A possible explosive breakthrough in the Maura Murray case has been made. On the most recent episode of “The Disappearance of Maura Murray,” former U.S. Marshal Art Roderick and journalist Maggie Freleng concluded that in their opinion Maura Murray was probably murdered. John Smith, a former police officer and private investigator who has helped the Murray family for over a decade, offered Roderick and Freleng his leads on potential suspects.
Smith spoke about two individuals who lived in the area. One of them lived in house, located about a mile away from the accident scene.
“There were rumors out there that Maura was taken and brought to this [home] and was actually killed in the [house],” Smith said.
“Could he have picked Maura up and then murdered her only a mile from where she crashed?” she asked.
According to Fred Murray, one of the men told him he found a knife in the other individual's glove compartment with blood on it. He sent the knife to Fred who in turn tried to give it to police. According to Smith, the police initially refused the potential piece of evidence. Police accepted it the second time. Smith doesn’t know what happened from there. Police have said they can’t share anything publicly.
The owner of the house allowed Smith to go into the home in 2006.
“So, we went in with the [cadaver] dogs and the dogs got a big hit off this upstairs closet for human remains and carpet samples were given to the New Hampshire State Police.”
Police have not revealed what, if anything, has been done with those samples. There is no more carpet left in the house because the floors has since been refurbished.
In 2016, Smith returned to the house along with Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna, hosts of the “Missing Maura Murray” podcast. The three found what looked like human blood on wood panels inside a bedroom closet.
“We actually took wood chips from that closet and I have those in my possession,” Smith said. He allowed Roderick and Freleng to get the chips examined by an expert on the most recent episode.
Dr. Max Noureddine, a molecular geneticist tested the wood chips using phenolphthalein. He said the samples should turn pink if there is blood on them.
With Freleng and Roderick present, Noureddine conducted the test.
“I do see some pink color showing up” he said.
Now, the wood chips are off to be tested for DNA. Could this be a major development in the case, that could possibly explain once and for all what happened to Maura?