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« on: November 29, 2019, 02:50:05 pm »
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We actually have 285 articles. Some of the articles span over a number of posts

If you want to view or print out a particular article on its own - you can accomplish this it one of two ways:

1. Go to the Newspaper Index: https://mauramurray.createaforum.com/indexes/printed-media-index-newspapers-transcriptions-other-part-1/
...and click on the link of the particular article

or

2. Click on the name of the post and and make note of the message number in the link.

Example: https://mauramurray.createaforum.com/evidence/newspaper-articles-57/msg389/#msg389 ...change the above link by removing msg389/#msg389 and adding ?message=389 to the end of the link. In this example, the link will end up being changed to: https://mauramurray.createaforum.com/evidence/newspaper-articles-57?message=389 At that point you can print out the particular article. 

Potentially Missing Articles

There are at least 19 Patriot Ledger that I can't find, but I know exist, but can't find, listed below. There are also 4 from the Valley News (White River Junction) that I haven't looked for yet and 1 from Concord Monitor - also listed below. A few potentials from old forum and elsewhere, not all listed below.

Remaining known items not in...I suspect some are duplicates...

  • Father Still After Police For Records; Prosecutor: Maura Murray Case Could Result in Charges; Mark Davis. Valley News. White River Junction, Vt.: April 14, 2007. p. A.2
  • Who Gets to Know What’s Going On?; Mark Davis. Valley News. White River Junction, Vt.: November 15, 2006. p. A.1
  • Father of Missing Woman Sues for Records; David Corriveau. Valley News. White River Junction, Vt.: January 19, 2006. p. A.2
  • Girl’s family searches for closure; Maura Murray ran off road, vanished in 2004 Lisa Arsenault. Concord Monitor. Concord, N.H.: Oct 22, 2006. p. B.1
  • Judge will rule on release of files on missing student; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: January 19, 2006. p. 11 (Not found where expected)
  • Year in Review 2004; In Hanson: A year of wondering what happened to Maura; Courtney Hollands. The Patriot Ledger.Quincy, Mass.: Dec 31, 2004. p. 15 (Not found where expected)
  • Show will air case of missing woman; Erin Williams. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Nov 23, 2004. p. 14 (Not found where expected)
  • Missing woman seen victim of serial killer; Maura Murray case is examined in new book by criminologist; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Sep 11, 2004. p. 21 (Not found where expected)
  • Mother rejects theory that daughter is runaway; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Jun 11, 2004. p. 13 (Not found where expected)
  • Ceremony Sunday for missing student; Joe McGee. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Apr 30, 2004. p. 14 (Not found where expected)
  • Trespass Warning Ires Mother of Missing Student; N.H. chief responds to local complaints; Paysha Stockton. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Apr 16, 2004. p. 9 (Not found where expected)
  • Psychic contacted on missing student; Jessica Van Sack, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Apr 12, 2004. p. 9 (Not found where expected)
  • Still no clues in student’s disappearance; Family seeks more public interest; TV series rejects request; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Apr 10, 2004. p. 17 (Not found where expected)
  • Missing-student reward increased; Patriot Ledger staff The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Apr 5, 2004. p. 13 (Not found where expected)
  • ’Holding out hope’ in N.H. disappearance; No link to clothing item discovered along road; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Mar 25, 2004. p. 11 (Not found where expected)
  • State police crime lab -testing underwear found on roadside; Joe McGee. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 28, 2004. p. 8 (Not found where expected)
  • Vigil in Hanson tomorrow for missing student; Patriot Ledger staff. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 26, 2004. p. 13 (Not found where expected)
  • Missing student’s family isn’t quitting; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 25, 2004. p. 9 (Not found where expected)
  • Police resume search for missing Hanson woman; Jen Wagner. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 19, 2004. p. 2 (Not found where expected)
  • Missing woman’s family suspects foul play; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 18, 2004. p. 9 (Not found where expected)
  • New Hampshire police end search for woman; Hanson student, 21, had fled scene of car crash; no sign of foul play; Joe McGee, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 14, 2004. p. 19 (Not found where expected)
  • Hanson woman missing in N.H.; College student was in 1-car accident; Don Conkey, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 13, 2004. p. 14 (Not found where expected)
  • N.H. police seek Hanson woman who disappeared; Don Conkey. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Feb 13, 2004. p. 2 (Not found where expected)
  • Kimble, James A. (May 1, 2009). "NH may get cold case unit". The Eagle Tribune. (Dead link)
  • "Vanished: Missing Co-eds" (July 15, 2009) 20/20 MSN. (Dead link)

Possibly more?
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 04:27:43 pm »
The Caledonian-Record February 12, 2004

Haverhill - Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Woman

Gary E. Lindsley

Haverhill police officials have issued a plea for the public's help in locating a missing 21-year-old Massachusetts woman.

The woman, Maura Murray of Hanson, may be suicidal, according to a press release by Police Chief Jeffrey Williams.

Police began their search after they responded to a one-car accident on Wild Ammonoosuc Road in Woodsville, Monday.

When officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they found an abandoned, black 1996 Saturn bearing Massachusetts plates.

A search of the area for Murray by local police, New Hampshire State Police and emergency medical services personnel came up empty.

Witnesses who saw the accident told police they had seen a lone woman. They also said that it didn't appear that the woman had been injured in the accident.

When asked if she needed help or the police, she reportedly said, "No." She left the scene before police and EMS arrived.

Murray was last seen wearing jeans and a dark colored coat. She is a white female with brown, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.

Police say an intensive search is under way and is being conducted by the Haverhill Police Department, Troop F and New Hampshire Fish and Game.

A New Hampshire State Police helicopter also is taking part in the search.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen a woman matching Murray's description Monday near the accident scene at about 7 p.m. to contact them.

Additionally, anyone seeing her since the night of the accident should call the Haverhill Police Department at 603-787-2222.

Police believe Murray may be headed to the Kancamagus Highway area.

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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2019, 04:28:27 pm »


New Hampshire Union Leader

February 12, 2004

Search under way for missing woman

By Lorna Colquhoun

HAVERHILL -- A search is under way for a Massachusetts woman who has not been seen since a car accident Monday night in a remote area of Woodsville.

Haverhill Police Chief Jeff Williams said foul play is not suspected, but there is concern about the whereabouts of Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson, Mass. She is described as "possibly suicidal."

Yesterday, local and state police, including the state police helicopter, as well as Fish and Game conservation officers, searched the area in which Murray was last seen, but had not located her.

Just before 7 p.m. Monday, Haverhill police responded to a report of a single-car accident on the sparsely populated Wild Ammonoosuc Road, where Route 112 follows the Wild Ammonoosuc River.

By the time an officer arrived, Murray's 1996 black Saturn sedan with a Massachusetts registration was abandoned.

Murray is 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and a dark coat.

Haverhill police are asking anyone who might have seen Murray at any time since about 7 p.m. on Monday to call 787-2222.


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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2019, 04:57:41 pm »
The New Hampshire Union Leader

February 13, 2004

Family searches northern NH for woman

By Lorna Colquhoun

Haverhill, NH -- A worried family fanned out across northern New Hampshire yesterday in search of a young woman who vanished after a minor car accident Monday night.

Maura Murray, 21, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has not been seen since her car went off Route 112 Monday in the Wild Ammonoosuc area of Woodsville. Witnesses called police after the accident, but she disappeared before an officer arrived. A search followed that night, but there was no sign of Murray.

On Wednesday, local and state police, including the state police helicopter and Fish and Game conservation officers, searched the remote area of Route 112, but found no sign of her.

“This is very unusual" said Fred Murray, her father. “It's not like her to just take off."

Family members, including her brothers and sister, as well as her boyfriend, Bill Rausch, who flew in from Oklahoma when she was reported missing, fanned out from Haverhill to Lincoln, across the Kancamagus Highway to Conway and Bartlett, putting up flyers along the way, in the hope that someone may have seen her in the days since Monday.

Their search has been concentrated in the White Mountains, since Murray and her family have vacationed in the Lincoln and Conway areas for years.

"We went to every spot we thought she might go to hotels and motels and put up flyers," Bill Rausch said.

But so far, their efforts have come up empty.

The only thing they do have to go on is a call Bill Rausch received on cell phone after he flew back to Massachusetts late Tuesday.

There was just someone breathing on the other end, and the number was unknown, said Bill Rausch, who is planning to ask Murray to marry him. “I tried calling the number back, but it turned out to be a (number for a) phone card."

Police were attempting to track down from where the card may have come, he said.

Haverhill police Chief Jeff Williams said Wednesday that there doesn't appear to be foul play involved. Her family surmises that since there was a lack of footprints near her car, she may have taken a ride with someone.

Fred Murray said he wants to tell his daughter that whatever is troubling her, it's nothing that can't be worked out.

"I don't know what the matter is, or the trouble you think you might be in,he said, but it isn't anything we can't solve. It's me you can tell me. We will work it out until we solve it."

The family hopes that the hundreds of flyers they've put up in the past two days will provide some leads for them to pursue.

"We just want to spread the word around and ask anyone who may have seen her to please call us," Fred Murray said.

Murray is described as being 5-feet, 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, with shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Haverhill police at 787-2222.

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 05:00:57 pm »
Boston Herald/Nashua Telegraph

February 13, 2004

Mass. woman missing after N.H. car crash

HAVERHILL, N. H. - Police were looking for a Massachusetts woman last seen Monday at a one-car accident. Police said Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson, Mass., was last seen on Ammonoosuc Road in the Woodsville neighborhood of Haverhill, where she had crashed her car.

They said she appeared uninjured and left before emergency personnel arrived.

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2019, 05:02:56 pm »
The Caledonian-Record

February 13, 2004

Family Members, Fiance Seek Help In Finding Woman

By Gary E. Lindsley

Fred Murray has issued a plea to his 21-year-old daughter to contact him so they can work together on straightening out what is troubling her.

Murray met with reporters in Bethlehem Thursday night after he and family members scoured parts of New Hampshire from Haverhill to Conway and Bethlehem for his daughter, Maura.

"Maura, this is me ... like always, we will solve this," he said in a plea to his daughter through the media.

Maura, who is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds, was involved in a one-car accident on Wild Ammonoosuc Road about 7 p.m. Monday night.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found an abandoned black 1996 Saturn bearing Massachusetts plates.

Police determined the car belonged to Maura Murray and searched the area, but were unable to turn up anything.

Witnesses who saw the accident told police they had seen a lone woman. They also said it didn't appear the woman had been injured in the accident. When they asked if she needed help or the police, she reportedly said, "No." She left the scene before police and EMS arrived.

Police said Maura may be suicidal and headed toward the Kancamagus Highway area.

Fred Murray said he doesn't understand what prompted his daughter to leave the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is a nursing student, to drive to New Hampshire.

He said it's very unusual for her just to take off. He said he had seen her Sunday afternoon and didn't suspect anything was wrong.

"I don't know exactly what you think is the matter," Murray said, again pleading to his daughter. "It isn't anything that can't be easily solved."

Murray did say Maura was upset about something that had happened over the weekend. He also said whatever it was wasn't a big deal.

Shivering in a light coat as he spoke about his daughter, Murray said he didn't know she was missing until another one of his children, Kathleen, called him Tuesday from Maura's apartment.

Haverhill police officers, he said, had called Maura's home. He made the trip to Haverhill, N.H., in the middle of the night.

Joining Murray in speaking with reporters in Bethlehem Thursday night was Bill Rausch, who is a second lieutenant with C Battery, 119th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Rausch said he flew out first thing Wednesday morning. When asked how he is connected to Maura, he said, "Well, her father didn't know this, but we are engaged to be engaged."

Rausch said they have been dating for several years. He also said he had spoken to Maura Sunday and as recently as Monday morning. She did not seem to be upset about anything when he spoke to her. "Everything seemed fine," he said.

While he was at the airport waiting to catch a flight out of Oklahoma, Rausch said he received a call on his cell phone in which all he heard was someone breathing. The call, he said, was traced to a calling card.

"We have talked to the chief," he said, referring to Haverhill Police Chief Jeffery Williams, "and he said they have no leads. They have stopped the search."

That bothers both Murray and Rausch. They have been told police are waiting for another lead. "Our concern," Murray said, "is getting the word out from one police department to another police department. In the meantime, we are trying to spread the word."

And that doesn't mean just law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire. They both believe Vermont and New Hampshire police agencies should be working together on this.

"That community lies right on the border," he said, referring to Haverhill. "Vermont could be helping out."

When Murray was asked why Maura had driven up to New Hampshire and may be headed toward the Kancamagus Highway area, he said the family had been visiting the area for several years to camp. "It's very familiar," he said.

Rausch and Murray spent Wednesday and Thursday handing out dozens of flyers with a picture of Maura and information describing her.

They are asking anyone who has seen Maura to contact the New Hampshire State Police at 603-846-3333 or 603-271-1170. People can also call the Haverhill Police Department at 603-787-2222.

Rausch and family members plan to extend their search into Vermont Friday.

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2019, 05:04:55 pm »
Boston Herald

February 14, 2004

Page: 17

Relatives searching for college student missing after crash

By Eric Convey

Relatives of a missing Hanson college student are descending on the area around Swift Water Village, N.H., to help find the one-time star athlete who disappeared after crashing her new car into a snowbank Monday.

"This is very unusual," said Fred Murray, father of Maura Murray, 21. "It's not like her to just take off."

Meanwhile, Haverhill, N.H., police said they have ended the search of the area where Murray crashed the car but continue to investigate her disappearance. A witness said she emerged from her car uninjured and disappeared when the witness left to call police.

"We are concerned for her personal welfare. There is no evidence of foul play," police Chief Jeff Williams said yesterday.

"Our concern is that she's upset or suicidal, something the family was concerned about," Williams said.

Murray's family and her Army lieutenant boyfriend have been passing out fliers with information about her in New Hampshire and in Vermont.

The area is one she knows well, having vacationed there many years with her parents.

A standout athlete in high school, Murray studied at West Point before leaving the military academy and pursuing nursing studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2019, 05:14:46 pm »
The Boston Channel

February 14, 2004

Missing Woman Mystery

HAVERHILL, NH -- There still is no sign of the young Massachusetts woman last seen in northern New Hampshire on Monday.

Friends and relatives of 21-year-old Maura Murray of Hanson, Massachusetts, have plastered the Haverhill area with posters, hoping for a tip to lead them to the woman.

The woman was last seen Monday evening after being involved in a minor car crash. Police say they have no reason to suspect foul play.

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2019, 05:16:56 pm »
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise / New Hampshire Union Leader / Lowell Sun / Nashua Telegraph / Boston Globe / Valley News

February 13/14, 2004

Notes:

Lowell Sun has different heading and additional summary in italics

Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise and Nashua Telegraph has additional text in bold, but the Nashua Telegraph adds a sentence in italics and omits the last paragraphs.

Boston Globe's headline in large bold.

The New Hampshire Union Leader ends before the Boston Globe's additional information.

The Valley news uses the words "an accident" in place of "crash" (regarding Amherst accident).

Hanson woman, 21, missing after crash

Missing person investigation for Hanson woman continues

Search for missing woman continues

HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A missing person investigation continued Friday for a young Massachusetts woman, who disappeared earlier this week after her second car crash in three days.

Haverhill police Chief Jeff Williams said the search of the area where Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson, Mass., crashed her car into a snowbank last Monday has ended, but the investigation continues. He said the hope is she will contact a family member or friend, or someone else might see her and call, he said.

“We are concerned for her personal welfare. There is no evidence of foul play,” he said.

“Our concern is that she’s Upset or suicidal, something the family was concerned about.”

Murray’s family along with her boyfriend, Army Lt. Bill Rausch, and his family have flown into the state to help. The family has been passing out fliers with her picture on both sides of the border, hoping someone might have seen her.

“This is very unusual,” said Fred Murray, her father. “It's not like her to just take off.”

Police using dogs and a helicopter and Fish and Game officers searched the immediate area of the accident and found nothing. Murray disappeared after a resident in the area went out to help her, and called police, though she asked him not to. When police arrived, she was gone, leaving behind her car, which was [undriveable.] Boston Globe variation: [which could not be driven due to the accident.]

The accident occurred on Route 112 about one mile from the Swift Water Village, and about five miles from Wells River, Vt., across the Connecticut River.

Additional Information in Nashua Telegraph: She was familiar with the area because her family vacationed in the Lincoln and Conway areas for years.

Sharon Rausch, the boyfriend’s mother who flew in with her husband, Bill, from Marengo, Ohio, to help said she had been told Murray “had made arrangements to be away from work for a week.”

She worked at an art gallery while going to nursing school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is a junior, Rausch said.

----------------------------------------------------------End Nashua Telegraph---------------------------------------------------------------------------

She said Murray crashed her car two days after wrecking her father’s car in [a crash] [an accident].

“She’s extremely responsible, an extremely frugal girl. I think she wanted to get away and get her head on straight,” Rausch said.

“We have no reason to believe she was running away.”

“She’s a jewel of a girl,” she said.

-------------------------------------------------------------Boston Globe Additional--------------------------------------------------------------------- She said Murray left an e-mail message with her son on Monday afternoon that said she wanted to talk to him.

Murray and her son met at the US Military Academy at West Point, where both were students, Rausch said. She left after 1 1/2 years. Rausch said Murray is an outstanding athlete who ran in high school and college.

-----------------------------------------------------------End Boston Globe Additional-------------------------------------------------------------------

AP FILE PHOTO

Maura Murray, of Hanson, Mass., was last seen Monday on Ammonoosuc Road in the Woodsville neighborhood of Haverhill, N.H., where she had crashed her car.

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2019, 05:18:52 pm »
Boston Globe

February 15, 2004

A student vanishes, and none knows why - Woman who left crash had planned a getaway

By Peter DeMarco

Six days have passed since college student Maura Murray crashed her car on a rural highway in northern New Hampshire and disappeared without a trace. But as family, friends, and investigators continue their search for the 21-year-old Hanson native, two questions continue to baffle them: Where was Murray going, and what was she running from?

A junior in the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's nursing program, Murray was doing well in school. She had a dedicated boyfriend, a loving family, and close friends. Her father, Frederick, had just told her he wanted to buy her a new car.

But on Monday, Murray apparently decided she needed to get away from life for a while. In short order, she withdrew a few hundred dollars from an ATM machine, packed her cellphone wall charger and her favorite stuffed monkey into her Saturn, e-mailed her professors to tell them she wouldn't be in class all week, and headed north for the White Mountains.

Whatever her intended destination was, she never made it there in her car.

At about 7 that night, while taking a sharp turn on Wild Ammonoosuc Road in Woodsville, N.H., Murray lost control and slammed into a snow bank. Shaken by the accident, and apparently intoxicated, Murray told a witness she didn't need help, local police said. The witness went to call the police and by the time they arrived Murray was gone.

Using tracking dogs, helicopters, and trained searchers, local and state police, as well as state fish and game officials, covered nearly 20 miles along Route 112, but found no trace of Murray's footprints in the snow. The tracking dogs lost her scent within 100 feet of the accident, leading investigators and her loved ones to believe she either hitched a ride and continued on her way, or was abducted.

"We're all under the assumption that since the trail sort of falls off someone picked her up. We really hope she doesn't quite understand how many people have been looking for her," said high school friend Carly Muise. "Maybe if she doesn't realize that, the person who gave her a ride will and will come forward." Murray, a former top student and track star at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, is described by friends and family as a responsible, attractive young woman who is very close to her family, in particular her father, who spend yesterday checking bus stations in New Hampshire and Vermont for any signs of her.

A self-reliant woman, Murray toughed out three semesters as a chemical engineer at the US Military Academy at West Point before deciding the Army wasn't for her. Since transferring to the University of Massachusetts, she has been a successful student in the nursing program, said dean Eileen Breslin.

"Nursing students are very responsible. That's part of her character," said Breslin.

If Murray was troubled by something, family and friends said, it might have been a small car accident she got into last Saturday night, when she damaged her father's new Toyota.

The day after the accident, she called her boyfriend, Army Lieutenant Bill Rausch, who is stationed in Oklahoma, in tears. A day later, on Monday, she got into her Saturn and headed north.

Rausch, who got a leave of absence from the Army, arrived in New Hampshire on Thursday. Joined by his parents, who drove from Ohio, and by Murray's father and some of her siblings, Rausch has spent the past few days driving across both New Hampshire and Vermont, stopping at local gas stations, bus stations, and police headquarters, asking whether anyone has seen Murray.

Yesterday morning, Rausch and his father were told that Murray might have been at a McDonald's in St. Johnsbury, Vt. They drove there, but no one had seen her.

"Obviously, we're hoping for the best. If I just got some news, although I guess no news is good news," Rausch said.

Rausch said Murray fled with a backpack, but left many of the other items she'd packed, including the stuffed monkey he gave her and her favorite book, "Without Peril," behind in her car.

A witness told local police Murray appeared to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, and Rausch said that there was an open bottle of alcohol in the car. However, he said he'd never known Murray to drink and drive, and guessed she might have fled out of fear she'd broken the law.

Breslin, UMass's nursing dean, said Murray had e-mailed a professor on Monday indicating she needed to take time off because of a "family problem" and will return to class this week.

Her family and friends, have since spend hours plastering missing posters and calling news agencies to get her picture and story out.

"I'm hoping someone will see her and call someone to let us know she's all right. We're just sitting on eggshells waiting for that," said Laurie Murray, Murray's mother, a nurse at the Samuel Marcus Nursing Home in Weymouth.

New Hampshire State Police have posted her photo on national missing persons databases, and have promised to follow any leads. So far, they have none.

"It's a difficult one," said Sgt. Robert Bruno, detective supervisor. "I wish I has more to tell you."

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2019, 07:34:25 pm »
Boston Herald

February 16, 2004

Page 4

Missing woman's dad: Searchers waited

By Marie Szaniszlo

Police in New Hampshire waited 36 hours before launching a full-scale search for a University of Massachusetts nursing student who vanished last week after crashing into a snowbank, according to the woman's father.

"I'm getting more scared by the hour," Maura Murray's father, Frederick, said yesterday from a motel near the Vermont state line. "Time could be running out for her. People just don't vanish."

Haverhill police and paramedics looked for the 21-year-old Hanson, Mass., native shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 9, when an elderly couple reported that a car had crashed near their home on a sharp turn on Route 112.

But it was not until two days later that a state police helicopter, search-and-rescue dogs and New Hampshire Fish and Game officials began an intensive search because Haverhill police assumed she was likely a drunken driver who had left the scene, they told Frederick Murray. A witness whose help she declined told police she appeared to be intoxicated, and a bottle of alcohol was found in her car.

Tracking dogs ultimately lost her scent within 100 feet of the accident, leading investigators to believe she hitched a ride.

Since then, Murray's family, her boyfriend and his parents have driven from New Hampshire to Vermont to Maine, distributing fliers with her photograph and a plea for anyone with information about her whereabouts to call state police.

Until then, why she left remains as much a mystery as where she went. A star athlete who majored in engineering at West Point for three semesters, Murray transferred in 2002 to UMass-Amherst, where she regularly made the dean's list.

Last Thursday, she received an "upsetting" phone call at the art gallery where she worked, her father said, but he did not know what it concerned. That Saturday, she got into an accident with his car, and called her boyfriend Sunday in tears.

The next day she sent three e-mails: one to her boyfriend saying she wanted to talk and the others to a professor and the gallery saying she would be away for the next week to resolve some "family concerns."

Then she withdrew a few hundred dollars at an ATM and left for the White Mountains.

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2019, 07:35:48 pm »
WCAX

February 16, 2004

Search Continues For Missing Woman

Family, Friends Find No Sign Of Woman Missing For Week

Bath, N.H. -- Family and friends continued to search Monday for a Massachusetts woman missing for one week after a car accident.

Maura Murray, 21, was last seen following a car accident in Woodsville, N.H. Police said there is no evidence of foul play, but they are treating it as a missing-person investigation and said they have no new information.

Murray was last seen on Route 112, and as her father searched the roadway Monday, he said that he needs to stay focused on finding her.

"I don't want to go back without her," Fred Murray said. "I can't face the ride going back in an empty car."

Maura Murray's boyfriend, Bill Rausch, was also searching again Monday. Her family and friends said they don't know what else to do. They've covered a 50-mile radius from Woodsville with posters, but police said there is still no sign of her. Her father believes she's no longer in the area.

"I think she accepted a ride at the scene of the accident, which would enable her to get closer to public transportation, and she got out by bus," Fred Murray said.

Family members can't say why Murray would have wandered away. She left her University of Massachusetts dorm last Monday, e-mailing her professors that she'd be gone for a week. She didn't tell her parents or boyfriend what she planned.

"If she could've, she would've contacted me, so I think she's being held against her will," Fred Murray said. "I'm afraid to think of what could've happened."

Murray's relatives said they are not giving up hope and plan to stay in the area as long as it takes to find her. Police urged anyone who might have seen her to call them at (603) 846-3333.

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Newspaper Articles # 12
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2019, 07:38:17 pm »
The Patriot Ledger

February 16, 2004

Hanson woman, 21, still missing after crash

By Elizabeth Smallcomb

HANSON - Family members and friends are anxiously awaiting news about the whereabouts of Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson, who disappeared after her car crashed in northern New Hampshire.

‘‘I haven't heard a word,'' her mother, Laurie Murray, said yesterday after talking to police in New Hampshire.

Maura Murray, a junior nursing student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was in a single-vehicle accident last Monday on Route 112 in Woodsville, N.H. She refused help and walked away from the accident scene.

Friends and family describe Murray as intelligent and responsible, and they say it is uncharacteristic for her to have no contact with family.

Elizabeth Drewniak of Hanson, a close friend, said that after talking with Murray's family and boyfriend, all indications are that something made Murray decide she needed to get away.

Murray's father, Frederick; her brothers, Frederick and Kurtis; her sister, Kathleen; and her boyfriend, Army Lt. William Rausch of Oklahoma, are distributing fliers in New Hampshire near the Vermont border.

Police in New Hampshire called off their search after three days without any leads. They are investigating cell phone and debit card records, hoping they lead to Murray.

Haverhill, N.H., Police Chief Jeff Williams said last week that no evidence of foul play was found.

Maura Murray was an honors student and one of the top cross-country and track-and-field runners in the state during her years at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, from which she graduated in 2000. She continued running at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where she studied for three semesters before transferring to UMass to study nursing.

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Newspaper Articles # 13
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2019, 07:40:12 pm »
CNN - American Morning

February 17, 2004

Mystery Disappearance

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: The disappearance of a Massachusetts nursing student has her family, her friends and police now searching for answers. Twenty-one-year-old Maura Murray was last seen a week ago, after her car crashed on a rural highway in northern New Hampshire. Despite a frantic search, Maura's trail seems to have vanished.

Joining us this morning from a motel in Wells River, Vermont, which has now become a home base for the searchers, Maura's father, Fred Murray, and her boyfriend, Army Lieutenant Bill Rausch.

Thank you for joining us, gentlemen, both of you. I appreciate it. I know this is such a strained and difficult story.

Lieutenant Rausch, I'd like to start with you. The details are bizarre. Maura disappeared on Monday under very strange circumstances. Why don't you describe what you know about what happened?

LT. BILL RAUSCH, U.S. ARMY, MISSING WOMAN'S BOYFRIEND: Well, as far as we know, we are not exactly sure what did happen. However, I did receive a phone call from Maura as well as an e-mail Monday afternoon that said that she wanted to talk with me and for me to call her back.

I received Tuesday morning last week right after the accident another voice mail, a chilling voice mail that was what I believed to be Maura whimpering and crying in the background.

O'BRIEN: Did she say anything in that message, anything specific? Or was it only what you can hear was crying?

RAUSCH: I could only hear breathing, and then towards the end of the voice mail I heard what was apparent to be crying and then a whimper, which I'm certain was Maura.

O'BRIEN: Mr. Murray, let's back up a little bit. Maura had taken some money out of the ATM, had e-mailed her professor saying that she was going to miss some classes because of a family situation, and gotten in her car and headed north. Does anyone have any idea where she was headed, where she was going?

FRED MURRAY, FATHER OF MISSING STUDENT: We think because of the general direction she was traveling that she was going to an area that she's familiar with, which would be up in the White Mountains where we used to camp and hike. But the whole thing came on so suddenly that I know the night before she had no such plans. I spoke to her, and she was due to talk to me Monday night, but I don't think she was able to.

O'BRIEN: Was it typical at all for her to throw stuff in a car and say, hey, you know, I'm going to get out of town for a couple of days and just, you know, make a snap decision like that overnight? Or would that be very unusual for her?

MURRAY: She had never done it before, and no one that knows her can explain it. She's a very dependable kid, and she follows through on what she says she's going to do. And, again, I don't think that she was able to in this case.

O'BRIEN: She called you on a voice mail, Lieutenant Rausch, after this accident, and a local person stopped to help her, and she kind of waved them off. They say maybe she had been drinking even, but waved them off and said, no, no, no, I'm fine, I'm fine. She had sort of plowed into a little bit of a snow bank. Give me a sense of what the locals have been able to tell you about what happened after that, the last person who saw her, because other people saw her around the car, isn't that right?

RAUSCH: Yes. In fact, according to the local authorities, as well as eyewitnesses, Maura was seen at the vehicle not more than a minute before the authorities arrived at the scene, which leads us to believe that she was either picked up by an individual immediately after eyewitnesses saw her, or she walked up the road and was picked up then. The police themselves conducted a very thorough search with the Fish and Game folks here in the area, and with a dog scent leading only a few hundred feet from the accident and abruptly stopping, which again suggests that someone did, in fact, pick her up.

O'BRIEN: So, with her professor saying that nursing students are notoriously reliable young people, what do you think has happened? Do you think that there has been foul play at all? Do you think, especially in light of this phone message that you have of crying and whimpering, do you have any theories on what might have happened to Maura?

RAUSCH: Well, we're uncertain obviously of exactly did happen. But as Fred said, this is completely out of character in regard to her not being able to contact us. She had planned to call Fred that evening, her father. She had planned on calling me, wanted me to return her phone call. And if she were able to do so, we are 100 percent certain that she would have done exactly that.

O'BRIEN: Well, we're showing her picture, and we're certainly hopeful that if anybody has seen her or anyone has any information about Maura Murray that they will get in touch with you immediately. Obviously lots of people are worried about the status of this young woman.

Thank you for talking with us this morning. We certainly we wish you the best of luck in your search.

RAUSCH: Thank you.

MURRAY: Thank you.

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2019, 07:42:05 pm »
The New Hampshire Union Leader

February 17, 2004

Search for missing Mass. woman goes on

HAVERHILL (AP) -- There still is no sign of the young Massachusetts woman last seen in northern New Hampshire on Feb. 9. State police said they have received many new leads, but they have turned up little information.

Friends and relatives of Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson have plastered the Haverhill area with posters, hoping for a tip to lead them to the woman.

Murray withdrew $280 from a Massachusetts ATM early last week, and e-mailed professors saying she wouldn't be in class all week to attend to a family problem.

The woman was last seen after being involved in a minor car crash. Police say they have no reason to suspect foul play.

 

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