Thursday, June 2, 2016

Long Lost Forum Comment Suggests Detectives Thought Maura Was Running from Family

Recently, a reader was looking back through old posts on Websleuths devoted to Maura's disappearance and found something quite interesting. Ten years ago, someone using the name "Peabody" was commenting about the old rumor that Bill Rausch got a message from Maura on his cell phone after she disappeared (law enforcement later learned that message was actually from the Red Cross). Whoever Peabody was, they claimed to be in contact with Sharon Rausch, Bill's mother. Here's the pertinent quote:

I emphasize that Sharon told me that NH SP traced the mysterious prepaid calling card call while she, her husband and now Cpt Rausch sat in a room with the NH SP in the Haverhill Police Station; that she immediately disputed that the call was from the ARC because they would not have had her son's phone number (because she was the only one that had spoken with ARC and she knew that she had not given them his cell and cell phones do not have directory assistance; also the ARC had her cell and had not called her; her thinking was IF there was any reason they needed to correspond, they would have contacted her). 
When the Rausches insisted the call was not ARC, then they were all told that the police believed that Maura was upset with her family and that she was already in Kenton OH on her way to the Rausch residence (again the Rausches disputed this because Kenton is Northwest of them and they asked if they perhaps meant Canton and the officer became hostile and said there was no Canton OH - fyi Canton is Northeast of the Rausches and would have made some sense) 

Weird, right?

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  1. Wow. If a police officer doesn't know -- or can't be bothered to find out -- that Canton is, in fact, a city in Ohio, I'm not sure they should be allowed to do much more policing.

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  2. Yeah saw that comment too but unless verified ...

    See, that's why I got bothered over that "ARC" call back in the winter. Mrs Rausch had, it seemed to me, a locked-tight explanation as to why it would NOT have been them, however that bucked the official line and was buried, except for Peabody's post and a few others like it.

    Of course, that would mean MM was NOT on the outs with BR.

    Net: Back to Square One, as always. A maze, not a labyrinth.

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    1. Well, considering she drove north and not towards Ohio, makes this comment weird. And there is that one relative who believes MM's drama with Billy was over.

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  3. I definitely think she needed time away from something/someone. I feel everyone is in that boat at some point.

    Interesting that Helen believes her issues with Billy were settled when she disappeared.

    I think the fact that NO college friends tried to look for her for even a day (to our knowledge) sets off alarms. No, they hadn't known her for that long and I can't say what Id do if one of my college friends went missing. But there are a few I know I would take a week and have a looksy.

    Who the hell knows though.

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    1. Re: No friends looking. I've always been of the same opinion as well. To not search and to not speak, doesn't take a genius to figure out they're hiding something.

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    2. Good point, and one that tends to support James' theory.

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  4. Weird indeed. I suppose its evidentiary value is one level above the testimony of psychics. Outside Ohio, Canton is far better known than Kenton, so it's difficult to imagine police saying that Canton doesn't exist. And, of course, NH and Vermont would be very much the long way round for any trip from Mass. to Ohio. I think we can safely rate this one as "credibility approaches zero as a limit."

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    1. No, we can't safely rate as such.

      Going with the decoys/diversions comment below, Kenton is a good "side road" path to get to the Rausches.

      Moreover, Canton isn't really a direct route to the Rausches from New England to begin with (would make more sense to go along I-71/I-271 all the way once you get into Ohio from there, which would keep you quite a ways from Canton.)

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  5. There is a Jane Doe found in 2007 near Marion Ohio which is relatively close to Kenton Ohio. I went ahead and submitted a tip to run DNA against Maura's if they have any. Attached is the link to the artists rendering of what the Jane Doe could have looked like.
    http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Unidentified-Remains/Doe-(23)

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    1. They've already checked: https://identifyus.org/cases/4725

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    2. The case manager for this is Elizabeth Murray.

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  6. ~ this IS square one. If so, it also means BR likely aided in her departure. 'cause lotsa someonessss have gone to great lengths, conjured lotsa spin, created lotsa decoys, devised lotsa diversions, to keep M off the radar. someone with big teeth & long arms.

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    1. Exactly. Angles that have not been thoroughly checked IMO...

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  7. Maybe someone (even Maura?) contacted the Red Cross to get them to contact Billy so he would know that her disappearance was a serious emergency and to frighten him. Maura (or someone helping her) could have given them Billy's cell phone number. The Red Cross is the intermediary between families and military personnel when there is a death or family emergency----you can't just jump in the car and race out of town when you are in the military.

    "The Red Cross role is to verify the emergency, enabling the service member’s commander to make an educated decision regarding emergency leave."
    http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/emergency-communication

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    1. Why wouldn't that person just call him themselves? That scenario doesn't make much sense.

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  8. My opinion has always been that LE 's and the families relationship was poor, including the Rausches. I think that LE handled them one way in private and another way in public, the private way being poorer.

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  9. The New Hampshire State Police doth protested too much. I think it was Maura who left the message on Bill Rausch's cell phone, the reasons being: (1) Bill said it sounded like Maura whimpering; (2) Bill was very sure it was Maura; (3) It makes logical sense that Maura would phone Bill and leave this type of message, especially if she was in distress; and (4) it is unlikely the American Red Cross would leave a message for Bill that sounded like a distressed, whimpering woman.

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  10. Why would anyone delete a message that possibly could be From your girlfriend who is missing?
    Then it's Said that Bill deleted it because he couldn't bare listening to it.
    Didn't Bill delete the message before the police could hear it?

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    1. Yes. I file that along with the question, "Why would a father/family want no help in finding a missing daughter/family member?" (save for some searches early on under questionable conditions/quality of searches), "Why would they not want a book written that could keep interest in a strangely handled case alive thus possibly flushing out more info...?", "Why would most inner circle family & friends decline to comment to a person so interested in helping to find their loved one unless they are hiding something or possibly incriminating themselves or protecting a person that voluntarily disappeared?" etc etc
      One has to move beyond the "NE people are protective/secretive", "It's not fair to FM" reasoning after 12 + years. Any help or investigations or questions could possibly flush out info.

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  11. What the heck? What day would this taken place? Assuming this actually happened, did LE have some evidence of Laura heading from NH to OH after the crash? It seems preposterous that they would have just 100% made that up. Maybe they had some sort of a sighting report in Ohio...

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  12. Is Helena Peabody in addition to MuurayDwyer?

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  13. Or DwyerMurray whatever it is...

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  14. What's your opinion on that former officer's comment on her being buried in someone's foundation? Why do you think he wrote that? Or is it because of that jokester's comments that he took too seriously?

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  15. It's always difficult when someone is adamant that something isn't possible (ie ARC calling Bill), but the reality is that people forget stuff and their could be a perfectly logical reason why ARC had Bill's number.

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  16. Speaking of long lost, someone scanned microfilms of the original very first local news articles when Maura went missing. https://pearlsgratis.wordpress.com/more-documents/ (Via John Smith's blog comments).

    From Feb 13, 2004: Billy says "engaged to be engaged", whatever that means and "Everything seemed fine", right.

    It's interesting to see how quickly the family became hostile towards LE among others.

    IF Maura was voluntary missing, I don't see how her family's behavior in the press would have encouraged her to resurface.

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  17. Ancientexplorer1989June 3, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    i don't know what to make, if anything, out of this. confusing.

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  18. The commander always gets the message first if there is a Red Cross Message. It has to be serious too.

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  19. Look. The ARC phone call was exactly that. When someone requests emergency leave, or a family member requests one. The ARC has access to just about any record they need. Does anyone think that the company that Bill was part of didn't have his cell phone number? The emergency leave form is pretty thorough. To 1. Prevent people from using it improperly and 2. to assure that it can be gotten as soon as possible. The call was from ARC. It is actually that simple. Same as it was in the beginning, it is now, and ever shall be. This is not new. And has been hashed and rehashed to death like almost all of this information.

    Bill

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    1. Easton City LimitsJune 6, 2016 at 3:56 AM

      Where You been WTF, I mean WTH

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    2. The part of this that has always sat uncomfortably with me is why someone from the ARC would call & whimper on the voice mail of a missing woman's boyfriend.

      Assuming you're correct, do you believe that a) the person from the ARC was whimpering on Billy's voice mail or that b) Billy made up the whimpering part?

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    3. Exactly. Years ago, I spent a lot of time on the Websleuths forum for Maura, and I read and commented on a number of posts about this cell call. The most important part of this post is that Sharon "disputed" that the call was from Red Cross because...she didn't think it was from the Red Cross. Sometimes people was to believe things that are in fact not true. I think that's the case here.

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    4. I used to read the Maura forum on Websleuths; there was a lot of discussion about this cell call. The most important part of the post above (in my view) is that Sharon Rausch "disputed" something that she was learning in real time, supposing that the facts above about the call trace are accurate. Sometimes people refuse to believe the truth because it cuts off some avenue of hope or of entrenched belief.

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  20. Easton City LimitsJune 3, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Has anyone seen Tim Patt? Did he run away from the flock. That local seemed like he had some info.

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  21. I'm not registered on websleuths, can anyone see is peabody still active

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  22. http://nypost.com/2016/05/29/why-i-had-to-escape-my-ivy-league-life-and-disappear/

    This is an article by a young woman who was highly accomplished but felt overwhelmed by school pressures so she went off the grid for three weeks and sent family and friends into a tailspin.

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  23. This was all about spin, spin the top and make them dizzy. Now WHO would do this, Who would benefit from this statement?

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  24. On the Saturn, there is a red sticker, which I assume is the parking permit for UMASS. Maura had been at UMASS, for 2 years and was about to start her 5th semester. I'm sure by now, she had a pretty good parking spot. Has anyone checked to see how far Maura's parking space was from her dormroom and where she worked on campus at the dorm?
    Also, I was reading back on the comments on Websleuths and there was a comment about Sharon saying that "Maura had borrowed a suitcase from her at Christmas time so she could put her Christmas gifts in it." Was this suitcase found in Maura's dormroom? If so, was there anything in it?

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    1. All the parking stickers at UMASS are red with a colored bar at the top indicating which lot you could park in. I was a UMass student in spring 2004 and my sticker was for the yellow lot which was back behind the Mullins Center (I was a local resident and that was the commuter lot.)

      I seem to remember viewing Maura's sticker and the color indicated it was for the large lot at the bottom of the hill near the far side of the Southwest dormitory area on University Drive. Most resident student cars would be parked there. Kennedy is part of the Southwest complex and would not have been that long a walk from her room. Maybe 5 minutes.

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    2. Same anonymous as above...

      I found a clear photo of the sticker which was identical to mine. She had a yellow sticker which would have entitled her to park in the lot at the base of Fearing St behind the stadium, about 7 minutes from the Southwest complex on foot. The other possible lots are the ones I referenced way behind the Mullins Center at the back corner of the campus. I think it would be unlikely that she'd park there and not in Lot 11, closer to Southwest. I parked in lot 12 during my time there because it was a shorter walk to the Chemistry labs - from that lot to the student center was about a 10 minute walk. The campus is more condensed than James makes it seem from his description in his book.

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  25. and I still wonderrrrrr WHY Cecil Smith, within hrs/days of 2.09.04, said to the MEDIA, to the effect ~ if she did run away its because of the way that boyfriend treated her.... a) WHY would he say that OutLoud & b) WHO would have given him that info? has always struck me as odd.

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  26. I have a crazy theory about this. I think at the beginning her family/friends knew where she was or knew that she was disappearing voluntarily but at some point after that they really did lose track of her and her whereabouts were unknown. Or the family was under the impression that she was going underground for awhile but would resurface at perhaps some agreed upon date but then she never did. IN other words the date her family feels she went missing is not the same date we all think she went missing.

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    1. I don't think your theory is crazy at all: Far from it.

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    2. i think you might be on to something, your theory explains a lot of the family's behaviour.

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  27. I wonder where everyone's favorite troll went....... Just kidding. No I don't.

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  28. While I don't believe Atwood is involved, reading the old headlines linked above by Anonymous June 3, 2016 at 5:38 AM, something occurred to me. Maura's scent was tracked to the general vicinity of Atwood's house. Atwood stated that he drove to different locations that night to aid the police in looking for Maura. What vehicle did he drive in? Could she have been in his vehicle? What if she had passed out? Driving away would have meant that he left the scene. Not sure if this is relevant or not but just throwing it out there. If he drove away, was anyone able to confirm what he said about where he went to?

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  29. Christy - that thought's crossed my mind as well. Maybe Fred knew she was going to run, but he didn't expect this radio silence from her thereafter. If this is the case, perhaps once she went into hiding (again, assuming that's what happened - my gut still tells me she's deceased) she realized that any contact with anyone could lead law enforcement to her location.

    Maybe - as unlikely as this sounds - the accident in Haverhill was unplanned, but her disappearance wasn't. Maybe once she crashed the car and spilled alcohol everywhere, she panicked and thought, "ok, the time to disappear is NOW."

    Again, who knows. All any of us still have after 12 years are theories. I know since 2004, my theories have changed and evolved significantly. At this point, all I care about (at some point) is the release of all withheld information and openness/honesty from anyone and everyone connected to the case. If you marry those two "wishes," I'm 100% convinced we'll find out what happened to Maura.

    How nice would it be to just to have everyone that was close to Maura sit down and say, "Ok, here's everything we know. No more holding anything back," this way everyone who's trying to help has the information they need to help to the best of their ability? No one cares about whether Maura or anyone in her family has skeletons in their closet - we ALL have them - we just need everything out on the table so that the people trying to help have all of the information they need to do so. It isn't about assassination of character, it's about trying to find a person who's been missing for more than a decade.

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  30. James, thanks for turning us on to True Crime Garage. Glad they are on YOUTUBE. After much mulling, here are some thoughts I have on the case. I don't think Maura ran away willingly. She was too invested in her family, Kathleen and younger brother. Remember she tried to assuage Kathleen of any fears she might have of the relationship troubles Kathleen was having? You don't desert a sister in need. Secondly, didn't she use a photo baseball cared of her younger brother as a bookmark? Obviously she was close to that brother and wouldn't live him in the lurch, either. Now her father and Billy are different. She had problems with them. This case has me wrapped up...along with the Long Island Serial Killer murders at Gilgo Beach. I think there is more to these two cases than meets the eye. I will continue pondering and thank God for the armchair detectives because we get no news from the police!

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    1. The statements: "You don't desert a sister in need." and "... Obviously she was close to that brother and wouldn't leave him in the lurch, either. " are noble and ideal and perfect world scenario suppositions. Admirable thinking but you cannot state "you don't" or "wouldn't leave" definitively simply out of a blanket statement view of family ties. We don't know. Anything can happen. People can make rash uncomfortable unpredictable decisions in difficult situations. Voluntary disappearances have happened before and quite possibly involving tight family members. She may have disappeared willingly and then again maybe not. But there's nothing definite or obvious about it or we all would not be here in this situation.

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  31. What happened to the pay checks from the art gallery or the security job that were meant to be deposited into Maura's account only days after she disappeared? Did the police check her account for the deposits and any more activity? It would seem weird to go "missing" with only $280 when 50 of that went on alcohol - she couldn't even afford accommodation by herself (especially after fuel expenses). Why wouldn't she wait a day or two (I read the checks were due only a day or two after she disappeared) and then leave with more money? Did she transfer the checks, is it still on her account, did she redirect the checks before she left? (mail them instead of direct deposit etc). Great blog!

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  32. After reading the book, which was great, isn't it fairly obvious in the way it ended, that she is alive and well in Canada? Spoiled brat who didn't want to face the legal music ran away with the help of daddy's cash. end of story?

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