Crest white strips
- travel toothbruth
- Skyvalley4you.com pen
- make-up mirror
- tampon
- multi-purpose funnel
- Led Zeppelin cassette tape
- photograph of Kurtis Murray
- U2 cassette tape
- USMA patch
- "Fleet" Fast Lane toll pass
- Magnetic can opener
- Vaco flat head screwdriver
- Red handled phillips screwdriver
- tire gauge
- pk. Extra chewing gum
- automobile cigarette lighter
- pens
- pencil
- 3X5 card with directions
- empty cellophane pouch
- UMass Student Telephone Directory
- paperwork

** UPDATE ON ODD DETAILS**
1. Note the cellophane pouch. Cigarettes?
2. That's a lot of shampoo for one person.
3. Head & Shoulders? I know a lot of men who use that. Not many women.


162 comments:

  1. yeah, that's a lot of stuff even by college student standards. As I've mentioned probably a dozen times on this blog, maura and I were the same age, and transferred colleges around the same time, so I'm going by the standards of the hoard I kept in my car during that same time period. She at least had a dorm I was kind of living out of my car so from my perspective, she was packed for something. I would say either she did run into the woods, which there is no evidence of, or whoever she was fleeing caught up with her. Why leave all that stuff behind if the tandem driver was picking her up? Either that, or she was going back and forth making a long trip all the time she she just stayed semi packed in her car. Also, seems like she took alot of sleeping pills in general, to have an empty bottle and a full bottle. Very interesting list of things. Mind you, I had a buick, so her saturn must have just looked packed as hell. It would be interesting to know the conditions these items were found in. Were they packed or just strewn all over? Missing pieces but definitely some new insights.

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    1. I am a hoarder of sorts and carry lots of random shit in my car. I've never had one shampoo bottle even for me.
      But even if that isn't weird of her, (this was a trip), different kinds?

      I don't really know anyone who'd have different kinds at the same time?

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    2. I alternate between 3-4 shampoos. I have a moisturizing one, a clarofying one, a gentle one, and a medicated one. They all have diffrent purposes. Head and shoulders can wreak havoc on your hair, so I wouldn't use it every day; then I would have the replenish moisturize to my hair. Then my hair would become flat or have a lot of build up, so I would use the clarifying one. Get it? Not saying this is why she had so many shampoo bottles, but it is a possibility.

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  2. I don't see any alcohol on this list.

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    1. Yes, another interesting thing. Where did the Alcohol disappear to...?

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    2. Why would she buy it and not take it?

      Was it noted what all was loose in the car and what was in a bag?

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  3. There's nothing in there that says "Starting a new life". It says to me that she's going away for a couple of days. Only two things pique my interest.

    The sleeping pills. It's obvious she used them a lot and possibly abused them. And I'd love to know where the directions lead to on the 3X5 card.

    I know some people are going to jump to the conclusion that she had to have been going to meet someone because of the beauty products, but there's nothing on that list that would be out of the ordinary in everyday life for a young woman. Lotions and make up are not "special occasion" items.

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    1. Well, the only point I would make that if James's theory is correct, and there is a second car, then the "starting a new life stuff" would have probably been taken. The not so important stuff left behind. Just a random thought....curious about the alcohol...I have always thought that there was a pregnancy...a post later on that James also mentions. I thought this because of her choice of Vermont. Is there a benefit of going to Vermont, assuming she did not plan to outright disappear, if one was pregnant?

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  4. In the picture with Kathleen surrounded by Maura's things in the background is a suitcase with a 2 liter Diet Cherry Coke Bottle. Is this part of Maura's things or is this Kathleen's suitcase? According to Sharon Raush Maura was a Mountain Dew Drinker.

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    1. This was all Maura's belongings in the car which was given to them on the Thursday following the accident. They were then taken back by NHSP in June of 2004. They re-entered these tainted items back into evidence, no real value for any conviction but maybe just to look for a possible clue.

      Also would like to know where the Saturn was taken recently. It is no longer at NHSP Troop F in Twin Mtn. NH. Did they take it to Concord NH and the NH CCU..?

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    2. So the car has been moved? Hasn't the car been outside, uncovered for years? Why move it now? Are they trying to find evidence of something?

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    3. Ms. Underwood, where did you get the information that the Saturn has been moved from NHSP Troop F barracks?

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    4. I recall somewhere that that coke bottle smelt strongly of alcohol.

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  5. Was the area around UMASS ever searched?

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  6. Nothing really stands out to me as it just seems Maura was one of those people that left/stored things in her car plus what she had for her trip. All though the AlumAseal, Fix-a-Flat and power steering fluid all in her car illuminates the possible car issues she was having at the time of her trip to New Hampshire.

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    1. I don't know... I keep brake fluid, motor oil, and a fix-a-flat in my truck. It's not due to an acute issue, but a just-in-case. If I were taking a longer trip through mostly rural areas, I'd be sure to have things like that on hand in case a problem crops up, even today with the proliferation of mobile phones.

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    2. Those items were likely a part of a roadside kit that Maura had in the car for emergencies. Every car should have such a kit.

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  7. Directions to where? Maura's handwriting? Someone was in that car with her, I think. She was "road tripping" with someone.

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    1. I feel You are correct in this assumption.

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    2. I think someone besides just Maura was in that car too.
      I think Butsons had turned into Shaws shortly before Maura disappeared.
      The cashier said she believed she saw Maura with two friends an hour before the wreck, in which she told a member of the Murray family this and Fred went and tried to get footage.
      Shaws shopping bag???
      The cashier said they bought cigarettes.
      Cellophane wrapper found. Possibly from a cigarette pack.
      Supposedly Maura's back window was cracked down a bit.
      Supposedly there was a burn mark on the floorboard.
      Faith Westman originally stated theres a man in the passenger seat smoking a cigarette.

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    3. Would explain why the ATM footage hasn't been released? Or liquor store.

      She wasn't alone.

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    4. Exactly what I have thought. The video isn't from the ATM in Amherst, but from the Butson sighting. When do the police not release the last true known sighting.
      Either that or they have no video.

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  8. Hopefully no one ever has to itemize things in my car..ever..there will be pages and pages of random things. Lol! All this stuff seems typical to me..shaws.. hmm wonder which one..

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    1. There were not any Shaw's Markets in northern NH at the time. Best guess would be in Mass. or possibly southern VT.

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    2. IKR? God, the list would be loooooong. I just bought a new car and not only do you discover how much is really in your car when you have to empty it, the new one had more in it than this list in the first day lol.

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    3. Exactly. The context makes the list intriguing but my car has some pretty ramdom stuff in it. It's just not interesting since I am not missing.

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  9. Wow.....That is a bit of stuff but the one I want to know about the most is the 3 x 5 card with the directions. #2 is the cello pouch, could that have been from a pack of cigarettes..? #3 is the Black gloves which I believe were leather. Maura did not like to wear leather gloves.

    Could the gloves have belonged to the POSSIBLE PASSENGER. Faith Westman first stated a MAN in the PASSENGER SEAT smoking a CIGARETTE, which she later denies. Could something or someone have spooked the Westman's into changing their stories.

    Also Mr. Westman is adamant that the Saturn hit the tree although he never actually saw the accident happen, here merely heard the acceleration and a crash. He also states how the car spun out but he cannot be certain of this, not at all.

    Especially seeing the Saturn never hit a tree, not there or anywhere. Accident re-constructionist have proved this. it is no longer a pertinent question in this investigation. The BIG QUESTION is........WHAT DID THE SATURN HIT...?

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    1. Very odd Mr. Westman knows she accelerated, hit a tree, was drunk , knows several cars passed by but can't recall anything about these vehicles.

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    2. The cigarette issue is a non-starter. Westman likely would not have been able to see with enough clarity at that time of day to make such a claim as a man smoking. The Saturn most likely hit the snow bank at the apex of the curve. The damage is consistent with this idea.

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  10. A) Like others have said, it seems she packed for a few days. The shampoo bottles, maybe she liked to use many different ones and they all were more or less used.

    B) I think "MCI Prepaid Phone Cards" is for long distance calling. Plus the TTI National Calling Card, plus several phone chargers/adapters. Looks like she had every intent to continue her long and frequent phone discussions with Billy as her last emails stated and with other people.

    C) So all the screwdrivers, lightbulbs and other mechanic stuff was from her car emergency kit?

    D) She left a garment bag and a duffle bag. Were most of her stuff packed in these? Maura presumably took with her a black backback with the alcohol (?), plus mobile phone, car keys and wallet. If she had her stuff packed in two bags it would have been easy and fast to carry and transfer them to another car. She had the time to lock the car after all. To me it seems like her main "plan" was to avoid a DUI and return to the car later.

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  11. Supposedly Tim & Faith Westman never left their house that night so there is no way Tim can be certain of what really occurred. Mr. Westman also stated in the interview last weekend while they were shooting the podcast that Maura was DRUNK. Another one of speculation unless He actually spoke with Maura that evening.

    Mr Westman also stated "This case will never be solved and Her body will never be found". A very strange statement that sent chills down My spine and the hair on My neck stand tall.

    Thinking the locals know a bit more than they have stated before and the changing of statements is very telling in My opinion.

    Maybe just a bunch of locals being tight lipped and somewhat cynical.

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    1. I'll have to re listen because I didn't hear that part. If that is what he said, very Intetesting statement made by him.
      If he only heard the car accelerate And heard the crash, how does he know 100% it hit a tree?
      Who was it that said that it looked like the car had backed up to the ditch?
      Did the police see if the car was still driveable?
      How does he know she was Drunk?
      Maura's story makes no sense from all angles. Family/ friends/ witnesses either don't speak or contradict themselves.
      Wonder if Maura knew someone in that area?
      Why would he say it'll Never be solved and body never found?
      How would he know her body will Never be found? Is it because there is no body because she's alive, is it someone his her body really well. How would he no it won't be found? Does he know where her body is?

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  12. The cellophane could have been from many different types of products. Even if it was from a pack of cigs, it could have been in Maura's car for weeks or months, depending on how often she cleaned out her car.

    Regarding the comment that it's too much shampoo for a short trip... I disagree. I love shampoos and bathing products in general, and travel with more than one kind so that I can use whatever strikes my fancy. A lot of young women have tons of different kinds of beauty products on hand wherever they go.

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    1. Agreed on the shampoo. Also the cellophane could have been the wrapper for a cell phone charger. I just don't see Maura or friends if hers in her presence smoking or possessing cigarettes. I think too many are jumping to a conclusion based on a bad (and later redacted) eyewitness statement.

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  13. I thought they found alcohol in her car?? No?? Just the receipts??

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  14. Very few women would use "Head and Shoulders." That's a dandriff shampoo mostly used by men. Plus she's 21. I doubt she had dandriff.

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    1. huh? I've had dandruff since adolescence. Dandruff has nothing to do with age. And lots of women, myself included, use head and shoulders. Actually, that's probably why she has two types of shampoo--H&S just to cleanse the scalp, and the other brand for the hair.

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    2. Head and Shoulders is a good cleaning shampoo to really strip and remove built up oil or other hair products that mild women's shampoos cannot.

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    3. I am a young female and I use Head and Shoulders. If you have a dandruff it's one of the better treatments out there. (and I've had dandruff problems since I was a teen) I don't think it's weird at all.

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    4. Here's an interesting tidbit: Head and Shoulder's is the WORLD'S best selling shampoo. So it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for her to have it...at all. In fact, after spending the past few minutes looking at the marketing and stats behind H&S, women are the top buyers and users. Over the past several years they have completely changed their ad campaign to try to reach out to the male consumer and increase slouching sales within that sex, as sales to female consumers were so solid. The fact people keep commenting that they think it's more of a men's shampoo shows how well the campaign is working! Women are the top buyers, and always have been with this brand.

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  15. I have to disagree about the Head and Shoulders. I am female and have used it for years. I also remember when I was in my 20's I would use Head and Shoulders for dandruff and then use Herbal Essences or another "girly" shampoo like Pantene to cover up the dandruff shampoo scent. She had Proactiv for acne in her beauty products. People who have acne often also suffer from dandruff. I thought it was a lot of shampoo bottles at first too, but I remembered when I was younger I used to use a variety of shampoos and scented products.

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    1. I did the same thing in my twenties. And yes, scented products were HUGE at that time for women Maura's age. My collection was ASTOUNDING.

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  16. Why was the UMass Student Telephone Directory in her car? Why wouldn't that have been left in her dorm room?

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    1. Not really weird to me. When we got those in college they were handed out at the student union so I can imagine her picking one up and just never taking it into her dorm.

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  17. The " Shaws" plastic bag. Wasn't it said that Butsons had turned into " Shaws" grocery store? The sighting an hour before her crash, the cashier from Butsons/ Shaws said she believed she seen Maura with 2 friends. What a quincendance a plastic shopping bag from Shaws and the cellophane pouch. Remember the cashier said the three girls had bought cigarettes. The cellophane pouch came from a cigarette pack. If Fred took this sighting very seriously then We the Public should.
    There is quite a bit of car stuff in her car.
    Alumaseal, Fix a Flat, STP power steering fluid, Carpet and Stain remover, 2057 light bulb, 2057a light bulb, turtle wax. Screwdriver, radiator funnel, multi purpose funnel, vaco screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver This is a lot to be in your car. Was someone working on Maura's car or was someone trying to cover something up? I'm 2 years younger than Maura and I had an S-10 Chevy that had issues all the time and had to be worked on a lot. I didn't ever have tools in my truck unless we had been working on it.
    The " Fleet" lane toll pass, Would Maura of needed that?
    Doesn't look like she had a weeks worth if clothing. She had 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of sweatpants, long sleeve shirt, old navy sweatshirt, sports bra , another bra, and a pair socks. Looks like she had an overnight bag/ workout bag.
    Was she going back and forth meeting up with somebody?
    Was there only one multi colored glove? You would think if your going to be running from the crash in the cold , you might want your gloves on.
    3 different kinds of Shampoo. That's quite a bit for one person. Was there any conditioner found? Supposedly Maura was seen at But sons with 2 other females. That would make 3 people.
    Diet Cherry Coke- Maura was a Mountain Dew drinker according to Sharon Raush.
    Vermont attracts map / Vermont directions- wonder if Maura met someone from Vermont.
    When did Kathleen live in Vermont?
    Pickles- is it known if Maura liked pickles? Sometimes pregnant women crave pickles. Not saying she was but thought that is interesting.
    Maura had a UMASS health questionare in her car, was this for the Feb 2004 semester? If so why would it be in her car if she hadn't drove the car in two weeks. They hadn't been in classes for very long.
    What was the paperwork she had?
    What exactly was on the 3x5 card?

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    1. I know I carry alot of fix seal stuff for my car as well as fix a flat, because in the past I was stranded, I wished not to be stranded again. Her directory might indicate who she called, some people doodle around the number they are calling.

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    2. You have no evidence to declare that the cellophane pouch was from a pack of cigarettes.

      The automotive items and fluids are not uncommon to have in a vehicle kit. You even stated yourself that your vehicle had issues, but you kept no tools. That is what makes no sense. All vehicles should have a kit of some sort to make simple repairs. That's common sense.

      The toll tag was something that Maura would have always had in the car so to move throughout NE easily. Many roads have a toll especially near cities.

      Maura had enough clothes for a couple of days and her destination likely had laundry facilities. This is consistent with initial claims that she was simply relaxing for a couple of days.

      Three different shampoos is not strange. My wife has many more than that. There was VO5 hairdressing found which would negate the need for conditioner.

      I'm sure Maura drank sodas of differing type than Mountain Few exclusively. The fact that it is diet is consistent with someone that is weight conscious.

      Maura was to be in the Vermont area, so it would make sense for her to look for attractions.

      Lots of people eat pickles. They are a healthy snack while providing lots of flavor. Very little should be read into this.

      The paperwork Maura left was in part the RMV accident forms she was to fill out regarding the Hadley crash of the Corolla 48 hours prior with the assistance of FM over the phone.

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    3. My bad meant to put a ? After the cellophane came from a cigarette? I wasnt stating it as a fact I was stating there's a good chance it did come from a cigarette pack.
      In my opinion some of the automobile items are both common and uncommon.
      I didn't need tools because 1. Couldn't fix it myself 2. Was problems with truck cranking. I needed jumper cables in which I had. I never said they weren't common I said there was quite a bit.
      Most aren't going to carry power steering fluid unless there car needs it.
      I said Was someone working on Maura's car or trying to cover something up?
      Maura had been driving her car up to two weeks prior according to Fred, so what made Maura's car start running very crappy to where she wouldn't drive it. But it makes a trip from Amherst to Haverhill?
      What did the bulbs go to on the car?
      Carpet and stain remover- uncommon in my opinion
      Unless your having issues with your vehicle alot of these items aren't needed. If you have a power steering problem then yes you'll most likely have a funnel and fluid but if you don't have this issue then most likely you wouldn't be hauling this stuff around in your vehicle. JMO
      When I was 21 my road side emergency kit included jumper cables, and a tire repair kit.
      Maura said she was going to be gone for a week not a couple of days
      Yeah I know A lot of people eat pickles but also some pregnant women crave pickles. Maura searched alcohol on a fetus shortly before she vanished. Thought it was interesting didn't say it was a main focus
      In my opinion 3 bottles of shampoo is a lot to be in your car. Alot of women have more than one shampoo at home but most likely on a weeks trip they wouldn't bring all 3 for one person.
      I'm sure Maura drank other sodas at times. Sharon said Maura was an avid Mountain Dew drinker and she liked to use twizzlers as a straw. She also said they bought some mountain dews and twizzlers so if Maura returned they'd be waiting on her. Wonder why no mountain dew bottles were found in the car if Maura enjoyed it that much.






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    4. 2057 bulbs are used for the brake/tail lights on a '96 Saturn SL.

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    5. "You have no evidence to declare that the cellophane pouch was from a pack of cigarettes."

      Agreed. In fact, I think it's rather safe to assume it *wasn't* a cigarette pouch, as in both MA & NH the cellophane pouches themselves have a sticker/stamp at the bottom of them, which are exclusive to cigarettes. I would think the police would have said "cigarette wrapper / pouch" if it was that.

      There are hundreds of different types of cellophane pouches for different uses- from empty candy wrappers, to pill pouches....sports cards / license protectors, gift bags, the wrapping of a book or product, etc, etc.

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    6. Just a random tidbit. I'm a smoker. I only take the cellophane off of the top, allowing the pack to be opened. Many smokers I know only take off the top, leaving the part with the stamp on it (all states have their own stamps) still attatched to the cigarette box. Doesn't mean just cause there was no stamp a pack of squares should be ruled out. I think it's very likely this could be the pack that the cashier at Butson's/Shaw's rang up for Maura and the "girls"...although just my opinion. This case throws curveball after curveball

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  18. I wonder what kind of shampoo Hossein Baghdadi used. He was, in fact, the only subject that spoke about Maura previously mentioning wanting to "disappear."

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  19. Please this is all so rediculous all of it! It is obvious that the contents of her car are not worthy because where is the Wine Box???? This entire case makes me sick to my stomach....the fact that her friends know stuff and are not talking.....UGH.....now I have these intense visions of Maura being kidnapped and sold for human trafficking, OR worse being held against her will.........but most probably this vibrant young woman met her maker and we will never find her body to give her family peace. This case is just so baffling and now a poster said her car is no longer at Troop F in Twin Mountain???? WELL does this secret information that James has mentioned makes me wonder will we finally get some closure?????

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  20. This sounds a lot like what would be in my car. I am a two years older than Maura was when she disappeared. I use my car a lot, don't empty it often enough and so it "collects" a bunch of stuff. None of these items scream, "starting a new life". Why is there no alcohol on this list?

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  21. On the cellophane wrapper was there a state tax stamp? As all packs of cigarettes have to have the state tax stamp on the wrapper. The cellophane could have came from any number of the items listed like the pack of gum, crest white strips, some OTC meds boxes come wrapped in cellophane as do some school text books,

    As for the copius amount of shampoo that really isn't all that unusual as some dermatologists recommend using a variety.

    The perfume in the car also not unusual as I know a lot of women who will keep perfume in their cars.

    How were the clothes packed? Seeing as how it was winter when Maura disappeared the zippered hoodie and sweater could have been in her car with her emergency roadside kit in-case she became stranded and needed to wait for a two truck or assistance to stay warm. I live in the Chicago land area and during the winter always keep an extra hoodie and coat in my car for this reason.

    Paperwork I noticed is listed twice so is it safe to assume that it was two different kinds of paperwork? Was one the accident report forms from the accident in Hadley? Were they from the accident John Smith talked about in the podcast?

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  22. No underwear, pajamas or night clothing on this list - and only one sock..........

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  23. Another thing that stood out was the Speed Stick deodorant - isn't that primarily for men?

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    1. I am going to bet this was used to prevent chafing when running. I used it when I was younger on shorter runs before finding better products.

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    2. Im a woman and have use men deodorant since I was in my early 20s; because I love the smell, I feel as it works better, and masks the odors better. Many of my friends use men deodorant, especially, if they are very active.

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  24. The skyvalley pen Maura had was to a motel/cpmdp in Bartlett that offers one bed and multiple bed rooms.

    http://www.skyvalley4u.com/2010PHP/accommodations-Sky-Valley-Motel-Units.php

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    1. This is the most interesting list item to me because I lose pens fast. If this hotel's pen was in her car, seems like she had probably been there recently. I suppose since the pen was found in her car, the place must have been checked out by investigators?

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    2. How about she threw the pen in the glove box and forgot about it? Unless we see photos of the items and a description/photo of the location they were found in the car, everyone is just guessing and trying to figure it out by injecting themselves into the situation. This is simply irresponsible to do. It doesn't matter what you would do or what you think is normal. No two people are the same. I see nothing on this list that looks out of the ordinary.

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  25. Not quite sure Maura had enough clothes packed for more than a day or two

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  26. Nothing really sticks out. I had some packratty friends in college who kept all kinds of weird shit in their cars and this sounds similar. The clothing items sound like what a girl might pack for a lazy weekend away. Also sounds like she was anticipating studying. At first I was like, "Those are some mighty strange books," but she was a nursing student so I doubt it's anything to be concerned about. The health questionnaire is a little odd... I wonder if it was hers or someone else's. Or blank. Just seems like an odd thing to be traveling with. I assume the adapter was an international travel adapter... do Americans need that when traveling in Canada? I don't think I've ever spent more than a few hours in Canada. The calling cards... I believe somewhere there was a reference to Billy giving her those. I know that when my girlfriends and I were in college and after graduating in '99 we would give them as gifts so we didn't have excuses not to call.

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  27. Maura and Billy were on the phone. Back then you could call mobile to mobile. Maura shouldntbof needed calling cards to call Billy.
    Also not sure the timeframe but you had the pick 5 people to be able to call without using your minutes, some had pick 10.
    Would Maura of needed the calling cards if they were on the same plan?
    Didn't the police release Maura's things from her car to Billy?

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    1. In 2004 the only mobile-to-mobile calling available was within the same carrier. At that it was still an optional, pay service. It is unknown if MM or BR had this feature on their plans, but it is known that calling cards were used frequently, which would indicate not.

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    2. i'm trying to remember if, at that time, calling cards even worked with cell phones? wasn't there a time period when you could only use them on landlines?

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  28. I love twizzlers and pickles! Good choices Maura!

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  29. On another one of the blog entry's, someone says Sara was a Smoker. They said they knew some of the people involved and they put there theory of what happened. They also said when Sara was drinking she could become aggressive sometimes.

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  30. Who was it that lived near the accident scene, that usually had toys in there front yard?

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  31. A travel tooth brush and a magenta and white toothbrush. Interesting.

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  32. What interests me more is what is NOT on the list. She supposedly packs for a few days but no underwear and no socks. One lone sock was there. The other thing that is missing is the window scraper. It's winter in New England. Where is the window scraper. Probably with whoever decided to put a rag up a hot tailpipe and needed an object to do it with.

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    1. "Probably with whoever decided to put a rag up a hot tailpipe and needed an object to do it with." Now that is a new idea that I have not seen since I have been following this case since the beginning!

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  33. okay I've put all the items listed into categories:

    CLOTHING
    - black gloves (possibly work gloves for the car?)
    **in my opinion, this is not that many items of clothing, especially for a young woman. if maura was planning on going somewhere, it wasn't going to be for long. also, it seems like this way very hastily packed, who would pack one pair of socks? possibly if she took items after she crashed, she might've brought along more clothing than this list shows. i doubt that though, if two bags were found, and she left the scene so quickly, she would not have had time to grab things and repack a bag**

    PERSONAL HYGIENE
    - toothbrush, white & magenta
    - travel toothbrush
    - tube Colgate
    - container of Speed Stick deodorant
    - bottle "Got to be Good" shampoo
    - tube Shear VO5 hairdressing
    - bottle of Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo
    - bottle Head & Shoulder shampoo
    **two toothbrushes. also she must've really took care of her hair considering the number of products she had. then again these items could have been in her car before and it just looks weird because they were all inventoried at once. yes, speed stick did make a women's brand so that's not anything to overthink. definitely this section shows she was planning to go somewhere.**

    MEDS
    - pks Simply Sleep sleeping pills
    - empty box of Simply Sleep
    **the sleeping pills concern me. 2 packs of sleeping pills concerns me even more. but again you have to think if she was a messy person, she might've just had two boxes strewn about her car. to compare, hae min lee's car was very cluttered.**

    FOOD
    - "Tic Tac" container (opened)
    - jar Vlasic baby kosher dill pickles (opened)
    - bottle of Diet Cherry Coke (opened)
    - package of Twizzlers (opened)
    - pk. Extra chewing gum
    **this shows that she was NOT planning on going somewhere, or that wherever she was going had plenty of food and was not too far away, so she didn't need to pack anything for "road food".**

    SCHOOL
    Paperwork
    paperwork
    **note that paperwork is listed twice in here, maybe having to do with two different subjects. this all seems like normal stuff a college student would have in their car.**

    CAR GEAR
    - can Alumaseal
    - can Fix a Flat
    - can STP Power steering fluid
    - can Carpet and Stain remover
    - container Turtle Wax rubbing compound
    - multi-purpose funnel
    - Radiator funnel, yellow
    - Vaco flat head screwdriver
    - Red handled phillips screwdriver
    - Craftsman starbit screwdriver
    - tire gauge
    - automobile cigarette lighter
    - 2057 light bulb
    - 2057A Amber light bulbs
    - CD case with 34 Cds
    - CD holders
    - Portable JVC CD player
    - Led Zeppelin cassette tape
    - U2 cassette tape
    - "Fleet" Fast Lane toll pass
    - Eastern Mass Road Map
    - Vermont attracts map
    ** this is the weirdest section in my opinion. this car was pretty well stocked. either fred had put all this in her car (my dad gave me a tool kit for my car when i was around that age) or she knew that she needed all these things. in that case, the sock in the tailpipe seems pretty weird after seeing she was prepared for a lot of different car type emergencies.**

    CALLING CARD
    - ESPN Zone card
    - MCI Prepaid Phone Cards
    - TTI National, Inc. Calling Card
    - Samsung Travel Adapter
    - AC Cell phone power adapters
    **if she did leave with a tandem, then she would've brought her cell phone charger right?**

    MISC.
    - Big Y tokens
    - $.75 coins
    - Big Y plastic shopping bag
    - photograph of Kurtis Murray
    - USMA patch
    - Magnetic can opener
    - empty cellophane pouch
    - Shaws plastic bag
    **the can opener? not sure about that item. i think the cellophane could have been used to hold food, or maybe even drugs. but if it had writing on it i doubt it had drugs in it.**

    a few questions:
    -where is the alcohol? is that not listed as something that maura's family received when they got the car?
    -if these are the things she left, then what would she have taken with her when her "tandem" came? i think this list helps us determine that there was no tandem.
    -were all the calling cards for billy?

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    1. Samsung Travel Adapter is the phone charger. Samsung still names phone chargers sold separately like this in 2015 (She likely lost or broke the original charger, happens to almost all of us :).

      With AC power adapters, maybe she had the phone charging via the car cigarette lighter, which would account for the 'glow' in her car after the accident. Many phones tend to go 100% on brightness when connected to a power source.

      Of course the disconcerting thing here is her phone never apparently pinged a cell tower after the accident. Or the phone never reached an area with cell coverage in working order again.

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    2. yes, i know that. what i'm asking is why didn't she bring her charger with her when she left the scene? i think she would have brought it with her if she actually did leave in a tandem car.

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    3. seems like alot of crap for a weekend getaway, or I am just used to packing lite. Nothing sticks out that is "weird" thou.

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    4. "Simply Sleep" is just Benadryl allergy medicine. https://www.tylenol.com/products/simply-sleep-caplet

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    5. I can't remember if it was on this blog or the podcast or somewhere else, but I remember hearing that Fred Murray said he had given the car to Maura and I believe the car supplies/emergency kit were already in it. I think it was in relation to the rag in the tailpipe. I think Fred had said he kept a couple old white hospital towels with the emergency kit that was always in the car and then he gave the car to Maura, so he thought maybe that's where the rag came from.

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  34. Were the textbooks for classes she was enrolled in that semester?

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    1. Those are standard reference books you would keep with you/in your car when In nursing clinicals.

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  35. Everyone is so stuck on the cellophane as some HUGE clue. I'm not because it's such a common item even for a non smoker. It depends on where it was found and how new it was. It also depends on how meticulous Maura was about keeping a clean car. If you found it in mine, yeah....it would be seriously out of place as I quit over a year and a half ago, clean my car every week and don't allow smoking in my car. But in her case, it could have slipped between the seat and the center console from a smoker that rode with her at one point.

    Were there ashes at all? The smell of smoke in the car? That crap sticks for days. That would really be the key to if someone were smoking in the car that night. Since we don't know those tidbits, I'm more inclined to believe that it was a remnant from a past passenger from long ago rather than a passenger that managed to not be spotted by anyone, including the bus driver.

    Or even more intriguing, they're commonly used to carry weed from a friend that gives you a "heavy hand".

    Meh.

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    1. Me too. It could be a plastic cellophane type covering for anything. It could simply be from the Extra gum packaging.

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  36. "But, she added, Maura and Billy were having relationship troubles at the time. Kathleen said she takes sleeping pills at night and didn't remember a later call." - this is from your post on October 7th.....does everyone in the family take sleeping pills?

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    1. Well....that is interesting for sure. Brings another serious question into play..!

      Kathleen used sleeping pills and both Tim and Kathleen smoked cigarettes.

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    2. Sleeping problems is not unusual in the least. That raises no flags to me.

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  37. Something nobody is thinking about is "When Maura left the Saturn She probably took stuff with her, most likely clothes and important things" the other stuff left behind was not a necessity at the time She was trying to avoid LE if She was intoxicated.

    Also Faith Westman stated "I see a MAN smoking a CIGARETTE in the PASSENGER SEAT" Why would faith ever has stated this if it were not true. Also why have their stories changed over time.?

    Tim Westman stated "She was drunk, that's why she crashed and hit the tree" Mr. Westman has NO WAY of knowing this unless he actually went outside that night. Was he still working in his musical instrument repair shop across the street at the Weathered Barn and came out of there when the accident happened.?

    I have always had troubles with all their statements and the last interview with Mr. Westman solidified My concerns of what ......THEY REALLY KNOW AND SAW THAT EVENING..!!

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    1. I agree. We know Maura's wallet, cell phone, possibly alcohol, and black bookbag wasn't found. Most likely she took off with other items to that are unknown.
      Didn't see the Triple A card on the list. I agree why state I see a man smoking in the passenger seat if its not true.
      Why would Mr. Westman say she was drunk and that's why she hit a tree. Unless he was outside.
      I wonder if Mr. Westman is a smoker.
      Too bad the police didn't bring dogs out that night or Tuesday morning.
      Didn't Butch say Maura didn't appear drunk just shooken up?
      I have also had trouble with their statements.
      Was Maura's scent lost near Butch Atwood's house or was it lost in the other direction?
      Butch originally said the woman he saw didn't look like the picture of Maura.
      Mr. Westman says Maura was drunk and that's why she hit a tree. Also that it was a women by the car and a "Glow".
      Mrs. Westman on the 911 tape says I see a man smoking in the passenger seat. Later says she didn't say that and it was a Glow..
      The Marriott's say they thought the car had backed up parrell. Also after Butch left ,they said the interior light went on and off and a there was a fluury of activity at the trunk area.
      Could this be when the rag was stuffed in the tailpipe? The tailpipe wouldn't of been as hot anymore because it had been 16 minutes from when Faith called 911 and the police arrived.
      Wouldnt the cellphone need to be turned on for the light to glow?
      Wouldn't the light of been green if it was from a cellphone charger?
      I think looking at everyone's Original statements could possibly hold a clue.

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    2. Let's say for arguements sake there was a guy with her, that doesn't really clear anything up whatsoever, better yet lets say her car was full of people, it still doesn't help one iota.

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  38. Also the interesting part of the sleeping pills is that...IF Maura planned on committing suicide that is one thing She def. would have taken from the Saturn. And the empty box was the packaging for the packs of sleeping pills. Read the list again and notice that. There was NO bottle of sleeping pills, they were flat plastic and foil packs that held the pills.


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    1. Exactly. The empty box and the blister packs equals but one box of the Simply Sleep.

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    2. As mentioned in a comment below, the Simply Sleep are not what people traditionally think of when they think of sleeping pills. The active ingredient is an antihistamine. There is no way that would be your medication of choice if you were trying to commit suicide, especially if you had medical knowledge.

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    3. Yes, "Simply Sleep" is just Benadryl.

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    4. I don't know if I agree with that. Benadryl is much more potent than you might think. One or two is enough to make me groggy, and I'm a big guy. If you took a whole pack, it'll make you uncontrollably sleepy... with that said, I'm not big on the suicide theory.

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  39. This is what was in the car.........http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/simply-sleep-tylenol-20683244

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  40. Did they do any dna testing on the toothbrushes?

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    1. There were 3 found, maybe some were from other people that were in the car with her?

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  41. I am 35 and I have 3 kids. Here is what you would find in my car:

    hat
    hat
    gloves
    car charger
    av cable
    pen
    comb
    chap stick

    Her list is like 12 times the size.

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    1. Do you have an older model car, a nursing student, a Woman and traveling out of State? No offense, but it's silly to compare the contents of her car to you lol.

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    2. Not to stereotype, but I don't think it's abnormal for women to carry more in their cars than men. I keep a cleaner car than I did in my twenties, but you can still find a pretty decent amount of stuff in there now. My husband keeps almost nothing in his. I find this to be true of many people I know.

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    3. for an early twenty something year old girl this really isn't unusual at all haha. heck i'm a single 30 year old woman and in my car you'll find directions, CDs, plastic bags, buttons, a dog treat, a compass, rollerblades, gym lock, a sweatshirt, loose change, plates and silverware (i don't have time to explain lol...my trunk is a hot mess). all of which would not be clues in any way if i were to disappear.

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    4. what bothers me the most about this case, of she planned to run away and start over, it seems someone is covering her tracks behind her, noone can disappear this perfect, its usually the plan that is flawed.

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    5. So you think everyone is like you? Why can't people understand how they behave is irrelevant to how MM did? Walk through a Walmart parking lot and looking into 50 cars. None of them will be the same. Reason, no two people are the same. How you are and how you act cannot be applied to other people and doing so hampers the process. Everything should be taken as normal until something is discovered not to be. Multiply toothbrushes mean nothing. You assume they are all used to clean teeth. I have one in my car to detail clean vents etc. People want to find something to hang their hat on. I want to see actual pictures of each item which may provide a more clear idea of what each item is and what it was used for. Why aren't we seeing that? Could it be to keep the mystery and drama going? The Simple Sleep is another. Who knows how long they were there and how many she had taken in the past? It is all a guess.

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  42. Just a couple thoughts.

    1)Was Maura known for carrying a pocketbook or purse? It seems like some of the items such as calling cards birth control pills, etc... would be kept in a pocketbook.

    2) Calling cards- I think these can be explained. Years ago Cell phone plans charged
    quite a bit for long distance calling so Maura possibly used these cards when calling Billy cause it was cheaper.


    3) The Shaws bag is the one item that makes you go hmmmm but there is a Shaws in Hanson Mass as well as Woodsville NH.

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  43. Nothing in this list strikes me as entirely unusual for a college-age However, I think it's an interesting list given the context. A lot of people seem stuck on the variety of shampoo, toothbrushes and the Speedstick deodorant. This all just seemed to me like gym bag stuff vs. overnight bag or just stuff that accumulates in the car of a twentysomething girl. Things like the Head and Shoulders: Yes, a lot of women do use it and I always carried it in gym bags because they make a shampoo/conditioner combo that means one less bottle to pack. The deodorant could be men's but I know quite a few females who use men's for working out as it's stronger.


    There are a lot of car repair/maintenance things, but seems her car wasn't in the best condition so that's not weird to me. I had the same things in my first car.

    Everyone seems caught up on the clothing too--these all seemed like items that would just accumulate and not necessarily be in an overnight bag which she could have taken with her if the runaway scenario played out. I'm much better now, but in my twenties I always ended up with tons of clothing in my car.

    The calling cards are NOT unusual to me. I am the same age as Maura and was in college at the same time. I had a basic cell service but to call home I used the calling cards as it was long distance. I could also use them to call from campus phones. Remember at this time people were not yet reliant on their smartphones. I always saved my cell minutes for when I was on the go away from a landline.

    I think the info missing here is whether these items were in bags, as I think that would be more telling. For instance, it may be concerning that sleeping pills were in the car but maybe not so much if they were in a bag of some sort. The sleeping pills in particular made me sad as I remember a whole phase of my life when I was taking them. It was because I was very, very stressed. And the fact that the birth control pills were still there concerns me, as that's one thing a college girl doesn't forget.



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    1. Good point about the Birth Control! You have to take those daily. Would she have forgotten those in a stressful emergency, one where she remembered to take the alcohol? Maybe she thought for sure she'd be back to the car but then something happened to her. I think the Cellophane wrap probably just came off the gum package.

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    2. It looks to me like she had a gym bag packed with all of the personal stuff (tooth brush, Speed Stick, makeup, shampoo, etc.)and the clothing, probably in the Army bag. She may have kept her birth control pills in there as a reminder to take them after she's finished up a run. Did she run or workout daily for exercise after she quit the team? OTOH, you don't need birth control pills if you're pregnant. I think she took the black backpack with her, which had all of the things she would need for a few days and left the gym bag. Was that part of the "flurry of activity" around the trunk that the woman saw from her house?

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  44. Also, just to note: just because something is marketed for men doesn't mean that women don't use those products. I use "men's" deodorant because 1) it's cheaper 2) it's better (in terms of lasting) and 3) it smells better than any "feminine" ones. I also use "men's" razor blades. Something to consider.

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    1. Exactly. Inferring Maura was accompanied by a man because she was carrying a man's shampoo is a leap, at least from my point of view.

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  45. Rather than looking at what was in the car, we should speculate what was missing from the car. Sounds like nothing too strange about those car items found. But what wasn't there?

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  46. I wouldn't read too much into the shampoo. I and lots of my female friends have several different brands of shampoo we're using in rotation. Head and Shoulders shampoo in a dry winter in a northern climate, also not that unusual to me.

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  47. Does anyone know if she kept a journal or diary, or agenda for school?

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  48. She seems to have taken a lot of Simply sleep capsules. Coupled with alcohol those could have made her vomit and choke to death.

    http://www.drugs.com/cdi/simply-sleep.html
    http://www.health2009.com/medicine/50112-78.html

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    1. There was an empty box of Simply Sleep and the packs that go inside that were outside the box. So She did not take the pills and THEY WERE LEFT IN THE CAR....So more than likely suicide was not the intention or SHE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THOSE FOR SURE.

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    2. No. As a nursing student, Maura would know that taking an overdose of Simply Sleep would not be fatal. Simply Sleep has the same active ingredient as Bendaryl, in the equivalent dose per pill. These are not drugs that a person would use to commit suicide. You cannot draw that conclusion based on these pills. They were left in the car because they were likely not an essential item at the time.

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    3. Don't they also contain Tyelonol? An overdose would cause liver failure and death.

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    4. @JBgood
      They don't contain Tylenol, or any other pain reliever. The active ingredient is an antihistamine.

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    5. I have to chime in on this benadryl tangent again. I do not believe her intent was to commit suicide. However if you took a pack of benadryl pills, you would become so profoundly sleepy that within an hour or so you would pass out. Sure you'll wake up eventually, but not if you're exposed to the elements. Theoretically, you could take a handful of Benadryl, and be so zonked out you would die from the elements and never wake up. I don't think that's what happened, but don't underestimate the power of this stuff. Go ahead and take a bunch of them, you'll wake up 16 hours later and be groggy as hell lol.

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  49. It seems to me that Maura could have obtained the "UMass Complete Health History questionnaire" when/if she went to the student health center for a possible pregnancy.

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  50. Until today I was convinced Maura was alive. This post changed that. There is 1 thing on this list.

    Birth control.

    It's in the car. Neither myself or any of my friends would ever leave this behind. If we were going anywhere it's with us.

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    1. Not unless she was pregnant, she wouldn't need them for a while.
      To get Birth Control you have to get it from a health clinic or your doctor.
      Its most likely to late to find out the exact date she got the birth control but in 04 they could of found that info out.
      Only 4 pills were gone out of it. She either had to get it shortly before she disappeared or she had it for a while.
      I think for this to be relevant, it would need to be known when Maura actually got the Birth control.
      4 days prior to Maura's disappearance would of been either Thursday or Friday.

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    2. i lean more towards her being deceased as well, but just to play devil's advocate i wouldn't say the birth control alone points to her not being alive. if she's disoriented, panicked, drunk, in a rush, etc. she doesn't remember to grab them. if she's starting over somewhere she can relatively easily get more from a Planned Parenthood or other such clinic.

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    3. This line of thought makes no sense to me. I have never, ever carried my birth control around with me on a consistent basis, nor do I personally know of any woman who does (although I have never given a questionnaire so it's possible some do). I would not even move it from my bedside table unless I was traveling, and in that case, it just stays in my travel case with my other essentials. Were I ever in a car accident while on my way to a travel destination, no way is one of the first things on my mind going to be "Better grab my birth control! Can't leave that!". I find it kind of odd that anyone would think that after someone gets in car accident, one of their priorities is going to be to grab their birth control pills, and that if they did not, that it surely points towards their death. I don't see any logic in that line of thinking.

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    4. Depends on what time of day you're taking them (since it should be the same time each day). Mine upset my stomach so I always took them with lunch, thus making it necessary to carry with me in my purse.

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  51. As another poster noted, cars, especially young people's cars, have a habit of accumulating things. Just because an item was found in her car, it does not mean that the item was something she brought specifically for this trip. It's also tough to infer much from the extent of what was left behind. It's impossible to say what Maura's state of mind was like after the crash, but she might have been shook up, and unable to concentrate on what, exactly, she should take with her vs. what she should leave behind. The presence of wine in the car--noted in the police report-- indicates she may have been drinking in the time prior to the crash. If she was, that makes it even more likely she was not thinking clearly.

    I don't find anything especially strange about the extent of the automotive repair products. Lots of people I know carry spare bulbs, fluids, fix-a-flat, etc. so they have stuff on hand in the event of a breakdown late at night, on a weekend, far from a repair shop, etc. Same goes for car cleaning products. Some people keep them right in the vehicle so they never have to hunt for them when needed. It's also possible that Fred maintained the car for Maura and she really had no idea what exactly she was carrying.

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    1. I said above that I am a car hoarder. But having several types of shampoo i interesting to me.

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    2. totally agree with this, my trunk is full of random crap that would have nothing to do with anything if i went missing tomorrow. the only way to know whats relevant is if we knew what was in the car BEFORE she left that day, in order to determine what stuff she was purposefully bringing with her.

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    3. ...and knowing Fred had the 4000 what did she live on if she did run away, certainly not hope.

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  52. The calling cards made me wonder if she was en route to Canada. Even in the early 2000s, I don't think I ever would have bought calling cards...UNLESS, I was traveling internationally.

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    1. Calling cards were essential in early 2000s as a dorm resident... Long distance calling in my dorm had to be set up with parents credit card # and the fees were high... My parents didn't want me to rack up huge phone bills on their credit card so they mailed me calling cards frequently.

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  53. The Alumaseal might explain why maura was seen shivering by Butch Atwood. This product is also used to seal the heater core. Maybe her heater wasn't working properly.

    MANUFACTURER INFORMATION
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  54. I have had problems with the heater core before and it leaks on the inside of the car and that might explain the stain remover. The rubbing compund makes me go MMMMM. were there scratches on the car prior to the accident that she wanted to remove? ( hit and run) maybe?

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  55. She had a star screwdriver and 2057 bulbs. This screwdriver is often used to replace these bulbs (parking/turn signal bulbs).

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  56. Its a little alarming that Maura left the Army Track duffle bag behind. If she was meeting a tandem driver up the street then this would have been the best bag to put all her belongings in.

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  57. If the Duffle bag had all her clothes and toiletries in it and she left it behind and locked her car doors, it makes me wonder if she was planning on coming back to the car. Was Maura seeking help from someone else in the area that wasn't as intimidating as Butch and something happened?

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  58. What stood out to me: The lack of boxes packed with items to start a new life, or even clothing to last more than a few days. Furthermore the lack of any kind of sentimental items (except maybe the book) like scrapbooks, knickknacks, framed pictures, etc. tell me this was not a girl planning to runaway and start a new life. The "Vermont attracts map" seems to further indicate a leisure getaway. Finally, I don't know about you all but reading "pink sock with cow design" just broke my heart. :(

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    1. About the lack of boxes, sentimental items, clothing... we only know what was left in the car, not what she actually did take with her. She very well could have grabbed a bag she had full of clothing and sentimental items to take with her when she deserted the car. The fact that these items were NOT in her car I believe is more telling. If there was a suitcase/travel bag filled with her clothing and sentimental items left behind in the car, I would be more concerned that something bad happened to her. We have zero reason to not believe that she walked away from that car with more than enough clothing/belongings to sustain her for a period of time. If only the person who were traveling with her would tell us what she grabbed when she left the car behind.... ;)

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    2. She did have her favorite stuffed animal and a very special necklace that she packed and left in her car .... not sure why those items weren't on the list of things Maura had in her car. SHE DID NOT TAKE THEM wherever she went, she left them in the car

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    3. why didnt she wear her necklace lol, just saying.

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  59. The lack of alcohol was my first thought....also what exactly was on the 3x5 card? You think something pertinent like DIRECTIONS would be elaborated on, y'know?

    As for the booze, no mention. No Franzia box...that was really the only alcohol item that was reportedly in the car. No Bailey's or Kahlua or Skyy or whatever else from her liquor store stop. So again it looks like another vote for the booze is missing, perhaps.

    Ideally, I'd love to see a scan of the store receipt. She didn't seem to spend that much on liquor ($40 or $50 was it?), so maybe we're talking ONLY a box of wine, a 6 pack of Seagrams and several mini bottles of assorted liquors.

    Figuring out exactly what she had would shed a little light on the situation. Full sized bottles are heavy, mini airplane type bottles are not. Heck, she could have drank half of it on the way to NH and discarded the bottles if we're talking little bottles.

    But something like a full sized Skyy bottle...doubtful she'd polish ALL of that off during a drive, so there's gotta be something left other than the Franzia.

    The fact that we are potentially missing alcohol, yet many essentials stayed in the car is interesting. Did she remove the booze and take it with her, maybe forgetting the Franzia, in hopes of concealing a DUI and fleeing the scene? Was she so drunk that was the only thing she wanted to take after the crash?

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    1. It's been reported many times that the 3x5 notecard contained hand-written directions to Burlington on it. Maura and her father had just been to Burlington and near the area Maura went missing (likely on the very same road) just three months prior to Maura going missing

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  60. Yeah nothing too out of the ordinary there. In any case we don't know which items were packed recently and which have been sitting under the passenger seat for years. An interesting part of this whole seen is that given her presumably dazed out state of mind she still managed to lock the door.

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    1. Just her final loose end to tie up before she took her own life. IMO.

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  61. I have to say, if someone in Haverhill knows what happened to her and is to cowardly to come forward, grow some nads, be a man for once in your life. Bloody cowards.

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  62. No girl is going to leave her pack of Triphasil Birth Control (4 pills missing) behind. You can buy a new toothbrush and shampoo very easily. Not Birth Control pills.

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  63. The birth control item stands out to me. Feb 9th was a Monday. Usually birth control cycles start on a Sunday (easier to track). If there were 4 pills missing, could it indicate that she had taken the Tuesday and Wednesday pills with her giving her a couple of days to get a new pack at a clinic.

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  64. I am wondering if these were full, full-size bottles of shampoo, or small bottles/remnants. If I am going away for a few days and have a couple of bottles of shampoo, both mostly empty, I may well bring both to make sure I have enough. And personally I alternate shampoos. I use Head and Shoulders, and L'Oreal, and sometimes TresSemme. Those are just the types I have in my house right now.

    I don't think anything on that list is really strange. If you looked in my car right now, you would find a Halloween costume, two sweatshirts, at least one cardigan sweater, two suit jackets, spilled jelly beans, a couple of books, probably a half empty water bottle, about 7 CDs, spare floormats, and a phone charger. Oh, and a roll of toilet paper and some medication. That's not counting all the stuff in my glove box or trunk, which would include a pen, scissors, cat litter, and who knows what else. That's just what I can think of off the top of my head!

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  65. James, the photograph that photographer Amelia Kunhard took, which is on your blog, shows some of the items listed here. It appears there is a travel-size shampoo bottle. Also, that 2 liter of coke. Is that the actual coke bottle and not the one that people have posted pics of in the Saturn? Also, what is on the left-hand side of her? Is that a black backpack? Wasn't there a question as to whether the black backpack found at one point was MMs?

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  66. They may be able to get DNA from the inside of the gloves.

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  67. This list means nothing to me. Items could have been there for a very long time, lost, even after cleaning the car. I always keep a pen on me and in every single room in my house and every car...and a lot of them are old, so where the pen came from may mean nothing as I have a pen from Nynex which went out of business many years ago. I carry personal hygiene products in my car which I think I lose all the time..so finding diffrent toothbrushes is not odd to me. I buy or obtain beauty products and leave them in my car because I forget to bring them home, I'm too lazy to bring them home, or I simply forget theyre in my car. I have very random things in my car, however, I clean my car constanly but still leave random items in my car, especially if I'm cleaning my car away from my house or Im to lazy to carry stuff up flight of stairs; and after I clean it I wonder how somethings got in my car. I also leave empty bottles or wrappers of things laying around EVERYWHERE to remind myself I need to buy more. I always carried my birth control with me, I would lose some packets and then find them in the car months later. Many women use mens deodorant. Many woman use diffrent types of shampoos (where's the conditioners? Maybe she didnt use any) I have a collection of over 100 fragrace sprays and perfumes and yes I keep a few in my car. I keep snacks in my car. I keep chargers everywhere. I keep every single oil and anything to would fix my car even if it doesnt have a problem, just in case. I keep a lot of stuff in my car...very random things...yes its possible to find a single sock...and a diffrent types of sweaters and sweatpants in my car. I even keep a blanket, towel, a teddybear, a vibrator, a dictionary, art supplies, can opener..anthing I can think of I put in my car....so until I learn more about the contents in the car, they mean nothing to me yet.
    Ps: im not messy at all!

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  68. Why was there a can opener in the car? The rest of the things I get but a can opener?

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    1. My husband keeps a can opener on him because he'll take a can of tuna to work as a snack/lunch. High protein and healthy. Especially considering she was fairly active and conscious of her body, it isn't that strange of an item.

      Hell, even pickles could have been used for a tuna salad.

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    2. Most can openers have a bottle opener on the other end. Maybe for opening beer bottles or car fluids?

      Maybe the birth control pills were a backup set in case she forgot to take one at her regular time.

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  69. Mot important thing is what is NOT there.

    No underwear.

    Which means either...

    a) she hadn't left prepared to stay away for any length of time.

    b) she took some clothes with her when she left the car.

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  70. I really wouldn't necessarily say that she was suicidal just due to the fact that sleeping pills were found among her belongings. I think that type thing is common to find in the average home. It's the same ingredients as Benadryl. I use those products for migraines as well as itching and sometimes sleep. Also I have lots of hair and I have lots of different shampoos I use, including 4 prescription or medicated ones. Which one I choose to use just depends on my needs. This is just my two cents worth, and JMO, but when I would go stay at my grandma's I would pack extra personal stuff (walkman, books, makeup, special shampoo, picture of my boyfriend, etc.) just to feel more at home. Gramma supplied a lot of stuff besides love, but I liked to take stuff along that I would use every day.

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  71. Of note: I am a Detective, and we would (especially men, especially an older man) not necessarily mark shampoo differently than conditioner. One bottle could have been shampoo, one conditioner, one detangler or whatever. Not saying it was or wasn't, but of note. If this was the case it could (in some eyes) change how long it seemed she would be gone.

    For example, learned this on a case, Got2b isn't really even shampoo for the most part. Most of their products are dry shampoos, mousse, styling gel, hairspray. If I recall, they really only have one type of actual shampoo and it's not too popular and mostly for frizzy hair, which I don't believe she had

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  72. I also hope she's alive somewhere but the more I think about this birth control, the more it bothers me. No woman I know forget this box or case- they might forget to take the pill by maybe one or two days, but three or more days? Highly Unlikely, I thought.

    But I had to find out- at least about the birth pill. I found out that it's not like the newer birth control pills- these were known as the three-phase pills (known also as the original birth control pills)... that can also be used as emergency contraceptive, or better known today as the "morning after" pill. So she could have slept with somebody, taken 4 pills within 120 hours (it's most effective if you taken it within 72 hours) , and then 4 more 12 hours after. So that 4 pills were missing- and it was a Monday when she disappeared- she was probably using this pill as an emergency "morning after" pill. The concerning part is in order to be effective, you must take the other 4 pills afterwards within the 72 to 120 hours (so 8 in total) to avoid pregnancy from unprotected sex. So, did she took this dosage and then abandon it? Digged even more. It seems that Triphasil was provided by Planned Parenthood until 2006. And not every Planned Parenthood in every state gives the same birth controls. She either must have known where Triphasil was sold either in United States or in Canada (it seems in BC they provided Triphasil till 2007) for her to take her next 4 set of pills or something terrifying happened. I really hope not though.

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    1. I did more (more) digging and you can use the whole thyphasil as a morning after pill (but the whole case must be consumed in that week) or take 4 yellow pills within 72-120 hours of unprotected sex and take 4 more yellow pills exactly 12 hours after or else it doesn't work. These pills have a set of red, white, yellow and green colors. The red pills are supposed to be the first ones to start with.

      My question is which color pills are missing. If she started on a Wednesday, she was probably in her last day of her period (hence only one tampon probably, some women bleed very little on their periods with the pill). If it's the yellow ones that are missing, she was using it as an emergency to avoid pregnancy from unprotected sex. If she was using the whole case, I think more pills would have been missing (but this one is just an opinion).

      The weirdest part is that when both 91 and 93 highways meet in Vermont there is a planned parenthood that is exactly 10 years old. And another one in the border of Massachusetts to Vermont on highway 91. So it's not impossible to get another case if she was using the pills as they are supposed to be used normally. In some Planned Parenthoods they can provide you pills without a pap smear.

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    2. I don't really think the birth control pill angle leads anywhere. I have never even dated a woman who was currently using birth control pills. There are many other effective methods of birth control. I know many women who have had side effects from the pill and never went back. It's not like forgetting your pills is the end of the world. She could just not have sex for awhile, or use something else. If she was planning on running away and starting over, would she even need pills right away? Just a thought. I don't think the pills being left behind implies anything. Even if she was religious about taking them, she only had about 10 to 15 minutes to grab as much as she could and evacuate.

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  73. I'm a woman and I use Head & Shoulders (what? it smells good). If Maura were going to commit suicide, why would she pack so many things? Sounds like she was running away. Until I read see that there was an empty sleeping pill bottle.

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