Murray investigation continues after ‘large-scale’ ground search

The Blue Ribbon tree, where Maura Murray’s car was found on Feb. 9, 2004, on Rt. 112 in Woodsville, New Hampshire. Picture, [email protected] via mauramurray.missing.org

CONCORD, NH – A “large-scale” search related to the case of missing Massachusetts woman Maura Murray ended Wednesday with no findings publicly announced.

The ground search in Easton and Landaff areas off Route 112 in western New Hampshire by the New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department “was the largest of its kind in recent years,” according to Julie Murray, the sister of Maura Murray.

“The large-scale effort gives my family renewed hope that a resolution is within reach,” Julie Murray said in a blog post on mauramurraymissing.org.

Murray said she was in close contact with law enforcement and spoke to them Thursday morning. “However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, I cannot provide further details at this time,” she said. “I encourage people to give investigators the time and space to continue the important work they are doing.”

She added: “On behalf of my family, we express our sincere thanks for the love and support given to Maura and our family, especially now.”

Maura Murray

Associate Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin told WMUR-TV that searches like Wednesday’s aren’t usually announced to the public, but law enforcement officials fear they might be important enough to spark curiosity or suspicion. ‘alarm. Murray’s family was notified prior to the public announcement, Strelzin said.

Murray, 21, a student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., went missing Feb. 9, 2004, after her car crashed into a snowdrift on Route 112 in North Haverhill. Investigations by law enforcement revealed little about his whereabouts, and his disappearance was eventually added to New Hampshire’s Cold Case Unit.

On Wednesday, Attorney General John M. Formella announced that the ground search that day near where his crash occurred “is not the result of any new information in the case,” but does part of an “ongoing investigative process”.

Formella said the areas were previously excavated on a limited basis, but this is a more in-depth search of these areas. Highway 112 in this area is also the Wild Ammonoosuc Highway and follows the Ammonoosuc River past the southwest corner of the White Mountains National Forest.


Amanda J. Marsh