New Hampshire Union Leader

May 7, 2004

In Brief - Police get new lead in Murray case

By Associated Press

Haverhill -- A new lead will prompt a new search for the 21-year-old Massachusetts woman who disappeared in northern New Hampshire three months ago.

State Police Lt. John Scarinza said a witness has come forward saying he believes he saw Maura Murray after her initial disappearance. The Hanson, Mass., woman disappeared the night of Feb. 9 after a minor car accident in Haverhill.

Scarinza said a man has reported he saw someone fitting Murray's description that night, walking along the road four or five miles from the accident scene. Police said they will search that area this weekend.

Scarinza said the man, a contractor who was returning home from a job in the Franconia area, did not come forward earlier because he was not sure about the date of Murray's disappearance.