Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Unidentified Phone Number

The day that Maura disappeared, before she left campus, she made a number of calls trying to find lodging in New Hampshire and Vermont. But she also made one call to a local number on campus that has yet to be identified (and it doesn't appear in the student directory that was recently shared online).

That number was 413-546-1466.

It was suggested this was the phone number for the UMass messaging service but I have not been able to confirm that.

So... who can figure it out. Where did this number go to in 2004?

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  1. Landline in Amherst,MA. It may have been the messaging center.

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  2. The line was initially opened in 1994. Currently it is at an address that belongs to an Italian food place. They have only been opened a year. And the year previous it was not occupied. Before that it was another food joint. Not sure if that helps.

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  3. Check your local NSA office. Do you know where it is? :-)

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  4. Well, I just called the phone number, and it goes straight to the UMASS Residential Phone System, so Maura *was* calling somebody on campus. It could have been anybody who resided on campus.

    I guess a process of elimination might get us part way there. Kate and Sara lived on campus. Did Hoss live off campus?

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    1. Interesting, the comment above you said it was an Italian restaurant. She must be mistaken then.

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    2. Grew up in Amherst. The 546 exchange is almost exclusively UMass and based on the number it is a number in the Southwest complex or nearby. At least back then, this was someone's dorm phone, possibly her own though I would think that would have been easy to identify.

      I googled just to make sure I was remembering numbers correctly and the switch for that number is Fearing St, right next to Southwest residential area. Almost certainly is a dorm phone.

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    3. Yes, she was mistaken.

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    4. Just an aside, my cell # which I once used for business purposes is listed for several downtown establishments where I live but on a site that is relatively low in search rankings. I think it's because I had a couple calls once from India call centers that asked me to confirm my name, business address and cell # and before I could ask their purpose they would quickly hang up. I think they were getting paid by "confirmed" listing and that's how my number ended up listed for other businesses in the same building. Just a theory but may explain why findings numbers online isn't an exact science.

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  5. Well it's a landline currently though 2004 was pre-smart phone so that means nothing. STILL, most had cell phones so maybe the landline is significant.

    Random, but Part of me thinks that that longish block of time when she made no calls was a time when she was WITHOUT her phone. When I was in college, a few times I left my phone at people's homes, One time at a party. I was her age then. Its kind of strange a person in their early 20s goes that long without using their cell phone - unless she left it somewhere.

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  6. So I suppose if you were to call this residential dorm # and you knew someone elses mailbox # you would be able to retrieve their messages as well.

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    1. No. I had a Umass phone number in 2004.To check the residential voicemail you had to dial 413-546-2000 then enter your 5 digit number and a 6 digit passcode. You didn't call your own number to check voicemail. This was someone's dorm room phone.

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    2. I checked out the phone system in 2004 at UMass. They could forward calls to another room, along a lot of other messaging options on their dorm room phones. The admin and emergency phone systems were updated on July 9, 2004 and on one other day that summer. The residential phone system was not changed. All phone numbers with the prefix ending in *six* are residential numbers. Example: XXX-XX6-XXXX, as in the Residential Phone System number I called in the above post. Five and seven are used for other phone systems on campus, like admin or emergency.
      I'm guessing that the two preceding numbers would be for the dorm building(ie.Kennedy), and the last four numbers are for the dorm room. Thoughts?

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    3. Yes, they caution students to not give out their pass code for messages. The students make up their own passcodes and are charged if they forget their pass codes or want them changed.

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    4. @9:37pm anonymous.

      The prefix 54 as in 546 isn't building specific. It's one of the Amherst prefixes - 549 is a common phone number for residences in the North Amherst area. All Umass residential numbers began with 546 and 545 was offices/academic buildings.

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    5. Ok, thanks for the info.

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  7. Hmmm ... how can this "landline" be currently used by two different parties? Did somebody dial a wrong number? Did Maura?

    Anyway ... JR, I saw your Reddit post regarding this and I'd try the campus librarian. Maybe they can help.

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  8. Did her previous call records show she called this number before or was this the only time?

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    1. She probably used it when she didn't know another student's number, but she was pinching pennies, and the students are billed for using their dorm room phones, so I think she would probably use her cell phone more often. The students supply their own dorm room phone, and it's mandatory they have one so they are hooked up the the UMass emergency phone system.

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  9. Just called the number and received a message saying the user is not available and is not accepting messages

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  10. I just called the number and received a recording stating " the user is unavailable and is not accepting messages" then I got a recording stating "welcome to the university of Massachusetts Amherst Residential System" I was given the option to reach my party by dialing their 5 digit number or check my own messages. Pretty obvious she was either checking her own messages or calling someone who lived on the Amherst Campus

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  11. Landline thru Verizon New England located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus

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  12. Somewhere it was mentioned that Maura left her phone during that Saturday nite party. So I think it may have never got back to Maura, as there didn't seem to be any calls of useful info after that nite. She had to use her Dad's phone to call Billy at 5am Sunday morn at the hotel.I think its possible that she either 1) never got it back, or 2)someone else may have had it and had been checking to see if anyone was looking for her. Then it was dumped, possibly along with her.....

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    1. I think Fred said that he spoke to Maura on Sunday night. I think he reminded her to get a police report regarding her accident with his car. So I'm wondering what phone she used to speak to Fred.
      Also, how did she call AAA after the accident?
      It's possible she had another cell phone for privacy because hers was on Billy's plan according to Sharon R.

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    2. Well whomever was driving her car had the phone because we know about the Londonderry ping. So, if she did leave her cell phone at the party or somewhere (which seems she did, using her dads cell at the hotel) then when did she retrieve it and where and that means she talked to someone the day "she" left. Summing it up, there has to be people that know something.

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    3. I'm assuming the cop who let her go without a DUI or ticket called the towing company. I just don't understand how he could let a young woman who had been drinking go without a DUI or ticket., and then go with the tow truck operator. That puts the PD in a legally precarious position. Did she know him?

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    4. Anonymous September 19, 2016 at 3:45 PM, now that is a good question. Could Maura have known that officer and if so, how and what was the nature of their relationship?

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  13. Yes, it's a landline. Phone numbers like that don't tend to change. Colleges, professional offices, etc. keep their same landline phone numbers for decades.

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  14. I'm not in the States at the moment so I can't look into this myself, but I wonder if any libraries keep old phone books archived?

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  15. someone suggested way back Maura may have been changing her own message

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  16. I feel like an idiot asking this, but ... what is a messaging service?

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  17. Did the police Check Maura's messages on the UMASS answering service?
    Could Maura of been checking her own messages? Perhaps, she was waiting on someone to leave a message for her.
    Could it be the girl (Erin) that Maura had called to return the scrubs to?

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  18. James, I don't know where else to put this, but as I was looking into the phone system, I discovered something that may be of importance. The weekend before the day of Maura's breakdown at work was Super Bowl Sunday. Boston won, and there was a massive party outside of Kennedy Hall. Cops in riot gear and also on horseback. Arrests made. Could Maura have been caught up in something sinister on Super Bowl Sunday?

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    1. Probably not. I was there that night for that party and it was the usual drunken revelry and it was a pretty crazy gathering but it was more vandalism and crowd issues than violence or anything nefarious.

      I think this one is a reach. People were arrested for being drunk and disorderly and we would know by now if she had been arrested for some reason that day. She was probably there (who wasn't? I didn't even live on campus and I was there) but doubtful it was in any way related.

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    2. I was thinking more along the lines of drug distribution or prostitution, something like that, but it's good to know somebody who actually was there and saw what was going on. Thanks!

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  19. All I could find was that it came back to Converse Hall on the U Mass Amherst campus.

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  20. Converse Hall housed the Office Of Student Affairs, the Economics Dept, the Office of Human Resources and Public Affairs, and the Dean of Students. In 2013, it was renovated and offices were reshuffled. Hmmm, who would she be calling there? Human Resources,something to do with her two jobs? Calling to say she was leaving for a week?

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  21. I just called that number and it was a message service for students to use, to contact each other.

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