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. The pair had been investigating the main theories for three months, looking at evidence and talking to witnesses and experts, before coming to the conclusion.
“... She got into a car with somebody and was met with foul play,” Freleng theorized.
“She was murdered,” Roderick said.
Before declaring this, Freleng and Roderick ruled out the other theories. After speaking to experts and family members, the two concluded that it is unlikely that Maura ran away to start a new life. They also dismissed the police coverup theory, which they debunked on last week’s episode.
“They [police] even admit that they could have done a better job. I think they feel as bad as everybody else does,” Roderick said.
Suicide seemed like a valid theory initially. But, the investigators learned that just before going missing Maura was doing her homework, and expressing excitement about traveling for Spring Break. Her dad, Fred Murray, said he knows she didn't commit suicide.
“Anyway, they would have found her [if she did kill herself,]" he said. “There would be footprints in the snow.”
In tonight’s episode, Freleng and Roderick investigated the theory that she died after wandering in the woods, disoriented and intoxicated. Todd Bogardis of the New Hampshire Fish and Game told them he has managed hundreds of missing persons cases. Only two are still missing including Maura. Bogardis explained that after Maura went missing, helicopters and infrared technology was deployed over a 10 mile radius of the area.
“The consensus was that she did not leave the roadway” he said, adding that no footprints in the snow were found. Ten days after her disappearance Bogardis led another search, conducted with three cadaver dogs. Three additional searches, one of which had seven dog teams, combed over 12 miles of roadway and two miles of wooded areas. They also searched places up to 50 miles away that they knew Maura liked to visit.
“They never found a single thing related to Maura,” Freleng said. She asked Bogardis if it is difficult to find a body in a wooded area.
“I’m not a big believer in people levitating away and going long distances,” he replied. “I’m fairly confident to say she did not go into the woods.”
He said a New Hampshire State Police blood hound was brought in on their first day of searching.
“That dog did run a track off the crash site,” Bogardis explained. “He actually did it twice. Each time he ended it at the intersection of Bradley Hill Road which is just within sight of the crash site. It’s possible she may have been picked up by a vehicle there.”
Freleng and Roderick conducted their own experiment using scent dogs trained to work with the New Hampshire State Police. Freleng walked the same path that Maura reportedly did in 2004. Roderick picked her up at the same place where the original bloodhound lost the scent. Then, Freleng took off her gloves, which was put in a plastic bag and given to the scent dog Angus to track.
He then followed the scent to the exact location where Freleng was picked up.
“Because the scent was lost right here, more than likely she went into a vehicle?” Roderick asked.
“More than likely,” Heather Shafer, tracking dog handler, replied.
Freleng and Roderick now believe that Maura got into a car. Maura’s sister, Julie Murray, told the investigators that Maura probably would have accepted help from a stranger.
“Especially up there. Everyone’s so nice and we were never really on guard,” she said.
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