Disappearance Murray
Disappearance Murray
Maura Murray disappeared on February 9, 2004, after a one-car accident on New Hampshire Route 112 in Haverhill, New Hampshire. Murray, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, left campus on the afternoon of her disappearance after telling her professors and her work supervisor by e-mail that she was taking a week off because of a family emergency.
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    TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 26
    Maura's case was one of many cited by proponents of a cold case unit for New Hampshire. Her case was added to the newly established cold case unit in late 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    The Arkansas group Let's Bring Them Home offered a $75,000 reward in 2007 for information that could solve her disappearance.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2008, volunteers led another two-day search through wooded areas in Haverhill. The group consisted of dog teams and licensed private investigators. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said in February 2009 that the investigation is still active. "We don't know if Maura is a victim, but the state is treating it as a potential homicide. It may be a missing-persons case, but it's being handled as a criminal investigation." An episode of 20/20 compared Maura's case to that of Brooke Wilberger, who went missing in Oregon a few months after Maura's disappearance and was later found murdered. Maura's disappearance is often compared to the disappearance of Brianna Maitland, who also apparently abandoned her car near Montgomery, Vermont, away from Maura's last sighting, about a month after Maura's crash in Woodsville. She was referenced in two episodes on Disappeared, in both Season 1 (episode 6) and Season 4 (episode 7).
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In October 2006, volunteers led a two-day search within a few miles of where Maura's vehicle was found.
    More Details Hide Details In the closet of an A-frame house, cadaver dogs allegedly went "bonkers", identifying the possible presence of human remains. A sample of the carpet was sent to the New Hampshire State Police, but results were never released.
    The New Hampshire League of Investigators, ten retired police officers and detectives, and the Molly Bish Foundation started working on Maura's case in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Tom Shamshak, a former police chief and a member of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts, said, "It appears... that this is something beyond a mere missing persons case. Something ominous could have happened here."
  • 2005
    Age 22
    In late 2005, Maura's father filed suit against several law enforcement agencies, with the aim of seeing files on the case.
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    On the anniversary of her disappearance, a service was held where Maura's car was found, and her father met briefly with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. In June 2005, police dismissed any connection between Maura's case and that of Brianna Maitland, and retrieved the items found in Maura's vehicle from her family.
    More Details Hide Details In July, another search was conducted around the area in which Maura's car was discovered.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    Toward the end of 2004, a man allegedly gave Maura's father a rusty, stained knife that belonged to the man's brother, who had a criminal past and lived less than a mile from where Maura's car was discovered.
    More Details Hide Details His brother and his brother's girlfriend were said to have acted strangely after Maura's disappearance.
    Her father petitioned New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson for help in the search. and appeared on The Montel Williams Show in November 2004 to publicize the case.
    More Details Hide Details It has been speculated that Maura's disappearance is linked to her improper use of a credit card, as both car accidents (in Hadley and Haverhill thirty-eight hours later) involved alcohol and occurred less than three months after the continuance. Her family disputes the connection.
    On Thursday, February 5, 2004, around 10:30 pm, Maura spoke on the phone with her older sister Kathleen while on break from her campus job.
    More Details Hide Details They discussed Kathleen's relationship problems with her fiance. Hours later, still on her shift, Maura broke down into tears. Her supervisor escorted her back to her dorm room around 1:20 am. Maura apparently did not share with anyone the reason for her breakdown. On Saturday, February 7, Maura's father Fred Murray arrived in Amherst. That afternoon they allegedly shopped for a used car and later went to dinner with a friend of Maura's. Maura dropped her father off at his motel room and, borrowing his Toyota Corolla, returned to the campus to attend a dorm party with her friend. At 2:30 am, she left the party and drove the Corolla with the intention of returning it to her father. At 3:30 am, en route to his motel, she struck a guardrail on Route 9 in Hadley. The police questioned her but didn't file charges or administer a sobriety test. She was driven back to her father's motel and stayed in his room the rest of the night. At 4:49 am, she called her boyfriend in Oklahoma to discuss the accident.
  • 2003
    Age 20
    In November 2003, three months before her disappearance, Maura was arrested for using a stolen credit card.
    More Details Hide Details The charge was continued in December to be dismissed after three months' good behavior.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on May 4, 1982.
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