Maura Murray was born May 4, 1982 in Haverhill, New Hampshire
After Maura graduated high school, Maura went to military school, studying chemical engineering. However, according to her family, the military life wasn’t for her. She left and enrolled in the nursing program in University of Massachusetts Amherst.
On February 9, 2004, Maura, then twenty-one, Maura left school and drove north towards New Hampshire. Sometime between 7 and 7:30PM, she was involved in a one-car accident on Route 112 in Haverhill. Her father Fred believes that the car stalled when she was going around a turn and went into a snow bank.
Fred believes that she was heading towards Bartlett, New Hampshire. She knew the area well and had been there several times before. She even called a place that her family had stayed at before. However, her family does not know why she was driving there that day; it was a school night, the car she was driving was supposed to go in for repairs, and she was told not to drive the car.
A bus driver who lived across the street from the accident site came out and asked if Maura was alright. She told the man that she had called the police; however, that was not true. The man did call the police, but by the time authorities arrived, Maura had vanished. It is believed that she was walking east on the road. There was evidence in the car that suggested that she had hit her head on the windshield during the accident. It is believed that she was intoxicated when she got into the accident. She vanished after leaving the accident and has not been seen since.
Maura’s family believes she may have met with foul play. Fred noted that she was in the middle of nowhere with no place to go due to her damaged car. He believes that she accepted a ride from a stranger who then killed her.
Another theory is that Maura wandered off into the woods and died of exposure. Yet another theory suggests that Maura vanished voluntarily and for whatever reason does not want to be found. Maura’s actions prior to her disappearance are considered to be suspicious. Four days before she vanished, Maura was sent home early from her part-time job because she appeared to be extremely upset about something and was unable to do her work. It is not known what she was upset about.
On the day of Maura’s disappearance, she emailed her professors, telling them that there had been a death in the family and that she had to leave for several days. However, no one in her family had actually died. For unknown reasons, she had packed up all of her belongings in her dorm room, and left behind a personal note for her fiancee. She had also emailed him on the day of her disappearance, saying that she wanted to talk to him. The next day, her fiancee received a call that he believes was from Maura. She did not say anything, but he could hear her breathing. It is not known why Maura was acting so bizarre prior to her disappearance.
Maura’s family feels that the police were not helpful when investigating her disappearance. They believe that the officers who first arrived at the scene should have searched more thoroughly. They believe that she would have been found if a more thorough search was initially done. On the day after her disappearance, investigators told her sister that it was too dark to search for her. The following morning, Fred met with the chief investigator; he claimed that he just heard of her disappearance, even though there was an officer at the scene two nights earlier. Her family has never heard any statements from that officer.
Maura’s case remains unsolved.
This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on December 11, 2015. The person interviewed in the video is Maura’s father, Fred Murray.