POLICE have announced an important update in the case of a 21-year-old student who went missing in 2004.
Maura Murray, a University of Massachusetts-Amherst student, disappeared after her car skidded on a snowy road in Haverhill, New Hampshire, and has not been seen since.
Prosecutors and police have now announced they have returned to two New Hampshire towns – Landaff and Easton – to conduct “a broader search of the area that had previously been searched in a more limited manner.”
“We had no leads, we had no answers, so any little lead would help us,” Maura’s sister Julie Murray told NBC10 Boston on Wednesday.
In 2019, investigators searched a home and excavated a basement in Haverhill. They had previously searched the apartment but did not look inside.
The search was prompted by resident dogs and a radar scan, which appeared to indicate the ground had been moved.
The search yielded no further clues as to what might have happened to Maura.
On the day she disappeared, the nursing student reportedly emailed one of her professors to say she was unable to go to class because she had to go home due to a bereavement in the family.
This turned out to be a lie.
Maura crashed her car into trees and a snowdrift 140 miles from her university on Route 112, which leads to White Mountain National Forest.
After the accident at 7:30 p.m., a local couple called the police, while a school bus driver asked if she wanted him to call the police. Maura declined, telling him she had already called AAA. The driver called the police anyway.
But when officers showed up, Maura was nowhere to be seen: the car’s doors were locked and the vehicle had been traveling in the opposite direction as she was driving.
All of her belongings were in the car apart from her wallet.
Since that day, there have never been any credible sightings of Maura, and her missing person case is one of the most mysterious in New Hampshire.
Her father, Fred, and some investigators believe Maura wanted to go away for a few days.
The young woman had recently solved a problem with a stolen credit card and caused damage to Fred’s car in a previous accident.
And just four days before her disappearance, she received a mysterious phone call while working in her university’s security department.
The call made her burst into tears and her supervisor had to escort her home as she was too upset to do her job.
Theories about what happened to Maura range from her kidnapping and murder to her escape and starting a new life in Canada.
Fred is certain that Maura has fallen victim to someone intent on harming her.
Maura’s father told the Associated Press on the 10th anniversary of the student’s disappearance, “There is no letting go. My daughter wouldn’t want me to leave her. She would want me to keep trying to figure out who grabbed her.
“She was helpless out there. Nowhere to run away. Nowhere to hide. Nobody asking for help.
Important update in the case of a missing student, 21, who has left a chilling clue about a car after disappearing under mysterious circumstances