Murray’s vehicle was involved in a single-car crash on Route 112 in North Haverhill.
Police received two calls from two residents reporting a car off the road. The first call came at 7:27 p.m. A local bus driver later told investigators he saw a woman standing outside the black Saturn.
Local resident Steve Loud told WMUR at the time that no tracks were seen going into the woods in the area. Many people have theorized since that Murray, 21, stayed on the road before she vanished.
“My initial thought is still what I think,” Murray’s father Fred told WMUR in 2014. “Somebody locally grabbed her who knows the area, knows where to go, knows how to get into someplace and out of someplace without being seen.”
State prosecutors and police have now announced they have returned to two New Hampshire towns – Landaff and Easton – to undertake “a more extensive search surrounding areas that had been previously searched in a more limited fashion”.
“We’ve had no clues, we’ve had no answers, so any little clue would help us,” Maura’s sister, Julie Murray, told NBC10 Boston Wednesday.
In 2019, investigators searched a house and dug up a basement in Haverhill. They had previously searched the dwelling, but had not searched inside.
The search was prompted by local dogs and a radar scan, which seemed to indicate that the ground had been moved.
The search did not bring any further clues as to what might have happened to Maura.
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On the day she vanished, the nursing student is said to have emailed one of her professors to tell them that she wasn’t able to go to class as she need to go home due to a family bereavement.
This turned out to be a lie.
Maura crashed her car into trees and a snowbank 140 miles away from her university, on Route 112, which leads to the White Mountain National Forest.
After the accident at 07:30pm, a local couple called the police, while a school bus driver asked if she wanted him to ring the police. Maura refused, and told him she had already called AAA. The driver called the police anyway.
But by the time officers appeared, Maura was nowhere to be seen: he car’s doors were locked and the vehicle was facing in the opposite direction than what she was driving.
All her possessions were in the car, bar her wallet.
Since that day, there has never been any credible sightings of Maura and her missing persons case is one of the most mysterious in New Hampshire.
Her dad Fred, as well as some investigators, believe Maura wanted to get away for a few days.
The young woman had recently resolved an issue with a stolen credit card and had caused damage to Fred’s car during a previous crash.