Friday, September 23, 2016

The Unfound Clue

Just a reminder that nobody has yet successfully traveled to the coordinates off Desolation Trail, where Maura's body is alleged to be found, according to an anonymous email I received several years ago. The weather is about to turn, again, and soon the location will be under snow.

Click here for more on that story and the coordinates.

Do not try this if you are not an experienced hiker. Do not go alone. Be aware that there might be a goddamn bear trap or something left there for me.

And please provide evidence in photographs and gps data if you go.

40 comments:

  1. I agree. This one needs to be put to rest.

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  2. Was the email sent to the NH CCU and if so what became of it?

    Why don't you hire someone experienced to make the trek to the spot. Maybe this is the next step if you feel that this is a real clue. I personally think it is nothing more than a troll with a sick sense of humor, but that's just me.

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  3. Where's the wealthy internet sleuth with a helicopter that can get flied out, rappel down under the canopy, and check it out?

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  4. I've bushwhacked through that exact location... back in May, 2006, I believe. It is thick and nasty spruce woods... we were making a rate of about 1/3 to 1/4 mile per hour. I can't imagine anyone getting a body to that location as it's about 7 miles from the closest trail head plus the off-trail bushwhacking with a body would be nearly impossible. The woods in the Desolation area are among the worst in all the White Mountains; I've been there twice and I'll never ever go again. Both times I was trying to bushwhack to the little peak in the area called THe Captain but I never made it either time (though I did go to that little remote Carrigain Pond, which is a nice location).

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  5. Hikers proudly post things about their hikes on a daily basis. Have you checked for any hikers who have gone there? I'm sure there were daily hikers in that area in hiking season.

    I think we have to take this like we take all the other "clues." as a sick joke.

    I'd love to know the person who sends stuff like this, and haunts people who visit the area, even hacks email.

    This leads me to believe DANGEROUS, smart people are at work and she fell into their hands.

    Or its just a crazy dude like the guy who claimed he killed jonbenet.

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  6. Matt Wilson ‏@vasocreta 22 May 2015
    Overnight up Mt. Carrigain is the goal this weekend. Via Desolation Trail.
    Now, to hammock or to tent? That is the question.
    Thoughts?

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  7. One big reason I am against the runaway theory is this:

    "At some point in the day she obtained Registry of Motor Vehicle accident report forms, as they were later found in her car"

    Why would she bother spending the time doing this if she had plans to create a new life?

    I think the booze purchases, the calls to rental places and not wanting to talk to anyone means she needed some time to figure shit out. Something most college students feel at one point or another. I think you're correct to think that cabin was a destination.

    Still i will mention here that it is odd how the NH cop alluded to Billy being a jerk, something her father wouldn't have said, something only she would've said. Who else would inform him of that?

    Did a cop give her a ride somewhere safe? Is that why thoe eyewitnesses at the crash scene a re close-lipped? That would make Fred NUTS and start blaming...

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    1. It's true she had the forms, but she apparently wasn't giving them to Fred, at least not for another week.

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    2. To add, the facebook page family member said she had talked about transferring colleges.

      To go with this, maybe her plans were to have some fun with her college friends and to forget her troubles, then return and start the process of fixing her life and transferring schools?

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    3. The witnesses at the crime scene were quite forthcoming, if you look at some of the first newspaper reports about her disappearance.

      The stopped talking when people started accusing them of horrible crimes without anything more than a feeling. What would you do if you witnessed an accident and did the right thing by reporting it, only to be accused by a group of strangers of horrible crimes against the accident victim? Would you still be willing to discuss the situation? I sure wouldn't.

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  8. Why does wiki say she crashed in New Haverhill? Wasn't she in Woodsville? 112 doesn't go to new haverhill does it? both are near 91 with W being more north.

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  9. Random thought.

    Would she have needed directions to her destination?

    Say she was headed to the cabin. Wouldn't she have needed directions to it?

    Where are those? This wasn't the time of GPS and keeping notes in phones. She would've written directions down.

    This compliments the tandem driver. A. Either she was following them, they noticed her not behind them and turned around to see why and picked her up. B. She was leading, crashed, the other car came up, she grabber the directions an got in. Given the 7 minutes though, it's more realistic she was following and then she wasn't, prompting a turnaround.

    You'd think if she were following a witness would've noted another car driving by, then driving back.

    Nothing about this case isn't weird.

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  10. I looked at some of my maps to refresh my memory a little. Mt. Carrigain is a fairly popular 4000' mountain in the Whites with two trails going to the top: The Signal Ridge Trail and the Desolation Trail. People generally exclusively use the Desolation Trail when they make a loop with the Signal Ridge Trail. The Desolation Trail generally follows the spine of that small ridge that you see from the link that is posted. If the GPS coordinate is to be believed, it's probably not that far off trail although, as I mentioned, the spruce woods are thick and insanely nasty. Also, the location is at about 3000' which means that if someone took a body up there they'd have about 800' of climbing from the trail junction alone. And the Desolation Trail is steep and rough.

    If someone was going to hide a body my guess is a better location would be the Carrigain Bowl area just to the South: it's fairly large and the woods can be thick but it's criss crossed by logging roads both old and new so it's a little more accessible.

    The whole area around Mt. Carrigain and Mt. Hancock is extremely wild and wonderful and also miserable at the same time. I doubt that you'll find any clues for any crimes, however. It's just too inaccessible and difficult, particularly in winter where it receives very little visitors.

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    1. Add to the fact that is was Febuary when Maura disappeared. If Maura came to the white mountains to commit suicide alone and did somewhere. How would anyone else know about it? If she was harmed by a one time killer why would that person hike to that location with Maura's body in tow? They would have dumped her body somewhere where it required little effort. The new boyfriend angle may make some sence. After the accident she meets up with this person and goes out hiking with him. Something happens and Maura dies. So, if that is true. The person who is taunting us is the boyfriend and likely the killer. However, I think that is also illogical. If this person got away with murder, he is not going to be on the internet making these claims. Some one is just pulling our chain.

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    2. That's just it. IF and only if someone took her there, would they do it in WINTER? As you said, that trail isn't easy and winter hiking presents problems.

      I kind of think someone did kill her at some point that night. I also think it's likely someone connected to it is taunting the sleuths. People who murder are either stupid or cunning and cover tracks well. Meaning they know how to remain anonymous.

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  11. I would absolutely love to do this with a group of people. Unfortunately, I'm in the UK :-(

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  12. Just happened to watch ID TV and saw a local story here in NJ on the John List case. Back in 1971 he murdered his family and then disappeared for almost 20 years until he was finally caught. So if it was possible in 1971 to get a new identity and disappear from LE for 20 yrs in 2004 I think he may be much easier...... just saying

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    1. "So if it was possible in 1971 to get a new identity and disappear from LE for 20 yrs in 2004 I think he may be much easier...... just saying"

      I'm not sure how you figure that. Back in 1971, there was no internet, no high definition cameras, etc. Someone could disappear and mainly go unnoticed except to maybe the local area, because there wasn't the rapid communication we have today.

      Even in 2004, if someone disappeared, with the internet, that person's face could be plastered on multiple news sites instantly, which reaches people all over the globe.

      So no, it wouldn't have been easier to disappear in 2004, it'd be much harder.

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  13. A young,truly experienced hiker, by taking the right trail and using GPS, can "easily" get there and back in one day. I know, because as a young man (age 24) I was on the US Forest Service trail crews in that area and am an avid long distance bushwhacker off-trail.

    That said, the spot indicated is a very unlikely place to find her body. I believe it was chosen at random as a joke.

    Also, I seriously doubt someone carried a bear trap to that location as these trapsare very large and heavy. There could be a trap of another sort, though - a covered pit with sharp stakes, for example. This would be easy to make from materials found at the site.



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  14. I would fly a drone over that place rather than hike there.

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    1. That's what I was thinking I thought a drone was perfect

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    2. Yeah, a drone, that's a great way to find a body in a forest...if it's impaled on top of a tree.

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    3. And there's the voice of reason we rarely see in these comments!

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  15. Could this be a geocaching coordinate? Probably just some troll with not much time on their hands posting a geocaching coordinate lol I dont know. Seems more plausible than to be the destination point of mauras body.

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  16. You don't think it's the same sick person who stalked and hacked the podcasters?

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  17. Maybe it's just me but does anyone else think that Bill's wife bears a creepily striking resemblance to Maura?

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    1. Most people have types. She was pretty generic to be honest.

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    2. Could you post a link to a picture of her?

      I don't think it's that weird, though, for a guy to be attracted to women who have a certain appearance.

      Furthermore, MM had an extremely common-looking face. There are probably thousands of women who look like her in America today. This is another reason why I don't pay much attention to all these "credible sightings" of her.

      In any case, I'm pretty certain she's not Maura.

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    3. I was not implying that she is Maura I just think it is a bit creepy almost like he never got over her so he married a woman who bears a strong resemblance to her. I'd rather not post his wife's picture on here without permission but it can be found online if you look. Bill Rausch is quite involved in politics nowadays and a simple google search should do the trick

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  18. I don't know if this clue is valid or not, but I will thank in advance anyone who is willing or able to check this out. PLEASE be careful and stay safe!!!!! Please don't go it alone and make sure you have all the gear you might need.

    While it might not be an easy place to drag a body to, it *could* be a place that someone could trek to with someone they had kidnapped.

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  19. Not sure if any of you are familiar with the Johnny gosch case. But there are similarities with what Peabody talked about. How the LE didn't want to start their search right away, and didn't want to work with the FBI even though they offered to get involved. What if there's something they are covering? There was mentioning of her being attracted to men with power. What if Maura got attracted and involved with someone with more power than anyone knows and that's why she left? And after she left they/that person got their hands on her?

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  20. i thought about the drone thing too, but i believe the canopy would be so thick that it would be useless as you wouldn't get a good look into what if anything is actually on the ground in that location. and commercially available hobby drones have a low battery life of usually 10-20 minutes. so you'd have to do some considerable hiking to even get it to the location you want to scan.

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  21. James, I have followed your work for many years and appreciate everything you have done with this case. Without you this case would be nowhere near where it is now in the public eyes... That being said I wish you wouldn't use The Lord Gods name like that with the word damn in such a public forum like this. Take care and thanks for all of your hard work.

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    1. *groan* does it ever get cold up there on the moral high ground?

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    2. The Lord's name is Yahweh, not god. The word "god" is a generic title for any deity and therefore "goddamn" is not in anyway sacrilegious.

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  22. Two skulls found together in Boston, possibly medical specimens but considered significant until identified. One fit Maura's stats.

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8992

    ME/C Case Number: Boston PD # 100669075 / ME # 10-25368B
    Suffolk County, Massachusetts
    17 to 25 year old White Female

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  23. Has anyone seen this link?

    http://thebarchive.com/b/thread/650461642

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  24. Considering her recent accident with her dad's car, the fact that she was on probation with the credit card theft issue and that the night she went missing she was most likely drinking and driving, I think she left on her own. She just made matters worse in her life, so why not start over.

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  25. Heck of a place to carry a body to or to force someone to hike to. You'd have to be sure you would encounter no other people and that your victim would not run from you. Seems unlikely. A lot wrong with this scenario.

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  26. The more you learn
    the less you know,
    certain things are not for show.
    Between hart and liver
    lies the truth,
    Mr Bond calls up every sleuth.
    Years are gold
    to the lost and found:
    stillwater truly makes no sound.

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