These 'Headlines' are provided to give an overview of the significant events in our family's search for
Maura, as recorded by the Media. The specific articles were chosen mostly at random or because
they gave a clearer sense of the event.
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however the links will become inactive over time. While significant events are routinely picked up by
AP and articles will appear even in places like Alaska and Hawaii, they present the same
information. We will try to post only the source articles.
Missing person investigation for Massachusetts woman continues
By Associated Press
Friday, February 13, 2004
HAVERHILL, N.H. - A missing person investigation continued Friday for a young Massachusetts
woman, who disappeared earlier this week after her second car crash in three days.
Haverhill police Chief Jeff Williams said the search of the area where Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson,
Mass., crashed her car into a snowbank last Monday has ended, but the investigation continues. He
said the hope is she will contact a family member or friend, or someone else might see her and call,
Air, Ground Search Futile
FBI Called Into Case
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 2/20/04
HAVERHILL, NH - Nancy Lyon and her canine partner, a 3-year-old malinois, Quicklie, spent most of
Thursday morning scouring a section of Route 112 for a missing 21-year-old Hanson, Mass.,
With no new leads, FBI joins search for missing student
By Peter DeMarco, Globe Correspondent, 2/20/2004
The FBI has joined in the search for missing college student Maura Murray, but without a single lead
in the nearly two-week old case, New Hampshire authorities said the additional investigators might
not make a difference. Murray, a 21-year-old Hanson native and nursing student at the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, vanished the night of Feb. 9 after crashing her car into a snowbank on a
rural road in Woodsville, N.H.
Police in helicopters and with their dogs searched the area for a second time yesterday, but with no
evidence that Murray fled into the woods, her family and authorities believe she either hitched a ride
and is on her own, or was abducted.
Family, Friends of Maura Murray Upset With Investigation Seeking Outside
By GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 2/27/04
HAVERHILL, NH - Family and friends of 21-year-old Maura Murray believe someone picked up the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst nursing student after she was involved in a one-car accident
in Haverhill, N.H., Feb. 9.
A family waits and wonders: What happened to Maura?
Fred Murray of Hanson looks at a map in his motel room in Wells River, Vt., before setting out with
his sister Kathleen to search for clues in the disappearance their sister Maura, who was last seen
after crashing her car on Feb. 9 on Route 112 in nearby Haverhill, N.H.
By JOE McGEE 2/28/04
The Patriot Ledger
WELLS RIVER, Vt. - Kathleen Murray scatters the belongings on a motel room floor like pieces of a
puzzle. The bag of stuff is what her sister, Maura Murray of Hanson, left behind when she was last
seen Feb. 9 in Woodsville, N.H. - clothes, CDs, makeup and a copy of ‘‘Not Without Peril,'' journalist
Nicholas Howe's story about people who died hiking New Hampshire's Presidential Mountain
Missing woman's sister finds underwear near crash site
By Marie Szaniszlo Boston Herald
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
The sister of a University of Massachusetts nursing student who vanished three weeks ago after
crashing her car on a New Hampshire road discovered a pair of women's underwear a few miles
from the crash scene.
Potential Evidence Discounted
Missing Woman Investigation
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 3/24/04
- Maura Murray's friends and relatives were breathing a bit easier Tuesday after learning underwear
found off a road in the town of Haverhill did not belong to her.
Vermont Woman Turns Out Missing After Car Crash
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 3/29/04
- Another young woman has turned up missing after a car accident on a dark, rural highway - this
time in Vermont.
Brianna Maitland, 17, of Sheldon, Vt., has disappeared after being involved in a one-car accident late
at night on the East Berkshire Road in northern Vermont.
K-9 Teams To Search For Murray
Family Still Hopeful
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY Staff Writer 4/2/04
HAVERHILL, NH - Family and friends say they have not given up hope that 21-year-old Maura Murray,
of Hanson, Mass., will be found.
Although an official air and ground search was declared concluded by New Hampshire Fish and
Game and Troop F State Police officials in February, K-9 teams from the Adirondack Rescue Dog
Association will resume their search of the Haverhill area this weekend.
Another search for missing student turns up nothing
By Associated Press – Boston Herald
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
HAVERHILL, N.H. - Another search for a missing University of Massachusetts student has failed to
turn up any sign of her whereabouts.
State police in a helicopter searched the Haverhill area on Monday. That's where Maura Murray, 21,
of Hanson, Mass., was last seen the night of Feb. 9.
Lt. John Scarinza said the area had been searched before, but had been covered with snow. He said
he did not know exactly when ground searchers would go back into the woods.
Ceremony Planned For Murray Accident Site
Public Urged To Attend
By GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 4/30/04
HAVERHILL, NH - Family and friends of missing University of Massachusetts at Amherst nursing
student Maura Murray will hold a special Circle of Hope ceremony simultaneously throughout parts
of the country at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Missing 3 months and still no clues: Hanson woman's kin, friends gather
By CHRIS NELSON
For The Patriot Ledger 5/4/04
HANSON - Three months after Hanson native Maura Murray vanished in northern New Hampshire,
friends and family say they are upset by lack of progress in the case.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst student vanished after crashing her car on Route 112 in
Yesterday, friends and family gathered at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for what they
termed a ‘‘circle of hope'' ceremony to rekindle interest in the case.
Police Have New Lead In Maura Murray Case
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer
HAVERHILL, NH - There may be a break in the case involving 21-year-old nursing student Maura
Murray who disappeared the night of Feb. 9 after she was involved in a one-car accident on rural
Route 112 in Haverhill.
New Hampshire State Police Troop F Lt. John Scarinza said a witness has come forward with
information he may have seen Murray about four to five miles east of the accident scene.
Scarinza said a man, whom he declined to identify, was returning from a construction job in the
Franconia area when he spotted a young woman matching Murray's description hurrying east on
Route 112, about an hour after her accident.
He not only believes the witness' information is credible, he also believes the man actually saw the
Hanson, Mass., resident.
(The witness contacted state police April 29 about possibly seeing Murray the night of the accident.)
Families of missing women gather to support one another
By MIKE RECHT
Associated Press Writer 5/8/04
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - The families of two missing women came together in Haverhill on Saturday
to plead help from the public and federal authorities.
Fred Murray of Weymouth, Mass., whose daughter, Maura, 21, disappeared on Feb. 9 in Haverhill
after a minor car accident, set up the meeting before starting another weekend of searching.
He was joined by Bruce and Kellie Maitland of East Franklin, Vt., whose daughter, Brianna, 17, was
last seen on March 19 after she left work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, Vt.
Fred Murray Appeals To Governor Benson
Says Police Failed His Daughter
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 5/26/04
- The father of a missing 22-year-old University of Massachusetts at Amherst nursing student is
appealing to Gov. Craig Benson to urge New Hampshire State Police to call in the FBI for help in
finding his daughter.
FBI Involved In Investigation
Brianna Maitland Disappearance
By GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 5/29/04
- Experts from the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Laboratory in Quantico, Va., are involved in the
investigation of the disappearance of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland.
Maitland, who lives in Sheldon, Vt., has not been seen nor heard from since she clocked out of work
at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery around 11:30 p.m. March 19.
William McSalis, a supervisory senior agent in the FBI's Burlington office, confirmed late Friday
afternoon the FBI is involved in the Maitland case.
In fact, McSalis said the FBI has been working closely with Vermont State Police nearly since the
inception of the case.
Authorities shed new light on missing women's lives
By LEON THOMPSON
Messenger Staff Writer 6/10/04 (St. Albans Messenger)
ST. ALBANS TOWN Police concluded Tuesday there is no connection in the mysterious
disappearances of Brianna Maitland, 17, of Franklin, and Maura Murray, 21, of New Hampshire.
Investigators did say, however, that Maitland had strong ties to the drug community, and that Murray
probably ran away.
For four hours yesterday, the Vermont State Police (VSP), New Hampshire State Police and FBI met
at the VSP barracks in St. Albans before addressing the media about the cases. Their assessment:
The Maitland and Murray cases are unrelated.
Parents Of Missing Vermont Teen Heartened By Dubie Meeting
By GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 6/10/04
- The parents of a missing 17-year-old Sheldon woman are feeling a bit more optimistic they will be
receiving help from law enforcement authorities after meeting with Vermont Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie,
Kellie and Bruce Maitland of Franklin met with Dubie and Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper
at the Williston state police barracks to talk about their daughter Brianna, who has been missing
since she clocked out of work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery 11:20 p.m. March 19.
Kellie said she left the two-hour meeting with guarded optimism.
Dubie and Sleeper told the Maitlands they will ensure Brianna's disappearance will gain exposure
with the national media, according to Bruce Maitland.
State Police Discard Runaway Theory
Drugs May Be Connection To Disappearance
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 6/16/04
- The passing of seven days has resulted in a huge turnaround in the way Vermont State Police are
treating the disappearance of Brianna Maitland.
Maitland, 17, was last seen at about 11:20 p.m. March 19 when she clocked out of work at the Black
Lantern Inn in Montgomery.
VSP had originally said Maitland was a runaway and had run away in the past. During a press
conference June 8, they said they were tired of wasting time tracking down worthless leads.
Major Crimes Unit Involved
Maura Murray Case
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 6/29/04
- The New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit is now involved in the disappearance of 22-
year-old Maura Murray.
Murray, a University of Massachusetts at Amherst nursing student, has been missing since she was
involved in a minor one-car accident the night of Feb. 9.
Her father, Fred, said the Major Crimes Unit earlier this month requested that everything present in
Maura's black 1996 Saturn at the time of the accident be returned so a forensics investigation may
At the time of the accident, Maura had about a week's worth of clothing, books for her college
classes and diamond jewelry with her.
Everything in the car was turned over to family members after the accident.
Police Secure Murray Items For Evidence
Lieutenant Says Major Crimes Involved Since Beginning
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 7/1/04
- State police say they have secured items from a missing 22-year-old University of Massachusetts
at Amherst nursing student as possible evidence.
Lt. John Scarinza, commander of New Hampshire State Police Troop F, says the items are being
held, possibly for further investigation.
However, Scarinza also says it's not true the state police Major Crimes Unit is only now getting
involved in the Maura Murray case.
Another Search For Maura Murray Turns Up Little
Missing Since Feb. 9
By LORNA COLQUHOUN, Special To The Caledonian-Record 7/14/04
HAVERHILL, NH - Nearly 100 searchers from across New Hampshire combed a one-mile radius in
Swiftwater, N.H., Tuesday, in search of clues that could shed light into the perplexing mystery of what
happened to Maura Murray.
State, Haverhill Police Won't Release Murray Information
Father Denied Access
By GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer 7/24/04
HAVERHILL, NH - New Hampshire State Police and Haverhill police are refusing to release
information regarding a February accident involving a Massachusetts woman and her subsequent
Missing Phone Call
Nov 24, 2004, 10:04
In what is becoming a long list of frustrations for the family and friends of Maura Murray, it appears
that the New Hampshire State Police did not even investigate the final phone call Murray made from
her cell phone the day she disappeared.
Haunted, but hopeful: Family wants N.H. police to do more to find Maura
Murray, who disappeared a year ago
Maura Murray of Hanson crashed and disappeared a year ago in New Hampshire. Her father, Fred
Murray, hangs new pictures on a tree her car hit.
By JOE McGEE
The Patriot Ledger 2/9/05
HAVERHILL, N.H. - Fred Murray rips down a worn blue ribbon from a tree standing off the side of a
country road. It has been a year since his daughter, Maura Murray of Hanson, disappeared from this
site on Route 112 in Haverhill. Murray puts up a new ribbon as a symbol of new hope.
‘‘I hope this will be the last time we have to do this,'' he said.
Father Of Mass. Woman Who Disappeared Meets Governor
CONCORD, N.H. -- The father of a Massachusetts woman who disappeared a year ago met with
Gov. John Lynch on Wednesday to ask for his help in getting records of the investigation.
Fred Murray, whose daughter Maura vanished after a minor car accident in Haverhill, wants state
police to release their records so he can pursue leads himself.
"I asked, failing that, to have it declared a criminal investigation rather than a missing person
investigation, and, if he didn't want to do that, I asked him to accept the offer of the FBI to come in,"
Murray said after the meeting with Lynch.
Lynch made no commitments on the specific requests.
Journal Opinion 4/27/05
Haverhill – Haverhill Police Chief Jeff Williams confirmed Monday that a rumor circulated over the
weekend is untrue – no body has been found in Haverhill and Maura Murray’s whereabouts are still
unknown, he said.
Television show to feature case of missing college student
Manchester Union Leader
Dec 23, 2005 6:04 AM EST
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) -- The case of a college student who disappeared after a car crash in
northern New Hampshire will be featured on ABC's 20-20 next month.
Father seeks records in case of missing daughter
The Associated Press
A judge Wednesday took under advisement a Massachusetts man's request to see the police files
in the case of his daughter who disappeared in northern New Hampshire.
Grafton County Superior Court Judge Timothy Vaughan heard the case in Haverhill a few miles from
where Maura Murray, 21, disappeared after a minor car accident on Route 112 in February 2004, the
Valley News reported.
Private Investigators Renew Search For Missing Woman
21-Year-Old Disappears After Car Accident In New Hampshire
POSTED: 4:32 pm EST January 4, 2006
UPDATED: 5:45 pm EST January 4, 2006
BOSTON -- A group of private investigators agreed Wednesday to join the search for a missing
Massachusetts woman who disappeared last year after a car accident in New Hampshire.
N.H. judge denies father's records request in case of missing daughter
Friday, January 27, 2006
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge denied a Massachusetts man's request to see
police files in the case of his daughter who disappeared nearly two years ago.
Mackenzie says she's sorry
By STEPHEN BEALE
Union Leader Correspondent
8 hours, 4 minutes ago 9/2/6
Laura Mackenzie apologized this week for the pain she caused when she disappeared from
Goffstown last March, only to turn up five months later living and working as a waitress in St.
"I am sorry, and I need to ask everyone to forgive me for what I did, putting them through the
hardships and pain of 5 long months where I was missing," Mackenzie said in an online statement.
Mackenzie posted her written apology on a Web site dedicated to Maura Murray, a 22-year-old who
was last seen in Woodsville on Feb. 9, 2005.
'20/20' Examines Maura Murray Disappearance
Report Compares Case With Missing Oregon Woman
POSTED: 5:10 pm EST March 17, 2006
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The unsolved disappearance of college student Maura Murray is well-known
in New Hampshire, and now, the story is hitting the national airwaves.
Friday night, "20/20" will attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery. Murray vanished in 2004 after her
car broke down, and anchor Elizabeth Vargas will take viewers through the events right before her
Father of Maura Murray takes quest to N.H. Supreme Court
September 22, 2006
CONCORD, N.H. --It's been over two years since Maura Murray disappeared after her car got stuck in
a snow bank in Haverhill, and her father hasn't given up his quest of seeking more information about
Fred Murray is asking the state Supreme Court to rule on his right-to-know request for police records.
Housing, Food And Water Needed
Canine Teams To Search For Maura Murray
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY, Staff Writer
Wednesday October 4, 2006
Housing, gas cards, food and water are being sought for canine teams that will be searching for
Murray disappeared after a Feb. 9, 2004, car crash in Haverhill, N.H.
About five or six canine teams will be searching a large area around the crash site Oct. 21-22, said
John M. Healy of Warner, N.H. Warner and other volunteer investigators began working on Murray's
disappearance in late 2005.
Search dogs fail to find Maura Murray, missing 2 years
October 23, 2006
HAVERHILL, N.H. --Specially trained dogs searched over the weekend for a University of
Massachusetts at Amherst student who disappeared after crashing her car.
But the cadaver-sniffing dogs failed to find Maura Murray, who was last seen near the crash site on
Route 112 more than two years ago.
Missing Woman's Father Seeks Police Records
Father Of Maura Murray Asks Court To Release Evidence
POSTED: 1:30 pm EST November 14, 2006
UPDATED: 4:10 pm EST November 14, 2006
CONCORD, N.H. -- The father of a missing Massachusetts college student was at the New
Hampshire Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking police records and evidence in her disappearance.
Five Years Later, Maura Murray Still Missing After Driving To Haverhill, N.H.
2/9/2009 4:11:00 PM
BY GARY E. LINDSLEY
Five years ago today, then 21-year-old Maura Murray left her University of
Massachusetts-Amherst campus, drove north into the White Mountains of New
Hampshire and disappeared.
After 5 years, few leads on missing Mass student
2/7/2009, 2:13 p.m. ET
By BETH LaMONTAGNE HALL
The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been five years since 21-year-old nursing student Maura
Murray vanished from the scene of a car crash in Haverhill, N.H., and investigators say
they still don't know what happened to the Massachusetts woman that night.