Mystery in the Mountains: The disappearance of Maura Murray

Mystery in the Mountains

It’s a case that sent authorities into a search frenzy. In February 2004, a 21-year-old UMass Amherst nursing student disappeared.

Police said Maura Murray left campus after withdrawing $280 from an ATM. She had told her professors she wouldn’t be in class due to a death in the family. That wasn’t true. Murray packed a bag full of clothes, toiletries and make-up and headed-off. No one knows where.

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Later that day, just before 7:30 p.m. Murray’s car became stuck in a ditch on Route 112 in Haverhill, New Hampshire. A bus driver who passed by called police, expressing concern for her safety. Police arrived about 15 minutes later to find Murray’s locked car — but not her.

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Police searched the area, including several homes. In April 2019, New Hampshire State Police and FBI agents dug a few feet down into the basement of a home on Route 112.

“A team of over a dozen agents and detectives went into that basement,” New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin told reporters at a press briefing. “They cut that area, removed the concrete and then searched several feet down and covered the entire area and beyond where that disturbed ground had been.

“They located absolutely nothing.”

Last year, Murray’s family fought to keep the blue ribbon hanging from a tree at the site where her car was found in her memory. Her sister, Julie, said the family has never considered taking it down.

“Never. This is history,” she said.

If you have any information about the case, call the New Hampshire State Police

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