The Patriot Ledger

July 13, 2004

New search begins for Hanson student

By Patriot Ledger staff

New Hampshire State Police today combed an area where a 22-year-old nursing student from Hanson was last seen.

About 60 troopers searched the area in Haverhill, N.H., where Maura Murray was involved in a minor automobile accident on Feb. 9.

A man answering the phone at State Police headquarters in Twin Mountain, N.H., said the effort was being made ‘‘just to see if they could pick up anything new.''

The man, who did not identify himself, said that the search began this morning and was expected to continue until late this afternoon.

Murray, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, packed up her belongings in her dorm room on Feb. 9, loaded up her car and abruptly left school.

She crashed her car in Haverhill, N.H., that night, and refused help from a passing motorist. Ten minutes later, police arrived, but Murray was gone.

Police have had few leads in their investigation, and Murray's family has grown increasingly frustrated about the lack of progress toward finding her.