Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Recent Sightings Focus on New Hampshire and Canada

I was contacted by a couple people this week who wonder if they've seen Maura Murray.


The first is from a woman who found this photograph posted under escort services on the New Hampshire craigslist page. The resemblance is striking, but of course the age is way off unless this was taken years ago. Note, too, that this photo that was used on craigslist actually comes from an adult-content website and is almost certainly not the photo of the person who posted it.


The second sighting, which occurred in Canada, is more compelling, in my opinion. Here's the story I was sent. Photo is above.

"The main town on Manatoulin Island is Little Current, population of around three thousand.  There are only a couple of restuarants in the village, one grocery store, so it's quite a cozy place.  In either 2012 or 2013 a group of our family (not including my wife and I, sadly) were vacationing on the island, and one evening decided to patronize a place in town called Garry's Family Restaurant.  They were chatting with their waitress, and in course of small talk this young woman told them that she was actually American as well.  She said she'd come up to the island to attend a band camp, and decided to just stay there and live.  It struck them as odd at the time (and the reason they relayed the story to me this year) because of the whole "band camp" notion.  Its very unique, at least.  If she was associated with a school music program that suggests she would have to have dropped out of her old life, whatever her academic pursuits, to take up menial work in remote Canada. But to be fair this not all that outlandish; it is a very "granola" area, so if you like the great outdoors and nature and living fairly (but not entirely) off the grid, it's a nice place to land.

So this summer I'm listening to podcasts discussion of Murray case, and the idea that Maura could be living beneath the radar in Canada.  Naturally this made me think of the band camp girl. This whole idea poses a huge problem, however, since if it was actually Maura why on earth  would she ever admit to being an American to other Americans?  That would be a very good way to you blow your own cover. Regardless, I decided to Google this place, see if I could find any staff photos or employee references or anything that might allude to this young woman's identity (assuming she is still an employee, now 3-4 years later).  I could find no such information, but on a restaurant review site I did find, among photos of food they serve and an empty dining room, the attached "action" shot of a couple eating at the place.  It's from a very unfortunate angle, but that waitress obviously looks a little like Maura.  My sister-in-law says the waitress in the photo looks like it might have been the same they encountered, as far as she can remember, but did not think the photo of Maura looked familiar.  So...??"

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  1. I would have to think that if Maura truly is hiding out, she's changed her appearance. Different color or style of hair almost certainly.

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  2. Photo 1: No way. Plus, I doubt she'd willingly go that route.

    Photo 2: Extremely doubtful given what little background we have to go on. Plus, her back is turned to us. Can't tell.

    To put this theory to rest, we need more Canadians looking. Personally, I think she's passed.

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  3. Contact the owner of the restaurant and attach a picture of Maura. If it's her the owner might be able to recognize her. Simple.

    I looked at the islands on Google maps, it looks like the perfect place for someone to create a new life.

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  4. First pic looks nothing like her.

    Second one is more interesting but could be any American girl with brown hair...

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  5. I've heard that the patterns in a persons ear are unique to them. Maybe you could compare this girls ear to the same ear in a photo of Maura??

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    1. Ears are as unique as fingerprints, and often used to ID. I was actually coming here to comment about this very fact. I took the escort photo, cropped and isolated the ear and compared/overlaid it to Maura. Ears are completely different (the lobes, pinna, size, etc). Not to mention the girl looks younger than Maura did when she disappeared. 100% not her.

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    2. What about the other photo???

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  6. I really don't see how this is compelling. I'm sure there are thousands of brunette waitresses in Canada, many from the US.

    It's so "funny" how it seems all these people making these sightings manage to get as little information or as terrible pictures as possible.

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  7. The first one resembles her but I don't think it's her. I highly doubt she's working as an escort in nh after all these years and no one has ever recognized her? The second photo the girl has her back to us but the hair is very curly/bushy. Was Maura's hair thick and bushy? I know it was always up. Someone please contact the restaurant and ask to speak to the girl in the photo ..I'm not confident enough to do it lol

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  8. Wild goose chase yet again. 1st pic looks nothing like her. 2nd could be anyone. Some very strange comments no wonder people post anonymously

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  9. I wish she were hiding out somewhere but I think she died that night. In the Jacob Wetterling case, the cops had a suspect but not enough evidence and I think this case is the same. The cops took action on one guy by searching his trailer. I think he's he guy.

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    1. I've never heard about this. Can you give more details or point me in the right direction? Google search doesn't seem to find anything.

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  10. 1) Not even close.

    2) ID the back of someone's head? Can't be done.

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  11. I think before everyone starts bombarding this restaurant with inquiries, can you work in Canada without any documentation? If you read this thread, it sounds like servers are not a job the Canadian government allows non citizens to work.

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130526115237AAXex1S

    I think the general consensus is that she went into hiding in Canada. But the more research I do, the more unlikely that seems.

    Any Canadian citizens want to enter the conversation about US citizens hiding out for 11 years in your country?

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    1. I'm a Canadian citizen from Montreal, Quebec. Technically, the law makes it so that any non-citizens need a work visa to be able to work in our country, however, there are exceptions to everything. Just like the US, there are a lot of people who are working illegally here and who are payed under the table,especially in the province of Quebec. Personally, it wouldn't surprise me that Maura would be here, as working as a waitress is one of the easiest jobs to get for a foreign citizen who doesn't have a work visa.

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    2. I love in Toronto, and have had many under the table jobs in Ontario. We are taxed to death here.. and employers don't mind, because they don't have to pay workers comp insurance you. Works for both, very easily.

      Everyone I know, has worked for cash, at some point, or another.

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  12. While my imagination has wondered if someone in NH law enforcement took her and made her a sex bot/slave/whatever, that girl doesn't look like her to me.

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  13. The ear thing is a good hunch to go on. Ears don't change unless someone alters them. Everything changes subtly over the years.

    As a former waitress myself, I don't think the comment that someone decided to stay in locale is that odd. Servers make small talk and sometimes deeper small talk to make a living. She could've finished her schooling/program and moved back soon after. She didnt specifically say she never left after the camp was over.

    I moved from a medium town to a rural outdoorsy hamlet randomly.

    Love of hiking aside, I don't see Maura as someone to do that.

    I think she has passed too. and if she IS living as someone else, it's probably in a biggish city.

    Think though. To change an identity takes a lot of effort. Besides menial work, what career would she have pursued?

    I think she met her demise at the hands of a douchebag in NH.

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    1. And that douchebag has been supposedly investigating her disappearance for 12 years and all we do is go back to the rag in her tailpipe. She's is no longer with us and I believe her family believes the same.

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  14. Waitress looks nothing like her from the side. And the other looks younger than she did in 2004.

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  15. AnonymousGloomyTeenagerSeptember 7, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    It may be a GIANT stretch,But has anyone thought of Kidnapping for sexual trafficking and/Or blackmailing into sexual activities? It sounds insane,But its worth concidering for a New York Second.

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  16. Neither of those look like her, very doubtful

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  17. The girl in the restaurant is interesting, to say the least. The story sure is strange. It resembles her, but it's hard to say. I do wonder what FBI analysis would say about the shape of her ear and profile. Contacting the owners of the restaurant is a great idea.

    There is a resemblance to the adult ad but I don't believe it's her.

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  18. I am pretty sure I saw maura at the rack restaurant at sugarloaf mountain in carabassett Maine this past February. She had blonde hair and was driving a dark blue subaru wrx wagon with Quebec plates. My wife and I had several drinks with her and her companion. We talked of being originally from mass and the fact my wife graduated umass. I remember being struck by how much she looked like another friend of ours

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  19. I agree that it's almost impossible to ID someone from the back. I zoomed in the photo, however, and something stuck out to me. The nose of the waitress, IMHO, is strikingly similar to Maura's. Of course, many different people can have the same nose type. Maura's nose, though, is very pointy from the side. Just a thought. I personally believe she is out there somewhere. I just wish SOMEONE would come forward and explain. I think it's time we know the truth.

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  20. You're really grasping at straws. The craigslist bares very little resemblance to MM. Seems you're seeing what you want to see.

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  21. MM had an extremely common-looking face. There are probably thousands of women in the US and Canada that bear a resemblance to her. My sister-in-law's sister looks like her, for Pete's sake.

    In order for a sighting of her to be credible, we're going to need more than

    1) a picture of someone 20 years her junior, or
    2) some waitress who used to live in the US, along with a picture of the back of her head.

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  22. I have been following this case for about a year. Obviously came into it way after the fact and almost want to say became obsessed with it, telling everyone I know about it. Crazy to hear that there was a possible sighting on Manitoulin Island in Canada. I live in Sudbury which is about an hour away. We visit Little Current often as my in laws only live about 20 minutes from there. Looking forward to stoping in for a bite on our next trip this thanksgiving. Even though I realize this pic and sighting were taken a long time ago.

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