A Car Crash, a Vanishing, Very Few Answers

Maura Murray's family is still searching for nursing student 13 years later
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Family of Student Missing 13 Years: 'We Need Some Answers'
In this Feb. 4, 2014, photo, a missing-person poster of Maura Murray hangs in the lobby of the police station in Haverhill, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A mystery involving a missing 21-year-old New Hampshire woman is now entering its 14th year, but for the family of Maura Murray, the pain of each day is fresh. "It really isn't any better than it ever was," dad Fred Murray tells the Boston Globe, determined to keep her story in the news until she's found. He, Maura's older siblings, and others have been tracking the case "with the intensity of nuclear fusion." They're hoping, even all these years later, that a clue will emerge to bring some closure as to what happened to Maura, who "vanished in what seemed like a blink of an eye," an ex-Littleton cop says. Per the Globe and Caledonian Record, Maura, a University of Massachusetts Amherst nursing student, had emailed at least one professor on Feb. 9, 2004, to say there had been a death in her family (there hadn't) and that she was taking time off.

She reportedly took nearly $300 out of her bank account and was driving toward the White Mountains when her car apparently hit a curve and ended up in a snowbank. A school bus driver came by and asked Maura if she needed assistance, but she said she was OK. The driver called the cops anyway, but when they got there minutes later, there was no sign of her—including no footprints and no viable scent police dogs could pick up. Cops say wine bottles were found in her car, with indications she'd been drinking on her drive. Her family has no clue where she would've been going or why. "The likely scenario is that she got picked up by someone," her brother, Fred, tells the Globe, with his sister Julie adding, "I want some answers for my dad's sake. … Thirteen years is long enough. We need some answers." (Finally, some closure in one of the most famous missing-child cases ever.)

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