New Hampshire Union Leader

October 30, 2007

Group offers $75,000 reward, plans a search

By Nancy West

Even the wording for the $75,000 reward echoes a heightened level of fear for Maura Murray.

The reward is for the recovery of Maura and arrest and conviction for those responsible for her disappearance, according to LaDonna Meredith, director of Let's Bring Them Home. It is an Arkansas-based group dedicated to helping find missing people.

The group is organizing another search for Maura in northern New Hampshire sometime in November.

The $75,000 reward expires Dec. 31. There is a separate $40,000 reward posted from donations from family and friends, but that one is for the safe return of Maura.

"We have had tips come through on the hotline, unfortunately nothing new or substantial," Meredith said. "The number to call is 1-866-479-5284. We just need that hotline to ring," Meredith said.

Maura, who was a nursing student at University of Massachusetts, is described as having brown hair, usually pulled back in a bun and blue eyes. She is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds.

Murray's family hopes the promise of cash and deadline will prompt someone to come forward soon with new information about what happened to Maura.

"What is so surprising is no one has come up with anything, not a trace. We've had the FBI, police, several search teams. People just don't disappear without a trace. That's unheard of," said Maura's mother, Laurie Murray, who lives in the family home in Hanson, Mass.