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Police search two New Hampshire towns for student who went missing in 2004



Police are conducting a new search in two towns in New Hampshire for a college student who went missing in 2004.

University of Massachusetts Amherst student Maura Murray set off from the school’s campus on 9 February 2004, driving towards New Hampshire. Her car, a black four door Saturn sedan, was found crashed on Route 112 in Haverhill, but Ms Murray was never found.

Surveillance footage showed Ms Murray earlier that same day visiting an ATM in jeans and a dark jacket, WIVB reported.

When she disappeared, Ms Murray was 21 years old. She’s described as being 5’7 (170cm) and around 120-125 pounds (55kg) with green and blue eyes and light brown hair.

The Murray family and investigators never ended their search for the student.

Maura Murray’s vehicle was found crashed off route 112 in Haverhill in February 2004

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Maura Murray hasn’t been seen since 2004

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“My family is aware of the search efforts and are working closely with law enforcement at this time. We ask that the public not interfere with the investigation. We will share information as appropriate,” Ms Murray’s sister Julie Murray said in a statement. “We are encouraged by the active efforts to find Maura and remain hopeful for a resolution.”

According to a press release issued on the website dedicated to Ms Murray and the search for her, the New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Nathan Noyes announced on Wednesday 13 July that a “ground search” is being conducted “of an area located off Route 112 in the towns of Landaff and Easton”.

Police conducting a new search of an area off Route 112 in Landaff and Easton, New Hampshire

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Maura Murray has been missing since February 2004

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New Hampshire State Police is being assisted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in the search, the press release said.

“The search activity is not the result of new information in the case. Instead, it is part of an ongoing investigative process and will consist of a more extensive search of surrounding areas previously searched in a more limited fashion,” the authorities said.

Maura Murray has been missing since February 2004

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Maura Murray has been missing since February 2004

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A witness told police at the time that they spoke to Ms Murray but when emergency services got to the scene she had disappeared, according to CBS Boston.

“I’m a little overwhelmed with emotions right now because it’s not every day that I get a call like this that there’s an active ground search,” Julie Murray told the local TV station.

Maura Murray has been missing since February 2004

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“It’s very encouraging. I’m hopeful. I’m pleased to know that the search is still active 18 years later, but again, it always brings a flood of different emotions every time I get that call,” she added.

“They decided to search an area that was actually a focal point of a very early search. So in May of 2004, this particular area was searched, and that was based on a tip that the law enforcement was provided. And this area is only about five miles from where Maura’s car was found at the intersection of two major roads,” she said.

Maura Murray went missing on 9 February 2004

(FBI)

Those with information that could be helpful to the investigation have been asked to call the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at 603-223-3648 or send them an email at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov.



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