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?