New Hampshire Sunday News

October 15, 2006

No link seen to Maura Murray disappearance

New Hampshire State Police don't think the murder of a Vermont college student this month is connected with a missing Massachusetts student whose abandoned car was found in northern New Hampshire in February 2004.

"I believe someone is looking into that, but they don't believe it has anything to do with that," said a state police dispatcher.

Maura Murray, a University of Massachusetts student from Hanson, Mass., disappeared in February 2004 after a minor car accident on Route 112 in Woodsville several miles from the Vermont border.

In the recent Vermont case, the body of missing University of Vermont student Michelle Gardner-Quinn was found Friday in Richmond, Vt., near Burlington.

Meanwhile, private investigators and K-9 dog handlers volunteering their help plan next weekend to search the area of Murray's disappearance.