Thursday, May 30, 2013
Other Cases With Similar Elements
May 31, 2013
Although difficult to quantify, experts estimate that 2,300 people per day are reported missing in the U.S. The vast majority of these are not stereotypical stranger abductions and many are resolved quickly. The following is a good discussion of the demographics of the missing by David Krajicek: tp://www.trutv.com/library/crime/criminal_mind/forensics/americas_missing/2.html
Other cases may spur insights. If you know a lot about one, I would like to hear your thoughts.
Here are two cases I have looked at closely because they feature elements that could illuminate thinking about Maura's case.
Brooke Wilberger - Most who know of Maura's case know also of Brooke's. They both were abducted in 2004 and their cases were featured together in a 2008 ABC special, made before Brook's case was solved.
Brooke's case illustrates that a body can be effectively hidden in the back woods in cunning ways. Officials close to the Wilberger case have said that but for the apprehension of her killer via other investigative tracks and his subsequent deal to avoid the death penalty, Brooke may never have been found. In terms of Maura, therefore, it raises consideration of whether - even with the rivers frozen and the ground too hard to dig in New Hampshire in February - a cunning serial killer might effectively have hidden her body.This short article and video provide background on that topic: http://www.kval.com/news/local/62585902.html?tab=video&c=y
Leah Roberts was a 23 year old young lady from Durham, North Carolina. Like Maura, she bolted in her car without telling anyone (we know of) where she was going or why. Also like Maura, she had recently seen tough emotional times, including the death of both her parents. Her jeep was found crashed down a highway embankment north of Seattle. Other than a few reported sightings (including one reported in a mysterious, suddenly terminated call to authorities), she has never been seen again. Like Maura's case, there are intriguing details whose ultimate significance remain unknown. This case perhaps has or will someday yield insights about Maura's perhaps confused or panicked state of mind after the accident. This is good discussion of Leah's case: http://foothillsgazette.com/2010/03/25/10-years-later-missing-person-case-remains-open/
Posted by John Green at 10:38 PM