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She Disappeared 15 Years Ago. Now, a Possible Break

Father says search suggests remains are under floor near where Maura Murray disappeared
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 8, 2019 12:31 PM CST
This 2014 photo shows a missing person poster of Maura Murray that hangs in the lobby of the police station in Haverhill, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – Fifteen years after 21-year-old Maura Murray disappeared following a car crash in rural New Hampshire, her father believes newly gathered information will lead to her remains, per the AP. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst nursing student left campus Feb. 9, 2004, and drove into New Hampshire without telling friends or family why. She had withdrawn about $300 from her bank account and made up a story about a family emergency to her teachers, reports CBS Boston. Murray crashed her car on a bend on Route 112, and a school bus driver stopped and later told police she was standing outside her vehicle.

"She said she was shaken up," recalls bus driver Butch Atwood, per WMUR. "I couldn't see any blood on her face. I said, 'OK. I'm going to go call the police.'" When police arrived, they found Murray's locked car, but no sign of her. Now, her father, Fred Murray, says cadaver dogs and a radar scan have identified something underneath a basement floor near where his daughter was last seen. An associate attorney general said authorities are aware of the private search and considering next steps. He said the area was searched by law enforcement previously, including with dogs, and nothing of significance was discovered. “I want to bring my daughter home and give her a proper burial,” says Fred Murray. (Read more missing person stories.)

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