Sunday, January 10, 2016

Exclusive: Petrit Vasi Says Maura Murray Connection is "Far Fetched"

At long last, I spoke to Petrit Vasi, today. The conversation was brief but quite revealing.

"I never met Maura Murray," he says. "We didn't know each other. I've heard this theory, that she may have been involved. But I think it's very far-fetched."

He remembers nothing of the accident, itself. He knows he was at a bar at Triangle and Mattoon around 12:20 a.m. And he remembers waking up months later. His body was found in the street and it appeared he'd been struck by a vehicle.

"There was a snowstorm that night. Lots of snow coming down," he recalls.

And what of the "investigation" into the hit and run?

"I have never spoken to police. Not once. I don't even know if it's an open case."

27 comments:

  1. Finally! Interesting but yeah, can't make headway following this route. Another circumstance in the big picture that has huge holes itself.

    I will say this: It's been pointed out repeated here and elsewhere, there was not enough time for MM to leave campus, strike him and return to campus. Not only that, guards are not supposed to leave.

    What MM was crying over after midnight is shrouded in mystery and most likely has nothing to do with the Vasi incident. WHAT she was crying about would most certainly eliminate the Vasi connection once and for all.

    The likelihood MM allowed someone from Domino's to borrow the Saturn and that person hit Vasi is even more of a stretch. Worth pursuing? Yes but I wouldn't spend too much sweat.

    It's worth remembering MM barely, perhaps never, drove the Saturn for two weeks prior to her mysterious trip north. It had broken down on her at least once prior to her disappearance. So to entrust it to another doesn't make sense. It doesn't make it impossible either.

    My opinion at this point is the Vasi hit and run is a Red Herring. Is it an exhausted circumstance? No. But highly unlikely now.

    So why on Earth, if MM didn't trust the Saturn, would she then take it on a two hour-plus trip?

    While all these theories are tantalizing, we really need to focus on NH and those locations.

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    1. It was told to us repeatedly , where I worked, we were not to leave the building on our 20 minute break. Guess what we did when the management team was not around? You guessed it shopping at the mall down the street!!

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    2. At one point I highly believed in the random driver theory, now I'm not so sure. However would Maura be more inclined to take her car knowing someone would be following her? That way if it did break down, she wouldn't be stranded.

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  2. Sometimes police tell the public there’s no connection between crime A and crime B. Could Amherst police just say there’s no connection between what happened to Vasi and Maura Murray’s disappearance?

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    1. Of course, same way officials are saying there is no connection between Brianna M. and Maura's case.

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  3. That's odd that he Never spoke with the police!! And they say its an "open investigation". Did the police try to find any witnesses that night?
    Were they any other hit and runs between Dec. 15 and Jan.7, 04?

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    1. He has no memory of what happened. Being the hit & run victim doesn't give him any special insight into it if he remembers nothing. If MM was the hit & run driver--and I have no evidence she was--it would (sort of) tie up lots of loose ends. Just Saying.

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  4. Sounds like there was no hit-and-run investigation.

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  5. The police never interviewed him, wth is that about? Just wow.

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  6. Well that's weird he's never spoken to an officer. k, back to things that are relevant.

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  7. Why is it far fetched? He doesn't remember, it was an accident I'm sure,but if one person can do it so can anyone, which doesn't exclude her.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. Certainly interesting to hear from him but his opinion that a connection to Maura seems "far fetched" is 100% conjecture on his part.

      Given that he has no memory of the incident, his opinion on a possible Maura connection is about as relevant as anyone else's.

      That said, I appreciate him speaking up and found the detail that it was a snowy night to be an interesting one in terms of providing context.

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  8. Well, you would think that talking to the victim of a crime might be the place to start investigating...

    So, it seems like they might just be trying to make any part of your investigation as absolutely difficult as possible.

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  9. In an interview I read on Petrit, it was stated that they questioned his friends he was with that night, the person who found him, medical staff who worked on him and Petrit himself. Sadly, he was in a coma for awhile and he never remembered anything so I'm assuming he never gave them any useful information.

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    1. That does make sense I guess. Police departments don't have unlimited resources and I can see how after they'd interviewed everyone else, following up with him after he regained consciousness skipped through the cracks. Also possible authorities got word that he had no memory of the night, so they didn't bother going through the formality of the interview.

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    2. Sorry, but I literally lol'ed at this; like it's acceptable that after they'd interviewed everyone else, following up with him just "skipped through the cracks"?? You know, because even though there were no eyewitnesses to the crime, and he was simply found unconscious, it's totally cool for the police to just forget to followup with the actual victim. Good enough that they just assume that he probably doesn't have anything important to add, as the only person there when the accident happened, other than the driver.

      After all, I mean if they "got word" that he had no memory, that should be good enough for them. One might consider that an absolutely shoddy job of investigating, because you would assume that even the fact that he couldn't remember anything, that fact should actually be followed up on by police and written down as a statement, but hey... they got word! Good enough! The rest is all just "formality".

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  10. Here is one of the articles that lists 2 other hit and run victims around the same time. http://dailycollegian.com/2004/10/19/student-still-faces-long-road-to-recovery/

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  11. Soooooooo WHO's the BigWig (Edgar Bergen or to be pc ~ Edie Bergen ) using JGundersen as Charlie McCarthy? Ongoing, Active, Open blah blah blah investigation but they havent spoken w/the victim in 12yrs. ~Keep burning the midnight oil, Gundersen. Now the CC theft records are Operation Treadstone. Ya, no reg flags here. Who's got the BigTeethLongArms?

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  12. What did the damage to the Saturn! Not hitting vasi, not hitting a tree, then what??

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  13. I'm not sure that I understand what the "takeaway" is supposed to be. Petrit Vasi suffered from post-traumatic amnesia, which is very common with injuries like his. For that reason, the police, very reasonably, didn't believe he would have anything to tell them. So what does it tell anyone that he considers a MM connection "far-fetched".

    I think it's obvious enough that such a connection is far-fetched. It's beyond far-fetched. It is senseless grasping at straws. So why keep talking about this non-possible possibility?

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    1. While I agree that it is [very] far-fetched that Maura could have struck him, the police should have talked with him at least once. Even if they felt there was nothing he could remember, they should have interviewed him regardless. At the very least, if the meeting ended as they suspected and he couldn't provide any information, they could have told him that if any traces of his memory comes back some time in the future, please contact us. They didn't do that. And they haven't done it in the last 12 years. I'm sorry but that looks rather bad on the part of the police. If I were in Vasi's shoes, I'd be pretty ticked off.

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  14. Full Circle, AGAIN.

    "http://mauramurray.blogspot.com/2012/02/does-mauras-cousin-know-true-story-of.html"


    JR, did you or anyone post that "hazy" picture of Maura, "Maureen" or whoever was working as a manager of a gym in Canada? I'd like to see it, please. Or if the poster of such information could post it. The poster couldn't quite tell, but thought it could be her. Yep, lots of people will look like her. So did Skye N Weeks. Quite a bit, actually. Thanks.

    BTW, anytime I find a pic of interest, I download it. You never know.

    I also think it a good idea to find that gal who reported that Hillsboro "sighting". I want to know who the guy was. I wonder if it wasn't that creep Robert Patzelt.

    Whatever happened to Douglas Morrison?

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    1. ... turns out after some discussion that "gvmeabk", the lady waiting in line at Cumby's, describes someone close to Brian Rooney, but I'm skeptical. Of course, that woman who resembled MM could easily have been Skye Weeks.

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  15. They could try forensic hypnosis, then if he did see Maura hit him she would be wanted and then they may/may not look for her.

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  16. I guess on average, world wide, there should be 10 that are almost exact likeness to Maura.

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