Monday, January 18, 2016

4 Million Views and Counting!

As of last week, this blog has been viewed over 4 million times since it was launched in 2011.

Thank you to all the constant readers as well as the new fans of this mystery who have recently wandered into this dark corner of Internet!

Hopefully, this case can be closed in 2016.

James Renner


  1. Hopefully 2016 will be the year for answers, and closure.
    The answers are out, they just have to be uncovered.

  2. Hopefully Maura is one of those 4 million!

    1. That's MY question: Whatever became of Troll #1, Troll #2?

      Troll #1: "MM remains are quite a ways down stream on the bank of the river partially covered." – Anonymous, Jan 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      Troll #2: "Have you ever stopped to consider that I don't want to be found?" – Anonymous, Dec 1, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      Confirmed trolling or not?

      One more reason I hate people commenting as "Anonymous".

    2. WELL??? I'm serious! It's been enough time for LE to confirm.

    3. James what ever happened with the above?

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    1. At times I feel that way, too. It is nice to see many folks passionate about keeping this case alive and active. However, if it is ever solved, I don't think it will be the happy ending everyone is hoping for.

  4. Dear James. Hate to bust your bubble.. but I am responsible for 3,877,211 visits. These other guys make up the other. :) You do good work. Your passionate and accessible. Overall I applaud it all.

  5. I don't either sadly. BTW, how come she has never been declared dead?

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    1. Six reasons:

      1) Insufficient evidence

      2) The weird rejection of The FBi to lead the investigation over a seemingly apathetic NHSP (still hopeful this will turn around)*

      3) The New Hampshire League of Investigators' (NHLi) inability to move case forward

      4) Mr Murray is getting older and is the leader of the search

      5) Too much unwarranted suspicion over Mr Murray

      6) Noise over Matter

      *Doubters should read how the NHSP reacted to private findings on the Patric McCarthy case to get an idea.

    2. No sorry I meant Maura.

  7. Do the spikes coincide with podcast releases>

  8. Because the longer a case goes unsolved, there is less of a chance of it being solved. After the first forty eight hours, the possibilities decrease by the day. It's now been twelve years and we really do not know any more now, than we did then. Someone has gotten away with the perfect crime, I believe. Also, the investigation into her disappearance began seventy two hours after she disappeared, making it even less likely this case can be solved. There is no evidence or trace of her whatsoever.

  9. Great job, James!

    Things I have been wondering about today;

    - Why was Maura in such a hurry to get away from her car? As far as I know, she didn't know the police had been called.

    - could she have put the rag there because the tailpipe was dripping something after the crash and she was concerned about it polluting the ground (people do weird things like 'clean up' when they are shook up or feel guilty - and as far as we know she loved nature)

    - The ID episode mentions a pair of ladies underwear found by Kathleen (?) that was ruled out as having anything to do with this case. On what grounds was it ruled out?

    - where was the tow truck driver before and after the accident? She had gotten a ride back to the hotel from a tow truck driver after her previous accident - so we know that she would have trusted a tow truck driver, for example.

    - She must have known quite a few people in that area from all the years of traveling around there. Have at least some been questioned as to who could have been joining/meeting her that night?

    - at that time were there any large conventions in the greater area? With many people from out of town, etc. that could have given her a lift and not heard about the case. It also would be an easy way to brought into context with a crime.

    - if she did have an eating disorder she may have suffered bouts of extremely low blood sugar - this could have similar effects as alcohol (it may even cause seizures) which might lead to a higher risk of having an accident.

    ~ Kolina

    1. Kolina, some very good points! One thing though, how do we know Maura was in a hurry to get away? Maybe she just took a ride from the next car that came along, maybe from someone who was following her. Maybe....??? I don't think we will ever know.

    2. Did she have a flashlight in the car? If she did, she would probably use it to go into the woods,then turn it off when she spotted the police. If she didn't, I would think that would mean that she was picked up by somebody, known or unknown to her,and very close by to the car. If she set out on foot to go some distance, not knowing where she would be ending up,I think she would use the flashlight. I would think that any "car kit" set up by a parent would include a flashlight.

  10. No, Maura? How many people have been missing for 12 years and never declared dead or at least their family trying to do so? Let's be realistic, she's never coming back. There is not one solid piece of evidence that she is alive and if this were my daughter I would want closure and a burial.

  11. I read this on a blog for another missing person case that has a lot of clues too, some of which may be red herrings and I thought it applies to this case very well:

    Real life doesn't subscribe to classic theatrical unity. In real life, things put on stage between first and last curtains might not have any relevance to the plot at all. Meanwhile, crucial action can and often does occur before the house lights go down and even during intermissions.

    Our problem is figuring out what matters and what does not!