Friday, January 26, 2018

Guest Post: A Closer Look at Maura's Cell Phone Records

A search last month of Maura Murray's final cell phone calls revealed two separate calls to the home of a woman who investigated child abuse claims in the Weymouth area. The woman still lives there, and though she doesn't remember Maura, she believes the only reason she would have called their home is related to one of her investigations. She sometimes gave her personal number to children. She was no longer a social worker in 2004, but was actively investigating cases in the neighborhood when Maura was a teenager.

In light of this I wanted to take a fresh look at the rest of Maura's calls in the weeks leading to her disappearance. I asked a frequent reader - one of the "Irregulars" - to research and backtrack every number. She prefers to go by Mara S. Walker. Here are her findings:

mBreakdown:  Maura’s Cell Phone Records:

First and foremost, thank you to James, as well as such an incredibly loyal following for allowing me to step in and guest blog. Helping to solve this case and provide answers for the Murray family has always been my goal, and using my talents in research and a background in forensics makes me fortunate to be able to hopefully contribute to finding Maura and bringing her home.

Lucky for me, I was able to obtain the phone numbers, through legal means, of each close family member and confidante relevant to the case/in Maura’s life. Going through the pages, able to eliminate the contact info of those closest to her, I was able to list numbers and check each individually for any usable trace information. I will not spend time here listing each individual call, but rather the anomalies I found while background checking the flagged calls that stood out.  Please note; if particular calls are not mentioned, it is because they are correctly identified as far as I could confirm, and, thus, require no further discussion on my end.

Call #11 is tied to a name in Plymouth Ma - Alexander *****.  It is a Verizon dedicated New England number, and this is good news as this carrier tends to keep cell records for many many years, (which I know from personal experience).  Said individual listed on multiple sites, apparently has a record with local police based in Manomet, MA (which is in the area of Plymouth) for somewhat odd behavior. Now, if this person has been in possession of this number since the time frame of Maura’s disappearance, it would be interesting to find out why this individual was called by her and what he remembers regarding any communication with her.

Call #82 is based in Holyoke, Ma which is in the western part of the state above Chicopee just below Amherst MA, where UMASS is located. A search on FB confirmed there was a person listed from Holyoke matching the name noted on the bill, Ryan *****. He appears, if I am looking at the correct person, to be of similar age to Maura, and by his profile picture, also enjoys outdoor recreation such as skiing which is relevant when you think about how many ski resorts were in the area where Maura crashed, as well as around where she was allegedly headed, by her family and the police.

Those were the two major red flag items for me, as the others all appear to be relatively “normal” both for her calling patterns as well as when you think about who was in her life at that time that we are aware of. Example, there is #142, which is a Ft. Sill number and makes sense when you know Bill, her boyfriend worked for them. Also, toward the end of her bill it appears there are a few calls on the day she disappeared that have numbers outgoing to UMASS student voice mails. I would then assume she was calling the friend who’s scrubs she ended up dropping off before leaving.

I can not tell anyone what to derive from these records, or from my information, all I hope to do by pointing out these odd interactions is maybe jogging someones memory regarding relationships even of the casual nature in her life, that may lead to opening more doors toward an answer, and closing more behind us always moving forward.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bill Rausch Loses Job, Got Your Six May Shutter Following Sex Assault Allegations

This just in:

Bill Rausch - Maura Murray's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance - has lost his job as Exec Director of Got Your Six, following allegations of sex assault and harassment in D.C. going back to his time with Ray Group International and IAVA.

They have allowed him to announce his exit on the Friday before a holiday, which all but assures limited media fallout. In a message Bill sent at 10:30 this morning, he makes no mention of the sexual assault allegations but says, only, "this will be my last month..." as part of Got Your Six.

Staff members Lauren Augustine, Cathleen Pearl, and Mark Szymanski were contacted over the last month. No one has officially commented on the matter.

Rausch's email to colleagues spins his departure as a restructuring. But an email I received from a donor suggests it is in fact related to the allegations of sex assault that has plagued him since two women told their stories on this blog in November.