New Hampshire Union Leader

February 12, 2004

Search under way for missing woman

By Lorna Colquhoun

HAVERHILL -- A search is under way for a Massachusetts woman who has not been seen since a car accident Monday night in a remote area of Woodsville.

Haverhill Police Chief Jeff Williams said foul play is not suspected, but there is concern about the whereabouts of Maura Murray, 21, of Hanson, Mass. She is described as "possibly suicidal."

Yesterday, local and state police, including the state police helicopter, as well as Fish and Game conservation officers, searched the area in which Murray was last seen, but had not located her.

Just before 7 p.m. Monday, Haverhill police responded to a report of a single-car accident on the sparsely populated Wild Ammonoosuc Road, where Route 112 follows the Wild Ammonoosuc River.

By the time an officer arrived, Murray's 1996 black Saturn sedan with a Massachusetts registration was abandoned.

Murray is 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and a dark coat.

Haverhill police are asking anyone who might have seen Murray at any time since about 7 p.m. on Monday to call 787-2222.