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« Reply #300 on: December 15, 2019, 09:44:29 am »
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.

Discussion is here: https://mauramurray.createaforum.com/archive-of-prior-analysis-and-discussion/journal-opinion-41019-'search-for-maura-murray-turns-up-nothing'-by-alex-nuti-de/
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