WAY TOO MUCH WORK TO VERIFY A TIME IN THE LOGS. ONE WESTMAN INTERVIEW THAT CONFIRMS 15 MINUTE POLICE ARRIVAL WAS HELD BACK.
THE WESTMAN 911 CALL WAS SO SHORT IT CALLS THE WHITEWASH INTERVIEW INTO QUESTION AND POSSIBLE 729 VEHICHLE. ITS QUESTIONABLE ENOUGH THAT IM PUTTING NO MORE TIME INTO THIS.
NEEDS TO BE REVISED (FIRST CAR ARRIVAL IS NOW DOUBTFUL. PRELIMINARILY, I BELIEVE THE EFFECT ON CECIL SMITH ARRIVAL TIME IS NEGLIGIBLE)
Another Vehicle Was At The Scene Before Cecil Smith Arrived
1.1 Accepted Facts
• The Grafton County Sheriff Logs state that Cecil Smith arrived at the accident site at 19:46:20.
• Cecil Smth's accident report states that he arrived at the accident site at 19:45.
• Faith Westman ended her phone conversation with 911 when a vehicle arrived at the accident site
• Faith Westman ended her phone conversation with 911 at 19:36.
• Cecil Smith has stated he was driving an SUV on the night of Maura's accident. Most, if not all researchers assume and agree that Cecil Smith is effectively saying that he drove Haverhill's SUV vehicle #001 on the night of Maura Murray's accident.
1.2 Other Facts To Consider
• Witness A has stated she saw the 001 as she drove by the accident site.
• According to Art and Maggie, Witness A has accurately described the unusual route Cecil Smith drove that night.
• Witness A's description of her drive (and the law enforcement vehicle she saw pass her) would place her at the accident scene within a few minutes of the officer she described
• Witness A could have seen the 19:36 vehicle Faith Westman described in her interviews.
1.3 Fact Based Conclusions
1. The evidence supports the fact that Cecil Smith arrived at the accident scene at 19:46:20
2. The evidence supports the fact that the 19:36 vehicle was not driven by Cecil Smith
3. Therefore, the evidence contradicts the assertion that Cecil Smith arrived at approximately 19:36
1.4 Discussions Resulting From Fact Based Conclusions - Who Arrived at 19:36?
1.4.1 Possibility 1: That Another Individual Arrived At The Scene Of Maura Murray's Accident 10 - 15 Minutes Before Cecil Smith Arrived
Fact Based Reasons This Hypothesis Could Be True
• The Westmans stated that they believed an officer arrived at 19:36.
• The Westmans could not tell if Butch or Barbara Atwood were driving the bus or if the Saturn's driver was a man or a woman. Futhermore, the Westmans described the person that moved around the car as a "shadow."
• Therefore, the Westmans probably could not see the 19:36 vehicle clearly
• Therefore, the 19:36 vehicle could have been any type of vehicle
• Therefore, the Westmans assumed that the 19:36 vehicle was driven by Cecil Smith because he knocked on their door several minutes later.
• Cecil Smith arrived at 19:46:20
• Therefore, the 19:36 vehicle was not driven by Cecil Smith, he arrived at 19:46:20
Opinions That Contradict This Hypothesis
Opinions About Witness A's Arrival Time As It Relates To Cecil Smith's Arrival Time
• Oxygen Show hosts Art Roderick and Maggie Freleng have stated that they believe that Cecil Smith was at the accident scene when Witness A drove by, which would imply that Cecil Smith arrived 10 minutes earlier than indicated in the Grafton County Sheriff's Logs and in Cecil Smith's own police report, written a week later.
• Some researchers believe that Witness A's knowledge of Cecil Smith's unique driving route (as told to Art and Maggie, but not shown to the public on the Oxygen show) is proof that she indeed saw Cecil Smith driving to the accident scene.
• As a result, some researchers believe that this is conclusive evidence that Cecil Smith was at the accident site at 19:36, rather than 19:45 as stated on his police report.
• The proponents of this theory, have, as a result, assumed that Cecil Smith called in his arrival to the accident site 10 minutes late, or that the logs are inaccurate.
2 The Evidence
2.1 A Cross Comparison of Evidence in the Grafton County Sheriff Logs With Witness Statements
2.1.1 Critical Statements
Faith Westman Made Three Critical Statements When She Was Interviewed by Whitewash.
Note: This interview took place in January 2007. The author knows the identity of Whitewash and knows personally that Whitewash made these posts, and knows she lived proximately to have made the interviews.
Critical Statement 1: Butch Atwood Arrived At The Accident Site 1 - 2 Minutes After Faith Westman Called 911
"Atwood arrives with 1-2 min per Faith"
Critical Statement 2: Butch Atwood Remained At The Accident Site for 1 - 2 Minutes After He Arrived
"Atwood is there 1-2 mines tops Faith says."
Critical Statement 3: A Vehicle (That the Westmans Believed Was Cecil Smith) Arrived At The Accident Site When The 911 Call Was Complete
"See Smith nose to nose hangs up with 911."
The Westmans Made One Critical Statement When She Was Interviewed By The Murray Family
Critical Statement 1: Cecil Smith Asked The Atwoods and Westmans “Where Is the Girl?”
“Murray's family said Smith told them he thought the driver of the Saturn was Murray's father, to whom the car was registered. Mysterious to them, though, is why Smith asked neighbors, the night of the crash, "Where is the girl?"
The Westmans Made One Critical Statement When They Were Interviewed By Cold N. Holefield
Critical Statement 1: Cecil Smith Asked The Atwoods and Westmans “Where Is the Girl?”
“as soon as Cecil Smith arrived at her door, Cecil Smith asked 'where is the girl?'“
Butch Atwood made Two Critical Statements To Newspapers
Critical Statement 1: Cecil Smith Arrived At Butch Atwood's Bus 7 - 9 Minutes After His Phone Call to Hanover Dispatch Ended
Newspaper 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/MauraMurrayEvidence/comments/4yq4rq/newspaper_articles/d7go5mc/
“Butch Atwood, who lives just up the road from the site, offered her help. She refused. However, he went to his house to call police and EMS. When Haverhill police arrived about seven to nine minutes later, Murray was no where to be found.”
Newspaper 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/MauraMurrayEvidence/comments/4yq4rq/newspaper_articles/d7gnk2o/
“While he was talking on his phone on his front porch, Atwood could see the road, but not Murray's disabled car. He saw several vehicles drive by, but couldn't tell any makes or models because it was so dark. After about seven to nine minutes, he looked out and saw the Haverhill Police. Atwood believed the situation was under control and went to the school bus to tend to his paperwork. The next thing he knew, Haverhill Police Department Sgt. Cecil Smith was banging on his bus window. “
On Newspaper 2 and other accounts - If we assume that Butch Atwood meant that Cecil Smith arrived at the Westman's home within 7-9 minutes, but not HIS BUS within 7 - 9 minutes, it would mean that Cecil Smith did not arrive at the Westmans until between 19:50 and 19:52 for the first time. (His call ended with Hanover at 19:43 + 7 = 19:50 - 19:52). This could not be correct - so he must have meant that Cecil Smith arrived at his bus 7 - 9 minutes later. I have treated this account accordingly.
Critical Statement 2: Cecil Smith Asked Butch Atwood “Where Is the Girl?”
“Sgt. Smith then drove the 200 yards east to Butch Atwood's home, and found Atwood sitting in his bus. Sgt. Smith knocked on the bus window. "He asked where the girl was," Atwood recalled and told the officer he hadn't seen anyone since leaving Maura's vehicle.”
2.1.2 Critical Log Entries
Haverhill: 19:40 Narrative By Rhonda Marsh
"Narrative: 02/09/2004 1940 Marsh, Rhonda
At 1927, FAITH WESTMAN CALLED, TO ADV OF A VEH IN THE DITCH RIGHT ON SHARP TURN AFTER THE WEATHERED BARN. UNK IF PI, BUT CAN SEE A MAN IN VEH SMOKING CIGARETTE, WAS E/B RT 112, BUT ENDED UP IN W/B DITCH FACING W/B."
Haverhill: 19:48 Narrative By Rhonda Marsh
"Narrative: 02/09/2004 1948 Marsh, Rhonda
AT 1943, HANOVER DISP CALLED TO ADV GOT A 911 CALL FOR US; 911 ADVISED ALL CIRCUITS BUSY: IS FOR 10-25, CALLER AT 2 WILD AMMONOOSUC RD, BUTCH ATWOOD RES, 747-3664. THEY ADV ONE FEMALE. NO PI, BUT SHOOK UP. (CALLED THE ATWOOD RES. WOMAN ADV HER HUSBAND SAW THE CRASH AND CAME HERE TO CALL, BUT NO IDEA WHERE THE FEMALE IS."
“04 4753 1936
Call Taker: D11 - Marsh, Rhonda”
3 Discussion of the Evidence
3.1 Butch Atwood's Timeline
3.1.1 Butch Atwood's Accident Scene Arrival And Departure Times
When Did Butch Atwood Arrive At The Accident Scene?
According to the Grafton County Sheriff Logs, Faith Westman's call to dispatcher Rhonda Marsh started at 19:27.
According to Whitewash's Interview with the Westmans, Faith Westman said that Butch Atwood arrived at the accident scene within 1-2 minutes of the start of her call to dispatcher Rhonda Marsh. "Atwood arrives with 1-2 min per Faith,"
Therefore, Butch Atwood arrived at the accident scene between 19:28 and 19:29.
Faith Westman has also stated in newspapers that she saw Butch Atwood arrive and leave the scene of the accident. Those reports are linked here.
The Grafton County Sheriff's Logs do not mention the fact that Faith Westman saw Butch Atwood arrive and leave.
When Did Butch Atwood Leave the Accident Scene?
Faith Westman said that, after arriving, Butch Atwood remained at the scene for an additional 1-2 minutes. "Atwood is there 1-2 mines tops Faith says."
Therefore, Butch Atwood left the scene of the accident at between 19:29 and 19:31.
Butch Atwood has stated in newspapers that: “Based on his recollection... Atwood's conversation with Maura could only have lasted a few minutes.”
(From here: https://www.reddit.com/r/MauraMurrayEvidence/comments/4yq4rq/newspaper_articles/d7ki910/)
Faith Westman has stated in newpapers that she saw Butch Atwood arrive and leave the scene of the accident. Those reports are linked here.
The Grafton County Sheriff's Logs do not mention the fact that Faith Westman saw Butch Atwood arrive and leave.
Butch Atwood's Call to Hanover Dispatcher
Why Did Butch Atwood Call the Hanover Dispatcher?
Butch Atwood was unable to call the Grafton County dispatcher because all circuits were busy.
Why Isn't Hanover's Call in the Grafton County Sheriff Logs?
Hanover has its own dispatchers and log system, and therefore, Hanover calls are not logged into Grafton County's system.
Have the Hanover Logs Been Released?
No. The Hanover logs have never been acquired under the FOIA. Fred Murray requested them, but was denied.
When Did Butch Atwood's call to the Hanover dispatcher start?
The Grafton County Sheriff's logs do not indicate when Butch Atwood called the Hanover dispatcher.
I will attempt to calculate when the call started within a proposed timeline, shown below.
This timeline will be based upon other factually supported points in time, other witness statements and reasonableness.
As of now, the best estimate of the time when Butch Atwood's conversation started with the Hanover dispatcher is between 19:36:30, 19:37 and 19:39, with 19:39 being most likely.
How Long Was Butch Atwood on the Phone With the Hanover Dispatcher?
The Grafton County Sheriff's logs do not indicate how long Butch Atwood was on the phone with them.
I hypothesize that Butch Atwood was on the phone with the Hanover dispatcher for as long as 4 minutes.
I have based my conclusion upon the hypotesized starting time (from the timeline) and the known ending time, 19:43.
When Did Butch Atwood's Call to the Hanover Dispatcher End?
The Grafton County Sheriff's logs do not indicate the exact time Butch Atwood's call ended.
The Grafton County Sheriff dispatcher Rhonda Marsh wrote, in the narrative portion of the call with the Hanover dispatcher, that they called her at 19:43.
It is reasonable to assume that the Hanover dispatcher called Grafton County dispatcher Rhonda Marsh immediately after finishing their conversation with Butch Atwood.
Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Butch Atwood's call with the Hanover dispatcher had ended immediately before 19:43.
When Was Rhonda Marsh Able To Inform Cecil Smith That He Was Looking For A Female?
Butch Atwood's call to Hanover dispatch before 19:43.
Hanover dispatch called Rhonda Marsh at 19:43 to report to Rhonda Marsh that Butch Atwood saw a female driver
Therefore, Rhonda Marsh informed Cecil Smith that he was looking for a female driver at around 19:44.
3.1.2 Summarized Butch Atwood Time Line
Butch Atwood's time could be calculated as follows, from his arrival time at the accident site between 19:28 and 19:29
• 1 to 2 minutes to talk to Maura Murray, that would make it between 19:29 and 19:31
• 30 seconds to 1 minute to drive his bus to his driveway, that would make it between 19:29:30, 19:30 and 19:32
• 1 minute, 30 seconds to park his bus backwards in his driveway, that would make it between 19:31, 19:31:30 and 19:33:30
• 30 seconds to walk to his front door, that would make it between 19:31:30, 19:32 and 19:34
• 2 minutes to walk into the residence, get his telephone and walk outside to his front porch, that would make it between 19:33:30, 19:34 and 19:36
• 15 seconds to call 911, that would make it between 19:33:45, 19:34:15 and 19:36:15
• 15 seconds to receive a delay for busy circuits, that would make it between 19:34, 19:34:30 and 19:36:30
• 2 minutes to find the phone number for Hanover dispatch, that would make it between 19:36, 19:36:30 and 19:38:30
• 30 Seconds to call Hanover dispatch, that would make it between 19:36:30 19:37 and 19:39
• 4 minutes to talk to Hanover dispatch and hang up phone, that would make it between 19:40, 19:41 and 19:43 (logs say 19:43, so we use 19:43)
• 7 - 9 minutes to wait for Cecil Smith to arrive, that would make it between 19:50 and 19:52
A newspaper article in which Butch Atwood is interviewed is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/MauraMurrayEvidence/comments/4yq4rq/newspaper_articles/d7gnk2o?st=iswtug9r&sh=4b91b516
3.2 Faith Westman's Call To The Grafton County Dispatcher
3.2.1 When Did Faith Westman's Call Start?
The Grafton County Sheriff's logs show that Faith Westman's call started at 19:27.
3.2.2 When Did Faith Westman's Call End?
The Grafton County Sheriff's logs do not make a clear indication when Faith Westman's call ended.
However, Rhonda Marsh answered a call from Grafton at 19:36
Therefore, Faith Westman's call to Rhonda Marsh ended before 19:36
3.2.3 How Long Was Faith Westman on the Phone With dispatcher Rhonda Marsh?
The call started at 19:27, and the call ended before 19:36. (See above)
Therefore, the call was, at most, 9 minutes long.
3.3 Cecil Smith's Timeline
• At 19:43 - 3 minutes prior to Cecil Smith's arrival, Rhonda Marsh informed Officer Smith that he was looking for a female driver. (See above.)
Cecil Smith's time line could be calculated as follows, if he arrived at the accident site at 19:46:20, it would take:
• 30 seconds to exit his car and approach the vehicle, that would make it 19:46:50.
• 1 minute to walk up to the Saturn and perceive that the Saturn's driver was not in the vehicle, that the airbags were deployed and that the windshield had a spider crack in it, that would make it 19:47:50. This is consistent with Cecil Smith's statement that he made a “quick check of the vehicle.”
• 50 seconds to approach the Westman's front door, that would make it 19:48:40. (Art said this would take 50 seconds.)
• 1 minute, 30 seconds to converse with the Westmans briefly - asking “where's the girl?” and having the Westmans tell him that they had seen one of the Atwoods stop to check if the driver was OK, that they could not tell whether the driver was male or female, and that they saw the driver turn the four-ways on and was moving about the interior of the car , that would make it 19:50:10. Cecil Smith could only ask where a girl was if he was informed a woman was in an accident.
• 50 seconds to return to his car, that would make it 19:51. (Art said this would take 50 seconds.)
• 30 seconds to 1 minute to drive to Butch Atwood's bus, he would be at the Bus talking to Butch Atwood between 19:51:30 and 19:52. This reconciles with Butch Atwood's statement that “After about seven to nine minutes, he looked out and saw the Haverhill Police” - as his call with Hanver ended at 19:43. (See above)
• 1 minute to converse with Butch Atwood, that would make it between 19:52:30 and 19:53. This is consistent with Cecil Smith's statement that “I didn't speak to him (Butch Atwood) very long I just probably less then a minute.”
• 1 minute to issue a be on the lookout to the dispatcher, that would make it between 19:53:30 and 19:54. 19:54 reconciles with the “be on the lookout” time in the Grafton County Sheriff's Logs.
• 2 minutes, 30 seconds to check for footprints on the side of the road, that would make it between 19:56 and 19:56:30
• 30 seconds to 1 minute to return to the accident site, that would make it between 19:56:30, 19:57 and 19:57:30. This time range is after the time Dick Guy arrived (19:56:08), so 19:56:30 reconciles with Dick Guy's statement: “We were dispatched to that call. We drove out. There's a car that apparently impacted a tree and it had spun around such that it was facing the opposite direction. We drove around it and parked. There was nobody at the site of the accident. It's not terribly unusual to have a car with nobody there. If somebody is driving impaired sometimes they don't really want to interact with the police.”
It is noteworthy that Anthony Stiles, not Rhonda Marsh, logged Cecil Smith's arrival at the accident site as at 19:46:20. Rhonda Marsh was presumably preoccupied until 19:48 talking to Butch Atwood's common law wife [in second Atwood call], and therefore, unable to log in Cecil Smith's arrival at 19:46:20. After Hanover dispatch called dispatcher Rhonda Marsh at 19:43, Rhonda Marsh (Grafton) called the Atwood residence back. Rhonda Marsh reached Butch Atwood's common law wife, who was inside and able to get the phone. Butch Atwood was outside in his bus doing paperwork, and no longer had a phone available to him. Note that Butch Atwood's common law wife was on the phone with dispatcher Rhonda Marsh until 19:48, the time dispatcher Rhonda Marsh finished writing her narrative (about the Hanover call and the Atwood residence call back) into the dispatch system. Rhonda Marsh's call back to the Atwood Residence took place between [19:43 + time of Hanover call] and 19:48.
Although Dick Guy said "there was nobody at the site of the accident" when he arrived, it should be noted that he arrived after Cecil Smith was at the area of the accident scene at 19:46:20. Therefore, it is clear that Dick Guy was saying that Cecil Smith was not at the situs of the Saturn at 19:56 when he arrived with the EMS. Instead, he must have meant that Cecil Smith was not at the situs (or immediate vicinity) of the Saturn, as Ceci Smith was 100 yards up the road talking to Butch Atwood. He could not have meant that Cecil Smith was not in the general area of at the accident scene.
Anthony Stiles was busy handling multiple dispatches to a medical emergency at Littleton. Multiple Log entries took place at 19:19, 19:22, 19:23, 19:27, 19:28, 19:29 and 19:36 (almost 19:37). Single calls for Littleton took place at 19:43 and 19:46.
Stiles was generally available to handle radio calls from Cecil Smith from 19:36 forward. This contradicts the idea that Cecil Smith's arrival time was entered into the system late because the dispatchers were preoccupied with other calls. And the evidence shows that even though Stiles had made an EMS entry for Littleton at 19:46:29, he managed to enter Cecil Smith's arrival at Haverhill at 19:46:20.
Anthony Stiles dispatched fire and EMS to the Haverhill accident scene at 19:42 and logged in their enroute times at 19:45.
Clearly Anthony Stiles was preoccupied and could not dispatch Fire and EMS to Haverhill until after 19:29 and arguably not until after 19:36. Rhonda Marsh handled a call from Grafton at 19:36 that had to end before 19:43, but could have lasted up to a minute. However, Stiles did not dispatch Fire and EMS until 19:42.
So the question is why wasn't fire and EMS dispatched at 19:36? What took place between 19:37 and 19:42?
It has been suggested that the delay from 19:37 to 19:42 in calling out fire and EMS is indicative that Cecil Smith was actually at the scene as early as 19:42, Ceci Smith having authority to do so.
A source has been sited in support of this argument: John Healy, the former head of the NHLI a group that investigated Maura Murray's disappearance. It is clear, that John Healy has stated in a Crimewire interview, that Cecil Smith was the person that requested Fire and EMS.
Although the evidence seems to indicate that Cecil Smith did not request fire and EMS come to the scene, we can still suppose that Cecil Smith did. And if we do, we will still note that Fire and EMS were not called from 19:35 - 19:41.
If we give Cecil Smith 2 minutes from his arrival to determine that their was a spider crack in the window and airbags deployed and therefore, he should dispatch Fire and EMS, that would place his arrival at 19:40, at earliest. So even though this argument has been made, it does not support the theory that Cecil Smith was at the accident scene at 19:35. At best it might demonstrate some delay between actual events and how they are logged into the system. However it falls short of showing that Cecil Smith was there prior to Witness A's departure from the accident scene. Witness A could not have been at the scene any later than 19:39, and if she was there that late, she would have traveled an average of 50 miles an hour to Beaver Pond on a dark and dangerous road, at least at those speeds.
Therefore, we can only logically conclude, that if Cecil Smith arrived at the accident site early, it was not early enough for Witness A to have seen him or his vehicle.
3.4 We Have A Basis To Conclude The Proposed Timelines Are Correct - So Any Other Proposed Fact That Violates It Is Probably Incorrect
3.4.1 Cecil Smith's Time Line Reconciles With Butch Atwood and Dick Guy's Time Line
I have been able to reconstruct Cecil Smith and Butch Atwood's timeline, placing both of them at Butch Atwood's bus at about between 19:51:30 and 19:52.
Therefore, we have a basis to believe that our reconstruction of both time lines are correct enough to approximate when various events took place for both of them.
The key point in time is when Cecil Smith and Butch Atwood's time lines intersect, which is when Cecil Smith knocked on Butch Atwood's bus.
The fact that Cecil Smith Arrived at Butch Atwood's bus at/about/between 19:51:30 and 19:52 is also supported by the fact that Cecil Smith said his conversation with Butch Atwood lasted “less than a minute” and the fact that Cecil Smith issued a “be on the lookout” at 19:54.
Logically, Cecil Smith would only issue the “be on the lookout” after he became aware that the witnesses did not know where the driver was. Butch Atwood was the last witness Cecil Smith talked to.
If it took 1 minute to issue a “be on the lookout,” 2 minutes, 30 seconds to check for footprints on the side of the road and 30 seconds to 1 minute to return to the situs of the accident, the timeline reconciles with Dick Guy's statement in which he indicates that Cecil Smith was not at the situs of the Saturn when he arrived.