Monday, September 18, 2017

Mystery Monday: Maura Murray

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



Today's my first-ever Mystery Monday rerun...but I'm rerunning for a good reason. Saturday night, a six-part series called The Disappearance of Maura Murray debuts on Oxygen and if you haven't heard that story, you must at least read up on it to decide whether you want to watch the show or not. For me, it is hands down the most haunting mysterious disappearance story I've ever heard.


This story was originally posted in 2015 under the title She Just Disappeared.



Maura Murray was a 21-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Without warning or explanation, Maura got in her car one day and started driving toward the White Mountains. She wrecked her car in a snowbank at this spot on Route 112 in Woodsville, New Hampshire:



She was last seen standing by her damaged black Saturn. A bus driver stopped to ask if she needed him to call the police. She asked him not to and said she'd already called AAA. (No cell phone service is available in the area, so that couldn't have happened.) The bus driver got home a few minutes later and called the police. When they arrived at the scene three minutes later, they found a locked, empty car and no sign of Maura.




Maura wasn't perfect. In fact, she got into a little trouble before disappearing. This is a shot of her taken by the police after she illegally used someone's credit card to buy food:



There have been stories that her body was buried beneath a local guy's house. There have been questions about whether she started a new life somewhere. There have been all kinds of rumors, innuendo, and facts...all of which are brought out and dissected on podcasts, on news shows, and online. 




Johnny Depp even recently purchased the rights to a book written by a journalist obsessed with Maura's case. What will really be amazing is if the many "armchair detectives" who are obsessed with this case can actually solve it, once and for all.

Did Maura run from the scene and start a new life?



Or did someone harm her?



What do you think?

32 comments:

  1. Maybe she was in more trouble than people knew and did decide to run?

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    1. That is for sure the most popular theory about why she was up there in the first place...

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  2. It sounds like she may have started a new life since there's no evidence of any foul play. Either way it's a parent's nightmare.

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    1. I thought that, too--and certainly that would be the best ending for all this. I think even her father would be happy with that, as opposed to the alternative. But how would she work? Wouldn't she need a social security number? She'd have to take on a false identity.

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  3. This sounds very hard to determine

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  4. So sad and strange. Her poor family. I'm sure that bus driver is forever changed by that moment, as well. Based on the cell phone comment, it sounds to me, that she was planning something. A sad situation, that may forever be a mystery.

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    1. So weird that she disappeared in such a short period of time, but many believe a second driver may have been following her and stopped to pick her up...

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  5. Maybe she had to say that she had called AAA because someone threatening her was close by. I don't know if I'd want to watch the show. I'll think about it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I honestly couldn't blame her for trying to get rid of the bus driver--I could see him seeming threatening--but I would have at least asked him to go home and call for help.

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    2. I would have, too, unless I was being watched and threatened.

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  6. With so little to go on, I have to hope she started a new life, but then it's awful for her family if they never find out.

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    1. This documentary may help, but so much time and energy has been put into investigating this case by SO many. Private investigators, fans... I think with the documentary, at least they have some pros looking at it. It sounds like the local police aren't nearly as fascinated with this case as the public...

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  7. Hi Stephanie - gosh I've no idea ... what strange happenings - and in snow you can't just disappear - there'd have been markings - unless the police 'copped out' and didn't do sufficient investigation ... sounds like she had some dark sides to her life ... just sad - but it happens ... cheers Hilary

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    1. There were no foot tracks in the nearby snow leading into the woods. I did remember hearing that. Although I believe the roads were clear, so there wouldn't have been markings there.

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  8. Just guessing that she arranged her disappearance, else why lie to the bus driver? Maybe someone will solve it.

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    1. She's also believed to have been drinking. There was alcohol found in her car and some stains. Along the way, they found footage where she'd stopped to buy a bunch of alcohol.

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  9. Need more info. If I had Oxygen I would watch the series--LOL! :)

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    1. There was a great Disappeared episode on her, too...but I have a feeling Oxygen is going to bring out things we haven't heard before. I just remembered I need to go set the series to record on my DVR!!!

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  10. I think she started a new life elsewhere.

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  11. Another stumper! My best guess would be that she was drunk and she took an offered ride with a stranger. Or, possibly not a stranger. Either way, my bet is that she was killed and her body will be found in the future...I would think a girl that young, if she was alive, would've contacted her family at some point.

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    1. I can confirm she was likely drunk...so that is definitely the way I lean. Either she took a ride or was forced into a car--either way, I don't think she's alive today.

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  12. I think she disappeared with someone she was involved with. She probably took on a new identity with new sin #'s, drivers license etc... Look at Olivia Newton John's fiancee who went missing and presumed dead. She grieved, moved on only to find out, years later, that he faked his own death. It can be done even today

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    1. ONJ's dude is still out there, too--he got away with it! Didn't he commit fraud and owe a bunch of money or something?

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  14. My father's grandfather was supposedly kicked in the head by a horse and wandered off never to return. The family thought the head trauma made him forget where home was. My dad always joked that the man had 12 kids- he wandered off not because he was crazy, but because he got smart. No one ever did find out where he went.

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  15. Definitely plan to set the DVR for this because I'm fascinated. A person who heads up to the mountains suddenly, but stops to purchase beer, then lies about calling AAA sounds like she's going to meet someone. Perhaps that person picked her up, or she was drunk and drove off with a stranger in an attempt to get to her meeting place. Can't wait to see this documentary.

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  16. This is a mystery indeed. I hope that she's okay and just started a new life, perhaps.

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  17. I think she disappeared on purpose and I'd love to find out why. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  18. I think she started a new life somewhere! Well, I hope she did!

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