NH Cold Case Unit releases new age progression photo of Maura Murray
|Published: 02-09-2024 3:52 PM
The New Hampshire Cold Case Unit has issued a new age progression photograph of Maura Murray, a Massachusetts woman who disappeared in the North Country town of Haverhill on Feb. 9, 2004, at age 21.
Authorities hope the photo, produced by the FBI, will help generate new leads and tip information, as Friday marks 20 years since Murray suspiciously vanished. “It is our hope that this twentieth anniversary of Ms. Murray’s disappearance will bring renewed attention to the case that might ultimately lead to justice and closure for the Murray family,” Attorney General John Formela said in a statement.
Formella’s office emphasized the issuance of the new photo is consistent with how missing person investigations progress, and “not based on a change in the investigative posture of this case or new information.” The photograph represents an FBI analysis and projection of what Murray might look like in 2024 — in her early 40s.
Murray was a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst when on Feb. 9, 2004, her car — a black Saturn four-door sedan — was involved in what appeared to be a single-car accident on Route 112, also known as Wild Ammonoosuc Road, in Haverhill. Shortly after, a private citizen saw and spoke to a female, believed to be Murray, at the accident scene.
But when police arrived, she wasn’t there, and has not been seen or heard from since. Murray was last seen on surveillance footage earlier in the day at an ATM wearing a dark jacket and jeans. She had not shared information with others about her trip to New Hampshire, about 2½ hours away from UMass.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Murray received prior education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was an avid runner, and enjoyed hiking in the White Mountains. In the 20 years since she went missing, numerous searches of the area have been conducted by law enforcement authorities and private citizens, with no positive results.
Anyone with information about Murray is asked to call the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at (603) 271-2663 or email them at ColdCaseUnit@dos.nh.gov.