Maura Murray: Found?
Remember Maura Murray? That missing woman that I’ve been obsessed with for years?
Her dad is convinced that he knows where she is.
For those that don’t remember, I featured her in this blog post where I talked about her case. I also talked about the book that was written about her case, True Crime Addict by James Renner. Renner has, as of December, stopped discussing her case and took his blog down. He stated that he was tired of all the harassment and hate mail.
Just a quick refresher: 21-year-old Maura Murray disappeared on the evening of February 9, 2004 after crashing her car in a rural area of New Hampshire. On the day of her disappearance, she emailed her professors and supervisor saying that she had a family emergency and needed to a take a week off (her family could not corroborate her story).
At 7:27 p.m. a woman reported a car accident on Route 112 near her home. By the time the police arrived at 7:46, the driver of the car was gone. The driver, of course, was Maura.
There were no signs of foul play and it appeared that she had made preparations for the trip, causing officers to speculate that she left campus, just wanting to get away. Before going missing, she had performed internet searches for driving directions to Vermont and had called to inquire about a condo rental in New Hampshire. She withdrew $280 from her account before leaving. She also stopped at a liquor store and spent $40 on alcohol, some of which was found in the locked car.
This case is SO not cut and dried, though. She had gotten in trouble for credit card fraud. She had recently crashed her father’s car and had sort of a *weird* relationship with him (he doesn’t like to be interviewed about the case very often). She was seen hanging up the phone in her dorm while crying before she left. She never told anyone why she was upset.
Maura’s father, Fred, stated that in the first year following her disappearance, locals suggested that a man and his family that lived in a home near the accident scene were responsible for her death. The inside of this home was never originally searched. There is now a new homeowner and this homeowner has given permission for the house to be searched.
In November and December 2018, Fred brought cadaver dogs into the house and, on two separate occasions, each dog alerted and was seen lying down in the same spots in the basement of the house. According to the Whitman-Hanson Express, ground-penetrating radar was used and it was indicated that some sort of abnormality was found. After Maura went missing, locals reported that new concrete was poured in the basement.
Fred is convinced that there is a body in that basement and that that body is Maura’s. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office reported that they are aware of the allegations, that the area was previously searched and that they are considering next steps.
Stay tuned. I will keep you posted. If you hear anything new, pass it along!