Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to the frequent readers and commenters of this little blog.

And a Happy New Year - I believe in 2016 that we will finally see closure to this case, one way or another.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Video & Podcasts Came Out This Week **UPDATED**


A famous Norwegian psychic provides his thoughts on Maura Murray's fate in a newly released video.

Also, Lance and Tim released two new episodes for their Missing Maura Murray podcast. It's another interview with John Smith, and theories about the rag in the tailpipe and oddities in Haverhill.

Download them here.

**UPDATE**
Just a reminder, I will not approve comments that get into the conspiracy theory of police involvement in Maura's disappearance. It is a waste of time and muddies the waters.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

***UPDATE*** The Curious Case of Howard Godfrey


Well. You know where I stand with Maura's case. I believe she's alive and in hiding, somewhere. I think the window of opportunity for any sort of abduction to have happened is too small. But I'm going to share this story to see if it kicks up any new leads or connections.

Have you heard of Howard Godfrey?

Godfrey is a likely serial killer who got caught after he tried to kill and kidnap a woman in his Vermont home in 1996. He served about five years in prison for the crime. At the time, police collected Godfrey's DNA. Years later, the victim's mother in that case began to suspect Godfrey was guilty of other crimes and pushed police to run his DNA against other crimes. His DNA matched sperm collected in the 1991 cold case murder of Patricia Scoville, who was assaulted during a hike near Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, Vermont.

At the time of Maura Murray's disappearance, Godfrey was living in Kirby, Vermont, not too far from the location of Maura's accident. He had his own small business installing windows and doors and drove a white pickup truck.

So, what's the possible connection, other than location?

I was contacted yesterday by a woman who told me how Godfrey was living above her in-laws garage at the time he was arrested for Scoville's murder, in 2008. The police had to give a warrant and records pertaining to the search of the property to her family. The records note everything they took from Godfrey's apartment. Among the items listed was an old issue of The Caledonian Record. This woman then went to the archives to figure out what was interesting about that specific issue and discovered that, on that date, the top story in the newspaper was about the FBI joining the search for Maura Murray.

Godfrey died in prison - of natural causes.

Does anyone from Haverhill, Bath, Franconia remember this guy working in the area in 2004?

**UPDATE**
Lots of information coming in about this man, today.

Some new bits:
- Godfrey and his wife once owned a cleaning business called Stowe Dustbusters, which cleaned rental properties in Stowe for All Seasons Rentals. However, this was prior to his first conviction in 1996. At the time of Maura's disappearance he had his doors and windows business in Orleans, Vermont - but he also often did business in New Hampshire. He was living in Kirby.

- Godfrey was definitely not in prison from 2000 - 2005.

- The story about the newspaper probably checks out (and he had another copy of the same article in his truck) but the exact article is still not 100% clear (though I should have an answer on that soon.)

- According to a source close to the Scoville investigation, Godfrey has been looked at for links to both Maura's disappearance and Brianna Maitland. A trooper was assigned specifically to find any link between Maura and Godfrey early on (probably 2005/2006) but no clear link was found then and the trooper is reported to have said they "had a better suspect" for Maura.

- I would be interested to know if any one contracted with this guy for doors/windows in New Hampshire in 2004.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I've Won An Important First Step Towards Getting Records Related to Petrit Vasi's Accident


The wheels of justice turn slowly.

I've been quietly trying for the better part of a year, now, to gain access to the full file on Petrit Vasi's accident, which occurred the night of Maura Murray's breakdown shortly before she disappeared. Some have suggested Maura was responsible for the accident or that she let someone (a pizza delivery driver, perhaps) borrow her car and it was that person who struck Vasi. Personally, I don't think this is the case. I think it's a totally unrelated accident and the timing is coincidental. However, I'm all for due diligence. Let's see the reports.

However, the records secretary at the Amherst Police Department -- Cpt. Jennifer Gunderson -- told me the full file was not available because it was "an open and active investigation." That raised some red flags for me as an old-school journalist. Vasi's case cannot be open and active because there is no chance for prosecution, as the statute of limitations for a hit and run (if that's even what it was) has long since expired.

So in September, I filed for redress. And finally yesterday, I received a notice in the mail that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also believes Amherst PD have been playing fast and loose with open records laws. The police department must respond within 10 days.

I'll keep you posted.


Monday, December 14, 2015

The One Theory This Blog Won't Debate

I'm all for earnest discussion when it can lead to some new piece of information or perspective. But this recent debate about police involvement in Maura's disappearance - brought on in no small part by Fred Murray's coy suggestions during the Unsolved piece - is pointless.

I've spoken to John Monaghan and Cecil Smith. Both are intelligent and compassionate men. Capable policemen. And above suspicion.

Maura's disappearance has nothing to do with a shady law enforcement conspiracy theory. It is a distraction and only gets us farther from the truth.

No comment will be approved that suggests otherwise.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Domino's Weirdness


So the more I think about the call to Domino's the night Maura had her breakdown at work, the more I grow concerned. Here's why.

- According to what we know, Domino's probably closed at 3 a.m. that night and yet Maura is calling at 3:40 a.m. She speaks to someone for two minutes.

- A few months prior, Maura got caught using a stolen credit card number to order food from several local pizza joints. This SAME Domino's was one of those restaurants. According to police reports, the managers of this Domino's know about this. At this time she is on thin ice - a judge has told her that her larceny record will be expunged if she stays out of trouble for six months. And yet we're to believe she called Domino's to order food? Why on earth would she go back to a restaurant she stole from?

- We still don't know HOW Maura got that stolen credit card number. She told the police it was on a receipt she found in the trash but the detective were able to quickly prove that was not true. What if she wasn't the person who stole the number in the first place? What if someone at Domino's took a credit card order, kept the number and passed it to Maura? That at least would explain why she would feel comfortable calling Domino's again after all this.

* We still have not located an employee of the Amherst Domino's from 2004.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fred Murray Points Finger at Local Police in New Video


The new video of Fred Murray is up at Unsolved.com It is not an interview, but a recap of the case by Fred. It's interesting to see how close he comes to naming a policeman as a suspect in his daughter's disappearance -- a recent theory that has taken on some popularity lately, but is completely without merit.

What do you think? He's still lying about Maura's history at West Point and UMass. It would be interesting for a genuine reporter to ask Fred and friends some real questions one day.


Request for Leads

Let's find someone who worked at Domino's in 2004.

First person who can locate a verified employee from February 2004 will get an advanced copy of the book, a month before release.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Rumor is Not True

A rumor popped up online a while back, suggesting that the owner of Reliance Auto - whom Maura Murray called on the Saturday before she disappeared - was also Petrit Vasi's landlord. I'm in communication with the owner. This is not true. He did not know Petrit.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

**UPDATE WITH RESULTS** What Happened to Maura Murray?

There's a new poll open for 24 hours to the left of this post.

Let's see where we're at, now.

What do you think happened to Maura Murray?

** FINAL RESULTS **
487 Votes Submitted. Here's the breakdown right now.

Maura committed suicide: 1%

She wandered off and died from exposure to the elements: 19%

She ran away: 37%

She was abducted: 20%

She was murdered by an acquaintance: 20%



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Maura Murray or Troll?


This message came in yesterday. I immediately forwarded it to the Cold Case Unit and strongly urged them to speak with Blogger about tracking back the IP.

It reads: "Have you ever stopped to consider that I don't want to be found?"

If it's a troll, this crosses a line into Obstruction of Justice.

If it's Maura, my offer stands. If you can verify that you are safe, I will happily delete this blog. Everyone has the right to start over. Right now, police are still treating this as a potential homicide. They kind of need to know you're ok.