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« Reply #300 on: December 15, 2019, 09:41:31 am »
New Hampshire Department of Justice Cold Case Unit

Maura Murray Web Page

As at September 13, 2016

Maura Murray

Name: Maura Murray

Year of Death or Disappearance: 2004

City/Town: North Haverhill

Status: Missing Person

Details: On February 9, 2004 Maura Murray's vehicle was reported to have been involved in a single-car accident along Route 112 in Haverhill, NH. When the North Haverhill police arrived at the scene, they found no trace of Maura. In the years since her disappearance, numerous agencies and individuals have attempted to locate her without success. Maura was twenty-one years old when she disappeared and was last seen wearing a dark jacket and jeans. Her disappearance is being treated as suspicious.

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More Information: New Hampshire State Police Missing Persons

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« Reply #301 on: December 15, 2019, 09:41:52 am »
New Hampshire Department of Safety

Maura Murray Web Page

As at September 13, 2016

Investigative Services Bureau

Major Crime Unit

Missing Persons

MAURA MURRAY

Missing since Monday, February 9, 2004

Age: 21

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 120 lbs. (approximately)

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Last seen wearing jeans and a dark colored coat.

Maura Murray

Additional information is available at www.spbowers.com/mauramissing.html.

If you have seen Maura or if you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the New Hampshire Division of State Police at (800) 852-3411 or (603) 846-3333 or e-mail us at missingpersons@safety.state.nh.us.

Or, please contact the Haverhill Police Department at (603) 787-2222.

National Center for Missing Adults

The telephone number for the National Center for Missing Adults is 1-800-690-3463.

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« Reply #302 on: December 15, 2019, 09:42:21 am »
Namus Listing

As at September 13, 2016

Case Report - NamUs MP # 54

Case Information:

Status: Missing

First name: Maura

Middle name:

Last name: Murray

Nickname/Alias:

Date last seen: February 09, 2004 00:00

Date entered: 12/12/2008

Age last seen: 21 to 21 years old

Age now: 34 years old

Race: White

Ethnicity:

Sex: Female

Height (inches): 67.0

Weight (pounds): 120.0

Circumstances:

City: Amherst

State: Massachusetts

Zip code:

County: Hampshire

Circumstances: Last seen at approximately 7:00pm in the vicinity of Route 112 in Haverhill, NH. She was involved in a single vehicle accident. When police arrived, her vehicle was locked and Maura was gone.

Physical:

Hair color: Brown

Head hair: Light Brown

Body hair: na

Facial hair: na

Left eye color: Green

Right eye color: Green

Eye description: Maura's eyes are blue / green

No known distinctive body features

Distinctive features as described below

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Dimples in both cheeks; scar on right calf

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Clothing and Accessories: Clothing and accessories are unknown:

Clothing and accessories are described below:

Clothing: Possibly wearing a dark colored coat and jeans, carrying a backpack.

Footwear: na

Jewelry: na

Eyewear: na

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Bus:

Dental:

Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA:

Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

Fingerprint Information:

Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

Investigating Agency:

Title:

First name: na

Last name:

Phone: 603-271-2663

Website:

Case number: 04-41-OF

Date reported:

Jurisdiction:

State Agency: New Hampshire Cold Case Unit

Address 1:

Address 2:

City: Concord

State: New Hampshire

Zip code: 03305

Comments:

alternate phone # 603-271-1255

New Hampshire State Police Missing Persons Unit; (800) 852-3411; missingpersons@safety.state.nh.us; alternate phone # (603) 846-3333

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First name:

Last name:

Phone: 413 545-2121

Website:

Case number:

Date reported:

Jurisdiction: Local

Agency: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS PD AMHERST

Address 1:

Address 2:

City: AMHERST

State: Massachusetts

Zip code: 01003-9281

Comments:

Title: Sgt.

First name: Wallace

Last name: Trott

Phone: (603) 787-2222

Website:

Case number: Date reported:

Jurisdiction: Local

Agency: Haverhill Police Department

Address 1: 2975 Dartmouth College Hwy.

Address 2:

City: North Haverhill

State: New Hampshire

Zip code: 03774

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« Reply #303 on: December 15, 2019, 09:42:46 am »
Journalist, others, still in search of missing Hanson woman

By Jessica Trufant

The Patriot Ledger

May 23, 2018 at 8:23 PM

Investigators know that Hanson native Maura Murray left her dorm at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Feb. 9, 2004, and drove north. They know she made it at least as far Haverhill, N.H., a mountainside town near the Vermont border.

Residents reported seeing the 21-year-old along a sharp turn on Route 112 after her car had gone off the road and slammed into a snow bank. One passer-by said he offered help, but Murray said road assistance was on its way and she was all set.

The man drove home and called police. When officers arrived a short time later, Murray had vanished, leaving no footprints in the snow and only scattered clues.

No one has heard from Murray since then, and investigators and family members have spent more than 14 years trying to find out what happened to her.

Public radio producer Maggie Freleng and former U.S. Marshal Art Roderick set out to try to answer that question in the Oxygen true crime TV series “The Disappearance of Maura Murray.” They worked with Lance Reenstierna and Tim Piller, who host a podcast about Maura Murray’s disappearance, and James Renner, who wrote a book about the case.

Freleng also recently attended CrimeCon — a convention in Nashville for true crime enthusiasts — and shared Murray’s case with hundreds of people.

“We’ve had lots and lots of people come forward with information after the show aired, especially from October to February,” said Freleng, who attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst years after Murray was a student there. “We’re constantly passing information off to the cold case unit.”

Freleng said she’s heard from people as far away as Australia and London who follow the case and care about Murray’s story.

The case is full of inconsistencies and maddening questions.

Murray notified her professors that she wouldn’t be in class due to a death in the family, which had not actually occurred. She packed, took cash out of her bank account, purchased some alcohol and set off from Amherst. She didn’t share her plans with anyone, but her father, Fred Murray, who now lives on Cape Cod, has said he believes his daughter was heading to Bartlett, N.H., a spot in the White Mountains they had previously visited.

Maura’s car was going east on Route 112, a rural highway, when it went off the road at about 7:30 that night. Several witnesses reported seeing her outside her car after the crash, but police said Murray was gone when they arrived about 15 minutes later. Searches were conducted on the ground and by helicopter, but Maura never turned up. The New Hampshire State Police, the attorney general’s office and the FBI all worked on the case, which remains open but has gone cold.

While some people have speculated that Murray chose to disappear and start a new life somewhere else, Freleng said she discounts that theory after visiting the site.

“As soon as I went out there and stood in the dark, as a young woman, I can say I’d never run into those woods. She didn’t do that,” she said, adding that experts she spoke to for the docu-series stressed that it would take a criminal mastermind to run away and stay hidden for 14 years.

“It seems she was stressed and had a lot going on in life and she needed a break, and something unfortunate happened on her way up there,” Freleng said.

Freleng, Roderick, Reenstierna and Piller created an online fundraiser to raise reward money, and have collected nearly $6,000 to try to get people talking about the case. Freleng said both the Murray family and the New Hampshire State Police approved of the reward fundraiser.

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« Reply #304 on: December 15, 2019, 09:43:14 am »
Journal Opinion Article - February 2019 - "After 15 years search for MM Continues"

After 15 years, search for Maura Murray continues

February 6, 2019

Marianne Farr

SWIFTWATER-"It's been 15 years ... and where's Maura?" Julie Murray is referring to her sister, who vanished after crashing her car on Route 112 in Haverhill on the evening of Feb. 9, 2004.

New test results might hold the answer to that question. But the Murray, family is wailing for Investigators to act.

"This is the frustrating part," Maura's father, Fred Murray, told the Journal Opinion in a recent interview. "That my family has been dealing with this since the beginning."

In 2018, the Murrays arranged for ground penetrating radar and cadaver dog tests at two different properties in the Haverhill area - both had been on the family's radar since soon after Maura's disappearance.

Testing at the first location in July did not turn up anything new.

Then, in early December, the Murrays looked at the second property. Two different cadaver dogs came to the location. When they smell human remains, they sit.

The first dog sat down, signaling a "hit" according to Fred and Julie.

To verify these results, a second cadaver dog with a different handler arrived at the site. The second dog sat in the same spot.

After that, GB Geotechnics conducted a forensic evaluation using ground penetrating radar.

GB Geotechnics is an international firm that has worked on projects for the Guggenheim and the U.S. Capitol.

"They might be the best in the world" Fred said.

GPR provides a method for the internal assessment of a wide variety of materials and is particularly appropriate for identifying the general arrangement of shallow buried objects as well as the internal elements of concrete, asphalt, stone, and brick masonry structures.

The results showed an anomaly - the earth was disturbed beneath the location of the "hit."

Those test results are now with law enforcement, but Julie said they were told by New Hampshire State Police that they will not look into it until the spring.

"It's super frustrating" she said "It's so defeating. Let's do this now. We don't want to wait"

"The job is to find my daughter and bring her home and bury her" Fred added.

The 15th anniversary of Maura Murray's disappearance is next week. But according to Julie, the Murray family relives it every day.

"The 15th [year] is no different than the first month. We go through this every year," she said.

At the time of her disappearance, Maura was a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts nursing student from Hanson, Massachusetts on Boston's South Shore. To this day, the reason for her trip to New Hampshire is still unknown.

Julie said that before the accident, she and Maura used to communicate via Yahoo Messenger and wonders if their messages hold any clues.

"I want to look at her computer to see her tone," she explained.

The computer is now in the possession of law enforcement.

"They're going to be looking at Yahoo Messenger. I would know if she said anything out of character," she said. "I want her to be found. Why can't you [law enforcement] share a hard drive?"

The enduring mystery of Maura's whereabouts and the proliferation of social media generated wide-spread interest in the case on line. It is the subject of an abundance of blogs, podcasts and other internet-based platforms, many geared towards figuring out what happened to her.

The interest has been many things. It has kept the case from going cold and garnered the attention of nationally known media outlets. It also led to a six-part documentary series on the Oxygen network that aired in 2017.

It followed journalist Maggie Freleng and her partner, retired U.S. Marshal Art Roderick, as they investigated the rumors and theories surrounding the case.

The documentary generated new interest in the case and led to the recent break.

Until this past year, the family did not have the resources to independently vet several leads of interest. After the series, they received numerous offers of help and support.

GB Geotechnics offered their services free of charge. Freleng, Roderick. and others associated with the Oxygen series used an online crowd funding platform to raise money for additional testing.

The 2018 searches came more than a decade after Fred Murray sued the state police and others under New Hampshire's Right-to-Know laws seeking access to records compiled by investigators in the search for Maura.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the records did not need to be disclosed while the case remained under investigation.

The Murray family felt that local law enforcement did not act quickly enough in response to Maura's disappearance in the first place.

They also indicated that law enforcement has been dismissive of leads and information that they believe should be a priority.

According to Fred Murray, two informants alerted him to the property in 2004, saying that fresh cement had been poured, but the state police dismissed it. Fred said.

He said he has encountered road blocks every step of the way.

"Since the beginning the police have been incomplete [in the investigation]. I would have been a perfect person to talk to." Julie said.

"We were super close. We spent every minute together."

Julie was just two years older than Maura, The two shared a room growing up, played on the same sports teams, and even attended West Point together. But the police never questioned her.

The case was assigned to the Attorney General's office early on when it was classified as a criminal investigation. In 2010, it was referred to the newly formed New Hampshire State Police Cold Case Unit which was organized in the fall of 2009.

The department's focus includes the review of unsolved homicides, unresolved suspicious deaths, and missing person cases in which foul play is suspected.

Detective Charles West of the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit told the JO that law enforcement still has tips coming in, and each one is acted upon immediately.

"We have many tips. Not necessarily daily but frequently," he said.

The FBI has been involved when called upon, but the family believes they should be brought in permanently.

"We work with a lot of law enforcement departments." Associate Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin explained. It's not unusual for another department to be called in."

Retired New Hampshire Fish and game Lieutenant Todd Bogardus was head of the search and rescue at the time and he said they have never seen a case like this one. Out of at least 100 searches he participated in, most cleared, he said.

Bogardus' team performed at least four searches. They were called on after the car accident to put a team together. Bogardus said the Haverhill Police Department did a routine canvas on the night of the accident and did not find anything.

Two feet of fresh snow had fallen, and no tracks were located.

Fish and Game's first search covered areas east on Route 112 to Woodstock. They also went as far as Conway based on information Fred had provided.

"We had nothing. She didn't go into the woods," Bogardus said, If she did, she didn't go very deep."

A week later the New Hampshire Slate Police called on them to come in with air scent canine dogs. They also brought cadaver dogs.

They searched within a half-mile radius, but found no signs or evidence, and there were no tracks that could not be ruled out.

After someone reported that they may have seen her walking east further up Route 112, the state police called the search team in once again.

They searched from there, every periphery road and went all the way up to the height of land and found nothing. A second search was performed that summer.

"At that time, we were convinced she wasn't in the woods. She had to have left a track," Bogardus said. "It's mysterious."

Since then lay people have been all over the area, and still nothing.

The Oxygen team interviewed Bogardus for the series. He said his participation was seen as a potential opportunity to provide new leads for law enforcement.

"I did the Oxygen show at the request of the Attorney General's office and the state police" Bogardus explained. "In hopes, for them to get more leads. Overall I think they did a good job."

And in spite of misleading reports implying that the case was reopened, the case has never been closed.

The decision to close a case is based on an evaluation of solvability, Strelzin said.

"We've solved cases that old", Strelzin said, "As time goes by, they become harder to solve, generally speaking."

The length of time since Maura disappeared adds challenges, but also can work in law enforcement's favor.

"The passage of time creates challenges and opportunities," Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin explained, "Memories can fade and people don't remember things [as clearly].

It can create opportunities because people's relationships change, those who were reluctant to speak 5-10 years ago become more willing as time goes by."

"The internet has created a forum to speculate. It generates a lot of false information," Strelzin said. On the other hand, the interest in the case has kept the tips rolling in.

"We've encouraged anyone with information to come forward," Strelzin said adding that sometimes people assume that their information is already known by law enforcement.

He said they should report their information anyway in case the information contains a detail that law enforcement had not seen in a particular light.

Julie and her father are of different minds on the interest, and she said that he does not want to become engulfed in a "pity party,"

"His youngest daughter has been missing for 15 years. He doesn't have time for pleasantries - he needs closure," she said. "She needs us to fight."

"I'm very grateful for the program," Julie said. The most productive impact of the Oxygen series was bringing national and international awareness of the case to people who otherwise wouldn't know the name "Maura Murray."

Julie said. It led to an increase in the number of people who reached out to offer their support.

And given the abundance of unsolved missing persons cases, she said she could not complain about a big network choosing her sister as the subject of one of their documentaries.

There were aspects of the show that were lacking, though. Julie said she wished they had spent more time with the police, and noted that out of several hours' worth of interviews with each member of her family, only a small fraction made it into the show.

Overall, Julie has welcomed the interest in the case and appreciates all of the people who are looking at it with fresh eyes, volunteering ideas, and offering support.

She and her siblings run a Facebook page devoted to the case. "We've got a great online community," she said.

The Murrays found the locals in Haverhill to be helpful and supportive as well and they acknowledged that the attention focused on the scene of the accident has been a source of frustration for residents.

"It's the basic innate goodness of the people is what keeps me going." Fred said. "It's one of the memories that will last. They helped sustain my efforts."

The attention on the case has adversely affected some of the resident in the area, and there are "No Trespassing" signs all along the tree lines near the crash.

Every year, Fred replaces the large blue ribbon that has marked the spot where his daughter crashed. Now that ribbon shares space with a bright yellow "No Trespassing" sign.

One resident said the locals were initially treated as though they were part of a "cover-up" and noted that, more recently, the film crew members parked on private property and were pushy when asking questions of the locals.

"There's a lot of people obsessed with the case who go knock on doors" Julie said. "Other people walk on their property and demand answers. That was never our intent."

She said that the family did not condone the actions of those who stormed onto the scene without respect for nearby residents.

"I don't want her case to be a cold case. I want people to talk about it. Sometimes a case like this is broken by fresh eyes." Julie said.

With the 15th anniversary this week, the search for Maura Murray continues.

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« Reply #305 on: December 15, 2019, 09:43:40 am »
Whitman Hanson Express

February 14, 2019

Murray family presses for answers

By Abram Neal

HANSON — Maura Murray, then 21, a native of Hanson, vanished after she crashed her 1996 Saturn into a snowbank along a curve on Wild Ammonoosuc Road (Route 112) in Woodsville, New Hampshire, a village of Haverhill, 15 years ago. The UMass Amherst nursing student’s mysterious disappearance on Feb. 9, 2004 has sparked worldwide attention in the press, on the Internet and on social media over the course of the last decade and a half.

Family, friends and supporters of Maura Murray marked the somber anniversary Saturday in New Hampshire and here in Hanson by lighting candles in hopes that she will be found. Her father, Fred Murray, 76, had shared with the public new details of an investigation he has conducted into her disappearance with the hope that the public attention will put pressure on New Hampshire authorities to further look into the matter. Investigators, meanwhile, say the investigation is still active.

Fred Murray, who spoke to the Express Monday, Feb. 11, says that he is certain he has found a burial site in a house “astonishingly close” to the site of the accident. According to him, locals first tipped him off about suspicious activity at the house in the first year after his daughter’s disappearance, including rumors of new concrete being poured in the basement shortly after the accident, he says.

The Boston Globe reported last week what Murray said, based on those tips, “that a man who lived in the home at the time of the crash, as well as the man’s extended family members who lived nearby, were responsible for his daughter’s death.”

Although he told the Express that he is not positive that it’s his daughter who is buried in the house, he strongly believes that there are human remains in the house and that they are likely those of his daughter.

“I only need to be right once,” he pointed out.

The house, which he says police never searched, a point which officials don’t advertise unless pressed in statements, has come under new ownership since Maura Murray’s disappearance, and the new owners have been receptive to Fred Murray’s investigation. He says he is willing to pay to dig up their basement, although he’d rather New Hampshire authorities do it.

The New Hampshire Attorney’s General office said in a statement that they “searched the area with dogs at the time,” but never searched inside the house in question.

In November and December 2018, Fred Murray brought in two trained, accredited cadaver detecting dogs to the house, each one on separate occasions. They alerted, he says, by lying down in the same spot in the basement of the house. He says that video of the dogs alerting exists, and is available widely online from local television media outlets.

Later, ground-penetrating radar was used and indicated strong findings of an abnormality in the same spot in the concrete, he said. Much of Fred Murray’s investigation has been paid for by donations and through pro-bono work of those who support him, he says.

“It’s astounding that this [basement] wasn’t looked at before. I told the police about this in the first year … the State Police did an inadequate job when my daughter first went missing,” he added, adamantly.

Fred Murray said he has found the local police to have been less-than-helpful, and as for federal law enforcement, “The FBI has been dodging it [the case] for 15 years … they’re useless,” he said of the Boston office of the FBI.

He says that law enforcement’s response to his investigation, when he’s notified them of his findings, has been, “We looked at that, we looked at that, we looked at that.”

“Because of the institutional intransigence of the New Hampshire State Police the case is still alive 15 years later,” he said.

Fred Murray said that he thinks he’s been getting “the run around,” and that officials have been waiting for him to go away. “This time, the guy didn’t go away, and that guy was me.”

A representative for the New Hampshire Department of Safety, of which the New Hampshire State Police are a division, refused to comment because of the active nature of the investigation, but did refer the Express to the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General.

“The case is still open and active. We do receive tips and information periodically, as well as generate new information from investigative efforts,” said Jeffrey Streizin, Associate Attorney General and Director of the Division of Public Protection with the New Hampshire Attorney’s General office in an emailed statement.

He continued, “We are aware of the allegations regarding a home’s basement in that area and have considered and are considering next steps. That area was searched by law enforcement in the past, including with dogs, and nothing of significance was discovered.”

When asked to clarify whether the home itself was ever searched, Streizin said, “The State Police conducted a canvas of that area in 2004 and searched the area where that house is located with dogs. They did not go into the house at that time.”

“I need help. I’m asking for help,” Fred Murray said. “The people of northern New Hampshire have been wonderful. They are salt of the earth people … The goodness of people has really come to the forefront. Maura’s only friends in this have been the Massachusetts press, her friends and the great people of the area.”

Exactly where Maura Murray was headed, and why, has remained a mystery over the years. Moments after the crash, a good Samaritan stopped to assist her, but she waved him off and told him not to call the police, according to original police reports from 2004. The passerby called local police anyway, although he did drive off. A Haverhill police cruiser arrived within minutes, but the Saturn was locked, and Maura Murray was gone.

According to a four-part series reported by Maribeth Conway in this paper’s predecessor, the Hanson Express in 2007, Fred Murray had dinner with his daughter in Amherst two days before her disappearance.

She caused damage to her father’s car that night in a minor accident near UMass in Hadley, Massachusetts, and later friends reported she had been drinking that night, although no charges were filed in that incident.

The following day, she performed Internet searches for driving directions to Vermont and the Berkshires. She also called for a condominium rental reservation in Bartlett, New Hampshire, which she did not end up reserving. Her family often vacationed in Bartlett, a town in the White Mountains near the Attitash ski resort.

Her belongings were neatly packed up in boxes in her UMass dorm room before she left, according to reports, leading to speculation that she may have been considering leaving school permanently. But she had good grades, and her college textbooks were found in her car by investigators after the accident.

Maura Murray withdrew $280 from her bank account, leaving the account almost empty, and emailed professors and her boss at a local art gallery that she would be away from school because she was needed in Hanson due to a death in the family. Relatives later confirmed there was no death in the family.

No one is sure exactly why the college student made up the story.

A friend later suggested that Maura Murray may have been under a lot of pressure and wanted to get away to think about something important.

She grabbed some toiletries, a favorite stuffed animal — a monkey given to her by her father– and a necklace her boyfriend had given her. She then departed. Police say she next stopped at a liquor store, bought about $40 worth of alcohol — which police reports say some of which was found in plain sight in her car after the crash– and never returned to Massachusetts.

Fred Murray says his next step will be to try to enlist the help of senior New Hampshire State Police officials but that he continues to wait and marvel at the lack of help. He added, “We’re still going to win.”

When asked to clarify what a win for him would be, he hesitated and said, “There is no win. There is no satisfaction. I have to find her, bring her home and give her a proper burial. Every father who ever drew a breath on the planet should know what happens next.”

VIGIL: Organizers Adrienne McDougall, left, and Diane Ostranber take part in a candlelight vigil for Maura Murray in Hanson Saturday, Feb. 9, the 15th anniversary of her disappearance after a New Hampshire car crash. (Photo by Abram Neal/Express News)

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« Reply #306 on: December 15, 2019, 09:44:07 am »
Oxygen Network

February 14, 2019

'They’ve Done Nothing': Maura Murray’s Sister Expresses Frustration Over Law Enforcement’s Response To New Potential Break

By Gina Tron

Julie Murray said she and her family may end up digging up a basement themselves — but that it shouldn't have to come to that.

The family of Maura Murray, the 21-year-old nursing student who mysteriously vanished in New Hampshire fifteen years ago, has expressed frustration over what they feel is a slow response by law enforcement to a new possible break in her case.

Murray was last seen on Feb. 9, 2004 after crashing her car into a tree along Route 112 in Woodsville. A few witnesses called the police, but by the time authorities arrived on the scene, she was gone. Although the case was never closed, it has often seemed like it has gone stagnant. Despite the fact that several online communities have grown obsessed with the case—it has been the theme of at least one book, several podcasts, including Missing Maura Murray,” and "The Disappearance of Maura Murray,” a docu-series which aired on Oxygen—there haven’t appeared to have been any promising leads. Until now.

Last week, the family announced that two different cadaver dogs responded to what could be human remains in the basement of a home right nearby the site of Murray’s crash. Ground penetrating radar also had a positive hit at that location.

Julie Murray, Maura Murray’s sister, told Oxygen.com that it feels like the most promising lead to finding closure thus far. She said back in 2004, shortly after her sibling vanished, she began hearing rumors of what may have happened to her sister. In one version of the rumors, “someone took Maura back to a party and drugged her or something and then buried her in a basement,” Julie told Oxygen.com adding that in another version of that rumor her sister was buried “in a concrete basement in a house very close to the accident site.”

Julie said she and her family found the rumor far-fetched, but they told law enforcement about the tip anyway at the time.

“They [law enforcement] are very adamant about telling us that they look at every lead so we’re like okay there’s nothing more we can do without a search warrant,” she said. “We never got any conclusive yes or no, or ‘we ruled that rumor out’ or ‘there’s nothing to that rumor.’ For all these years we didn’t know.”

Recently, the house in question changed ownership, so Maura’s dad Fred Murray ‘went up right up to the door all by himself and said, ‘Hey, I’m Fred Murray. There’s a rumor that my daughter’s buried in your basement. Can I investigate this?’”

The new owner was happy to help and Julie explained how they hired two independent professional cadaver dog trainers to enter the basement with their dogs on separate occasions. Nobody from the Murray family was present, as to not potentially contaminate the test, according to Julie, but it was documented with video.

Both dogs, Julie said, hit the same spot in the basement. And as for the ground penetrating radar test, she said it appears to show that there’s “a disturbance in the earth right where the two cadaver dogs sat.”

Experts say that cadaver dogs have an 80 percent or better at recovering remains.

One expert who is not involved with this case, Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones, is the county coroner for Jefferson County, Kentucky who worked as a medical examiner for three decades. She’s also a K-9 handler and the previous director of the State Cadaver Dog Program. She told Oxygen.com that the reliability of a cadaver dog all “depends on the dog and the training of the team.”

Cadaver dog sniffing a basement near Maura Murray's crash shite A cadaver dog in the basement of a home located near Maura Murray's crash site. Photo: Provided Julie said her family sent the documentation and video footage of the cadaver dogs’ response to a part of the basement to the New Hampshire State Police and that they confirmed receipt of the information when asked.

The family felt confident this would lead to something.

“We were sure the cops would go in that week but they haven’t done anything,” Julie said, adding that the new homeowner has no problem with police looking around the house. “They’ve done nothing.”

Julie claims that the Attorney General’s Office in New Hampshire told the family they may look into it but not until the spring, and that they allegedly cited a lack of funding.

Julie also said she feels like her family has little to no communication with investigators on her sister’s case. The officials, however, claim otherwise.

“I disagree with her statements,” Jeffery Strelzin, Associate Attorney General in New Hampshire told Oxygen.com. “We had reached out with Fred Murray and he refused [to speak with us].”

As for the home where the cadaver dogs searched, “the family has their opinion and we’re aware of the allegations, and we are considering next steps. The outside of the area was searched by dogs [previously] and they turned up nothing,” Strelzin said.

One recommendation the Murray family is hearing right now: Dig up the basement themselves. She claims that even an officer from the New Hampshire State Police suggested as much this week.

Julie said they might just do that.

"But, it really shouldn’t have to come down to that,” she said. ‘If I’m now doing the investigation then give me the case files.”

Other issues that may be at play include whether law enforcement would need probable cause to search the basement, as well as if the difficulty of excavating frozen ground would be an issue. Oxygen.com reached out to New Hampshire State Police who forwarded the media request to Strelzin, who said they will not be commenting further.

“It’s a tough position to be in on both the family and law enforcement sides,” Lance Reenstierna told Oxygen.com. He, along with Tim Pilleri, have been investigating the disappearance of Maura Murray on their armchair detective podcast "Missing Maura Murray.” "We are not sure what is under the concrete but we do know that investigations have to be handled delicately at times, especially if there is potential evidence confirming a crime has taken place.”

The disappearance of Maura Murray is still considered an active investigation. Back in 2004, police said there was no evidence of foul play, according to an Associated Press report at the time. They have never publicly said they believe that there is any nor have they appeared to have publicly ruled out whether it was voluntary disappearance or if she died in an accidental way after the crash. In 2014, according to a Caledonian Record report, Strelzin said any future arrest is "impossible to predict at this point."

Ethan Harfenist contributed to this report.

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Journal Opinion

April 10, 2019

Search For Maura Murray Turns Up Nothing

By Alex Nuti-de Blasi

HAVERHILL - The search for Maura Murray Continues.

On April 3, several members of Maura's family were in Haverhill for what they hoped would be the final time. After 15-years searching for his daughter, Fred said he thought this time they had finally found her.

Instead, they learned that a recent promising lead turned up nothing more than a piece of what appeared to be piping or pottery.

Maura Murray has not been seen since Feb. 9, 2004 after her car collided with a snow bank on Route 112 in Haverhill near the Bath and Benton town lines. After 15 years, nobody knows why she left her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she studied nursing and drove to the White Mountains.

In spite of numerous searches that have been conducted since then, Maura's whereabouts remain unknown.

Then, in December, Fred Murray was provided access to a Swiftwater home located very close to the site of his daughter's accident. He had received tips that she was buried in that home shortly after she went missing, but the property had previously been made off-limits to him by the former owners.

The new owners agreed to the search of their basement using cadaver dogs followed by ground penetrating radar testing. Each dog sat in the same location, a signal that they had detected human remains. The GPR scan picked up on a disturbance in the ground under the cement floor.

The results of the private investigation began to circulate publicly in the days leading up to the 15th anniversary of Maura's disappearance.

Last week, New Hampshire State Police and FBI agents mobilized at the location. They concluded their search on April 3 while members of the press and homeowners looked on. That afternoon, New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin reported that no new evidence was found at a press conference at Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill.

Strelzin said that a team of over a dozen agents and detectives cut and removed a section of concrete, then searched several feet down, covering the entire area only to find a small piece of what looked like pottery or piping. He also said that the area had been searched by law enforcement in the past, including with dogs and nothing of significance was discovered.

"The message is the same, everybody involved remains committed to following every lead that is out there to get answers," he said.

The family was devastated. Fifteen years has been too long.

"Its a roller coaster, because if she is there, its horrifying to think how she got there," Maura's older sister, Julie, explained in a recent interview.

Kurtis, who was 15 years old at the time of his older sister's disappearance, said that they had just begun to form a close relationship. They had reached the ages where the six years between them served as a bridge bringing them together.

Now at 30, half his life has been spent searching for answers to the mystery of his sister's disappearance. He said it is always with them, and is the topic at every dinner table conversation.

Julie and Kurtis also want to see closure for their father's sake.

"He should have his retirement," Kurtis said.

"This one is worse than the other false alarms and dead ends," Fred said last week. "She wants to come home and be buried in her home town... And I need to help."

In a statement provided on the morning of April 9, Julie Murray expressed gratitude on behalf of her family:

"While we are saddened that it did not provide closure, we are beyond appreciative for the total team effort surrounding the search. Thanks to the gracious homeowners who allowed this to happen. Thanks to law enforcement and the FBI for conducting the search and hopefully getting us closer to finding Maura. Thanks to the local community for being patient, as we know you did not ask for this. Thanks to all the volunteers and private citizens who continue to amaze us with their selfless dedication to helping my family. Going forward, we are committed to working collectively with law enforcement to bring Maura home."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional reporting for this article provided by staff.

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The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case

Around February 6, 2007

Maura Murray's Feb. 9, 2004 disappearance still a mystery

By Bernie Marvin

HAVERHILL-On Friday February 9, 2007 it will have been three years since a young woman from Massachusetts was traveling east on Route 112 at about 7:15PM near the Haverhill/Benton town line. She apparently lost control and slid into a snow bank just east of the sharp turn near the Westman's Red Barn.

Damage to the woman's car was light. She spoke with a man who drove by the scene in a school bus. Apparently she was uninjured and asked the bus driver not to call police.

Another neighbor saw the activity on the road and called the Haverhill Police to report the accident. The cruiser and officer arrived a short time later, but the woman was gone from the scene.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

Maura Murray, 21 at the time, was enrolled as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus. Prior to that, she had been appointed as a cadet at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. She spent three semesters there before dropping out and transferring to Umass.

On February 9, 2004, Murray packed her personal belongings, stored them in her dorm at Kennedy Hall, told college officials that she had to get home right away because there had been a family emergency and she left in her black 1996 Saturn.

Several local, county and state police agencies, volunteer search organizations, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Attorney General's office, Grafton County Superior Court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court have all been involved in the case at one time or another.

A website is being maintained by the family to receive any information on her disappearance. To date, the site has generated considerable information that is passed on to law enforcement, but no solid leads.

Administrator of the website mauramurray.com is Helena Murray. She is a relative and recently said that although the forum has created controversy in the past, it keeps Maura's name out in the public and this is good for potential leads to solving the mystery.

The story of Maura's vanishing has been told and retold since the event was first reported the day after the accident. The following are the latest highlights gathered from a variety of people connected to the case:

*No recent leads have turned up that would help police find Maura.

*The investigation is being handled by the New Hampshire State Police. The metamorphosis of the chain of agencies and personnel looking at the mystery has involved the Haverhill Police Department, State Police Sergeant Tom Yorke, State Police Lieutenant John Scarinza, the Major Crime Unit, The Attorney General's office and finally New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.

*Private investigators have come to Haverhill and made inquiries. They have come up with nothing solid for leads.

*Fred Murray's legal fight for police investigations records continues, with the Supreme Court telling him that he must articulate what records he wants. They will consider his request. At the Haverhill Police Department, for instance, there are two volumes of investigative records they have completed. Each volume is five inches thick. Some, none or all of these records could be turned over to Maura's father at some time in the future.

*As Haverhill Sergeant Cecil Smith, the lone officer on duty that night responded to the scene from the police department, radio communications records noted that there was a three-way conversation between Sergeant Smith, Grafton County Dispatch and a neighbor on Route 112 who was looking out her window and describing the minor accident as the cruiser rolled closer to the scene. When the final scene observation of Maura Murray was made by the caller to dispatch, Sergeant Smith was in the area of the Swiftwater Stage Store, about a minute or so away. When Sergeant Smith arrived at the scene, Murray was gone.

*Smith did a cursory search of the area, saw no evidence of personal injury, but did see evidence of a driver who could be intoxicated or did not want to be questioned and had left the area.

*A short time later Sergeant Smith was called to a suicide attempt in Pike and as the lone officer on duty for that shift, left the scene. The oncoming midnight officer prepared a search warrant for the vehicle and in the morning police searched the vehicle and found that the operator was Maura.

*Haverhill Police determined that she was a Umass student, and had been in another accident the day prior to her trip to Route 112 and notified her family.

*On past anniversaries of Maura Murray's disappearance, friends and family have gathered at the site of the accident on Route 112. Helena Murray told me this week that there will be no gathering on Friday because it takes too much out of the family.

She said there have been four full searches launched by state authorities, some using a helicopter, dogs and volunteers to assist in the effort.

For reasons unknown by the family, Maura's car, personal effects, clothing, her computer and other items remain impounded by the State Police, Helena Murray said.

The intervening time has taken its toll on the family. She said Maura's sisters, Kathleen and Julie, her brother Freddy and mother Laurie know that "Maura is out there somewhere." The possibilities for Maura are frightening, but somebody out there knows something."

*As Haverhill Sergeant Cecil Smith, the lone officer on duty that night responded to the scene from the police department, radio communications records noted that there was a three-way conversation between Sergeant Smith, Grafton County Dispatch and a neighbor on Route 112 who was looking out her window and describing the minor accident as the cruiser rolled closer to the scene. When the final scene observation of Maura Murray was made by the caller to dispatch, Sergeant Smith was in the area of the Swiftwater Stage Store, about a minute or so away. When Sergeant Smith arrived at the scene, Murray was gone.

*Smith did a cursory search of the area, saw no evidence of personal injury, but did see evidence of a driver who could be intoxicated or did not want to be questioned and had the left the area.

*A short time later Sergeant Smith was called to a suicide attempt in Pike and as the lone officer on duty for that shift, left the scene. The oncoming midnight officer prepared a search warrant for the vehicle and in the morning police searched the vehicle and found the operator was Maura.

*Haverhill Police determined that she was a UMass student, and had been in another accident the day prior to her trip to Route 112 and notified her family.

*On past anniversaries of Maura’s disappearance, friends and family have gathered at the site of the accident on Route 112. Helena Murray told me this week that there will be no gathering on Friday because it takes too much out of the family.

She said there have been four full searches launched by state authorities, some using a helicopter, dogs and volunteers to assist in the effort.

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The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case

February 20, 2014

Bernie's Beat Comments and Observations on our local scene

FEBRUARY 9 MARKED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MAURA MURRAY. SHE VANISHED FROM ROUTE 112 IN NORTH HAVERHILL, BUT THE CASE IS STILL VERY ACTIVE ON BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Ten years ago, on February 9, 2004, a young woman from Massachusetts drove through this area and while driving east on Route 112 in North Haverhill at the Benton town line, plowed into a show bank and her vehicle was disabled.


Neighbors heard the crash and called police. Another neighbor came to the scene to check it out. He also called police. Within a very short time, two police agencies arrived at the scene. The first on the scene said he knew Haverhill unit was about to arrive, so he began cruising the area attempting to find the operator, Maura Murray, 21 who apparently had left the scene.

She was never found and the incident is still classified as a missing person case. Four searches were launched over the next year, there have been lawsuits
filed, tons of bad press have been published pointing fingers at law enforcement and other state agencies, a private investigator was hired to work the case
and in the ensuing years Maura remains missing.

When the incident happened, the local, area and national media was immediately attracted to the story and to the area.

Maura had earlier been a Cadet at West Point and was, just before she vanished, a student at UMass in Amherst.

She was attractive, athletic and although there were a few mysteries swirling around her, she certainly appeared to be a girl who could take care of herself. Her disappearance was very strange on that early evening of February 9, 2004. People still talk about the case and he family continues to follow leads.

But Maura remains missing.During the early and active days of the case, I participated in four different searches into the wooded areas in the vicinity of Route 112, where she was last seen. I followed the rumors that began appearing on the many web sites set up by folks interested in Maura’s case.

How the rumors and innuendo did fly! Many of the respondents and bloggers had all the answers and knew exactly what happened, they knew and named which police agencies were to be blamed and which of. cers were defunct in their ability to determine who grabbed Maura and took her away to her certain death.

Then there were others who knew that Maura had a multitude of family problems and used the Route 112 accident as a cover to be whisked off by a secret boy friend to where they are now living, somewhere in Mexico.

I attended and reported on the court appearances, interviews,press conferences, and reading through the accusatory blogs,columns and public statements that cast a continuing line of opinion that included multiple suspects. I also witnessed the frustrations and fear coming from Maura’s relatives from around the country.

Those blogs and social media rantings and discussions continue to this day, with entries still being written 10 years after Maura Murray spun out and hit that snowbank on Route 112. Where did she go? Was she abducted? Did she set up a ruse to get away from friends and family?

As I have written and said on several occasions in the past, I and many others sincerely hope she and hubby are right now sitting on a beach in Mexico with
their two children, perhaps more, seated on the warm sand enjoying the good life.

Caption: Fred Murray (R) father of Maura Murray spoke to the media at the Grafton County Complex in North Haverhill during the opening weeks of his daughter’s disappearance in 2009. The Bridge Weekly File Bernie Marvin
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The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case

February 14, 2019

Bernie's Beat Comments and Observations on our local scene

ON THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAURA MURRAY’S MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE IN HAVERHILL, A NEW CHAPTER COMES ALIVE. THIS TIME THERE ARE DEMANDS THAT ANOTHER POLICE SEARCH AND A DIG BE MADE. AS IN THE PAST, THE BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES CONTINUE TO FILL. IN THE MEANTIME, MAURA IS STILL MISSING, BUT ACCORDING TO THOSE IN THE KNOW, THE FAMILY MAY BE ON TO SOMETHING.

It was 15 years ago on a very cold typical February 9th night back in 2004, a young woman passing through town on her way from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts to no one knows where, had a minor accident on a fairly tight turn on Route 112 heading east towards the Lincoln area.

Neighbors called in the accident, Haverhill Police responded, but the vehicle, a small 1996 Saturn was empty when police arrived. No vehicle operator was around
and from that moment on,the case has been a deep mystery in the area.

The operator, Maura Murray, a former West Point Cadet, a UMass nursing student and an athlete has remained missing for the past 15 years and now the family believes they are on the trail that may finally close this case.

The relatively new information coming from Maura’s father, Fred, is that back in December last year Fred indicates that cadaver dogs brought into the case by
Fred’s private investigators have indicated that human remains may be located at a structure foundation in the area where the car crashed back in 2004.

Fred Murray had felt for a long time during his many personal searches of the area that there was something going on at a structure near where Maura was last seen. As he has said in the past, he was always unable to gain entrance to the property. He indicated he had tried to get onto the property since the very beginning of his effort to find his missing daughter. Finally, he and his investigatory team have had success getting permission to go inside the property and perform his routines. Fred Murray indicated recently that two cadaver dogs and a ground penetrating radar unit zeroed in on the same location that he said he had known about all along. He said he will not reveal the exact location of the structure that he has said may contain the remains of his daughter.

However, law enforcement authorities have told Fred that they had already searched the properties in question and found nothing of significance. As far as Fred Murray’s new revelations are concerned, his findings may prompt new official police work on that structure. But it may not, as well.

Fred said he would hope that the recent discovery would prompt law enforcement to look again at the location that has been revealing so much information to Fred and his team of investigators. Although the case has been classified as a missing person, Fred Murray has believed from day one that his daughter fell victim to a criminal act and he is determined to find her.

I remember going to Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill when Fred made an appearance after he had sued several New Hampshire agencies. He has consistently been critical of the way the investigation has carried on and he scheduled a meeting with then Governor John Lynch in Concord. Fred said he wanted Governor Lynch to assist him in getting police records. That didn’t happen.

Fred Murray sued Governor Lynch and New Hampshire State Police, other law enforcement agencies plus Attorney General at the time, Kelly Ayotte. He wanted information having to do with the accident and items taken from her car, he wanted other items that were seized by police relative to their investigation. Eventually the court denied continuing with the suit.

As in the past near the anniversary date of Maura’s disappearance, the Murray family, friends and followers of the case, both locally and from away, gathered for a memorial at the tree that was involved with Maura’s car the night she slid off Route 112. Last weekend the family gathered at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River on Saturday, then held their memorial lighting tree-side on Route 112 at the accident site.

Last Saturday evening beginning around 7 PM, close to the time the event happened in 2004, Fred Murray and family members and friends gathered for a “Light Up the Sky for Maura” Memorial.

Over the past many years, the Maura Murray incident has attracted more than 13,000 participants to a Facebook page dedicated to Maura, her family, observers, opinion writers and others who have followed the family and events closely.

On Saturday evening, memorial participant Scott Wahl, who traveled to the memorial service from Virginia, reported on the page that the temperatures at the memorial site were well under 10-degrees and more than 40 people showed up. He said that local police “supported the effort by closing off the road for safety while people gathered to remember Maura and push for new answers.”

Wahl said this anniversary has proved to be the best year yet that he remembers concerning media coverage. He said they were constantly busy with interviews “from the media as they push for law enforcement to get involved concerning the recent evidence discovered locally.”The event was covered nationally by Fox and AP news, plus many local news networks.

He said that Fred Murray continues to be steadfast and is determined as ever to find his daughter. Wahl reported that many new connections were made last weekend and he hopes the new relationship will help connect some of the old dots that have been out there for so long.

Wahl reported on Facebook that “it is strange turn of events we were notified while in the process of leaving the candlelight vigil that police had a mobile command center set up in the area and were actively searching for something.”

He said he spoke with law enforcement at the scene, but they couldn’t say what they were looking for, but “the timing seemed very odd with recent media pressure with a 15-year anniversary in the unusually large mobilization manpower so close to where Maura was last seen.” Wahl said he was going to find out more about what was taking place and to see if it had anything to do with the Maura Murray case.

During his visit last weekend to the Haverhill area, where he is no stranger, Fred said to assembled friends and media that he will continue searching for his daughter, he said he just wants to find her and bring her home.

Caption: The Fred Murray family and friends gathered last Saturday night, February 9, 2019 at the site on Route 112 in Haverhill where his daughter, Maura
Murray, crashed her vehicle into a tree on a snowy night of February 9, 2004. Photo from Facebook

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The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case

April 11, 2019

No new Clues in search - Fred Murray: “This one hurts...”

By Bernie Marvin

Haverhill, NH - Now in in its 15th year of continued dead ends and empty search results, the mysterious case of Maura Murray, a then 21-year old Massachusetts
college girl who vanished after being involved in a vehicle crash on Route 112 near the HaverhillBath Town Line, is entering yet another phase.

This according to a family spokesman who reviewed those future actions with The Bridge Weekly concerning the case that began on the frigid night of February 9,
2004 and has been ongoing for her family, close friends and a team of private investigators.

John E. Smith of Littleton who began looking into the disappearance of Murray, a former West Point Military Academy Cadet, athlete and nursing student at
the University of Massachusetts on the night she disappeared, said last weekend that the Murray family will press on with their daily search efforts to find Maura and “will be looking at other places of interest.” He would not elaborate.

With the gathering of her family and friends held just two months ago for 15th anniversary observance of her vanishing without a trace from the crash site, Maura’s father, Fred Murray and his family and associates were hit hard with the announcement by New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Jeff Strelzin last Wednesday when it was revealed that last week’s search of a property at 92 Wild Ammonoosuc Road (Route 112) in Haverhill yielded no new clues.

There has been speculation swirling around over the years about what happened to Maura Murray, but no matter which trail searched, location of the property probed, or the people interviewed, she still remains missing. The case that had been centered around the area of the crash near the curve on Route 112 quickly went public and continued for continuing discussion and speculation on several social media programs, websites, podcasts, sleuths, ABC 20/20, the Oxygen TV series along with countless psychic detectives who have their own theories about what really did happen that cold night of February 9, 2004.

Last Wednesday afternoon, April 3, a team of New Hampshire State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents, some in white Tyvek suits, finished up an investigation of a home on Route 112 not quite 100 yards from the site of where Murray allegedly hit a snow bank and possibly a tree back on that evening in 2004.

At the site last Wednesday were members of the media, Murray family members, friends and others who have been following the case for the past 15 years.

Because the gaggle of news people and onlookers were prompting complaining phone calls from neighbors about vehicles parking on private lawns and driveways, the gang was requested by the New Hampshire State Police to assemble at the Grafton County Superior Court parking lot in North Haverhill, six miles away to the west. They were promised that a press briefing would be held there where official findings of the investigation would be revealed.

At 3:00 PM, Associate Attorney General Strelzin announced there was no new evidence found with the day’s activities.

The area at the same house had earlier been searched by New Hampshire law enforcement just after Murray was reported missing. Strelzin noted that late last year a private group of citizens had used ground penetrating radar and determined something had been disturbed with the ground underneath in the basement. Fred Murray and a crew had also used two cadaver dogs and determined there might be something underneath the concrete basement, as well.

Associate Attorney General Strelzin reported that a team of a dozen agents and detectives went into the basement area and had searched several feet down. He said they located nothing other than a small piece of what may have been pottery and an old piece of piping.

The latest failure to find evidence of Maura Murray’s whereabouts will not slow down the family, John E. Smith of Truth Seekers Investigations said last weekend. He has prior law enforcement experience and was a private investigator who has been involved with the family’s investigation since the time of the crash 15 years ago. He provides his services at no charge to the Murray family.

He reported that at a private family gathering after the Strelzin announcement was made that the Murray family and their team have no intention of giving up the search and their investigation will be moving forward.

There are places of interest they will be looking at soon. Smith indicated there are four people working with Fred Murray and family members. They feel that Maura’s body is most likely still in the area and that has been their focus for the past 15 years and will continue to be.

The furthest search from the Ground Zero area on Route 112 has been about 25 miles out from the scene, they’ve also looked at areas of the Kancamagus Highway and at some areas in the town of Bartlett.

Fred Murray will continue searching until she is found. Just after Strelzin’s announcement, Murray said that “This one hurts, because I thought we finally had it. This one is worse than the other false alarms or dead ends."

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The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case

July 12, 2018

New York tech company scans Haverhill property looking for Maura Murray clues

By Bernie Marvin

The cold case of a University of Massachusetts woman, Maura Murray, who went missing on the evening of February 9, 2004 has come to the surface once again as a high tech company traveled to the Route 112 area of Haverhill to perform an electronic ground search. GB Geotechnics (GBG) of New York City, used ground penetrating radar last Sunday, July 8, 2018 in an attempt to .nd new leads to Murray’s 2004 disappearance in the vicinity of the red barn on the sharp turn on Route 112.

Murray, 21, mysteriously disappeared after crashing her car into a snow bank at a tight turn on Route 112. Responding police from Haverhill and the New Hampshire
State Police appeared at the accident scene within a few minutes after the accident was called in by a neighbor who had seen the accident. It didn’t take police long to determine that despite freezing temperatures and fairly deep snow, Murray was nowhere to be found. Police at the time indicated they searched both directions on Route 112 and beyond and into North Woodstock and Lincoln in the search for Murray who was traveling to that area from Massachusetts. At the time, Murray was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Why she was traveling to New Hampshire at that time of the night in bad weather remains in speculation. As the case grew older and colder, new theories of how and when and why Ms. Murray drove to that section of Haverhill, New Hampshire and disappeared began to surface.

According to reports generated by a Boston television station last weekend, a team brought their equipment to the area of the accident last Sunday to scan the area looking for clues to her disappearance. According to that news report which was picked up by several other television stations, the search was undertaken at the behest of the digital cable and satellite television channel “Oxygen,” a true crime station that produces programming primarily on women.

The program aired a series of interviews in the Haverhill area that concentrated on the Maura Murray case. The popular show is hosted by Maggie Freleng, an investigative journalist based out of New York City. According to her background cited by the National Crime Information Center, Maggie focuses on mental health, social issues, gender and sexuality. The disappearance of Maura Murray hit close to home, the report noted, in that Maggie attended the same college, University of Massachusetts. Maggie Freleng brings a passion to the Maura Murray project, not only because of her connection to Maura, but also because her dedication to advocate for at least 70,000 missing women in this country, the report concluded.

Freleng indicated to the television station that she is responsible for making last Sunday’s search come together. The Maura Murray case has been a focus of the television production on which Freleng has appeared along with several Haverhill personnel, including police officers, who were directly connected to the case of her disappearance and subsequent searches conducted over the years since.

Freleng indicated to the television station that she had worked closely with the family on the case and it would have been wrong to just drop the matter and walk away. She said she could not do that. According to the aired report, Freleng started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the search program that was undertaken last Sunday. She specifically asked for the use of ground penetrating radar to look for any differences or disturbances in the soil.

Freleng and the staff got together with GBG to use its technology in the search. Ed Sewell, of GBG said that the case has affected so many people and continues, “we thought it would be the right thing to do by coming up to do a search,” he said.

The company is working for free. Maura Murray’s dad, Fred Murray, said he was overwhelmed by the search as he has continued his quest over the many years to find his daughter. He has continually indicated over the years since her disappearance that she wants to find her and bring her home for a proper burial.

According to reports, the ground survey crew on Sunday scanned a property in the area of where a structure was once located. According to the report the property
was of interest during the investigation in Murray’s disappearance, but circumstances did not allow for the property to be searched at that time.

New owners of the property, it was reported, allowed access to the survey crews for Sunday’s search. Fred Murray indicated that the property worked on Sunday has
to be included in the investigation and that it should be looked at.


Freleng and her crew said this will not be their last visit to the area. She reported that she has already found another location she wants to look at next. The Go Fund Me page shows photographs of Maura and a missing person poster entitled “Endangered Missing Adult.” The Go Fund Me page was opened, it indicated, on behalf of the Find Maura Fund, by Maggie Freleng of New York. On the Go Fund Me page, Freleng writes that “Maura Murray disappeared from the side of the road in Haverhill, New Hampshire on February 9, 2004. She was involved in a single motor vehicle accident and she has never been seen again. It has been 14 years since she went missing and the Murray family deserves answers. Maura would be 36 today.”

“We are starting this Go Fund Me,” Freleng writes, “to raise as much money as we can so the community can use ground penetrating radar (GP R) on a (certain house) and other areas of interest. “We are also raising additional reward money for information leading to Maura. The money will be held by us until someone comes forward to claim it. With con.rma - tion by police that this person is indeed providing information leading to Maura, we will give them the money, as is standard protocol.


“If it is not claimed in two years, it will donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Murrays and the New Hampshire State Police have given the okay on the search and reward money in the Go Fund Me description,“ she wrote. She added in her report that the FBI has graciously helped with the resources.

She writes that “This past weekend my eyes were open on how many people from across the country are interested in Maura’s story and are looking for answers. I met people from Newfoundland to Australia to Alabama to London spreading the word and inquiring about Maura.

“This is because of international concern. We know we can raise the funds. Thank you for any donations you can make to get the answers for the Murrays.

“Someone knows something.”

Signed, Maggie Freleng, Art Roderick, Tim Larry and Lance Reenstierna.


Caption:
New Hampshire Fish and Game Lieutenant Todd Bogardus, at left and then Haverhill Police Chief Jeffrey Williams confer on the morning of February 19, 2004 relative to the mysterious disappearance of University of Massachusetts student Maura Murray who was traveling through the area and crashed her car at a sharp turn on Route 112 in Haverhill. Ms. Murray has been missing ever since. The Bridge Weekly file photos/Bernie Marvin

Caption:
On the morning of February 19, 2004, just 10 days after the mysterious disappearance of University of Massachusetts student Maura Murray at a section of Route 112 in Haverhill, a second search was begun that included New Hampshire Fish and Game officers, personnel from the Haverhill Police Department, volunteers and members
of a search and rescue company that brought several search animals to the area to participate in the effort. No trace of Ms. Murray has ever been found.

Caption:
On the morning of February 19, 2004, just 10 days after the mysterious disappearance of University of Massachusetts student Maura Murray at a section of Route 112 in Haverhill, a second search was begun that included New Hampshire Fish and Game officers, personnel from the Haverhill Police Department, volunteers and members
of a search and rescue company that brought several search animals to the area to participate in the effort. No trace of Ms. Murray has ever been found.

 

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