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Fred Murray's letters to James Renner:
Generic mentions of "family" or "her parents" will be treated as a mention of Fred Murray -- they will be included here, I'll leave it to the reader to determine applicability.
The New Hampshire Union Leader
February 13, 2004
“This is very unusual" said Fred Murray, her father. “It's not like her to just take off."
Fred Murray said he wants to tell his daughter that whatever is troubling her, it's nothing that can't be worked out.
"I don't know what the matter is, or the trouble you think you might be in,he said, but it isn't anything we can't solve. It's me you can tell me. We will work it out until we solve it."
"We just want to spread the word around and ask anyone who may have seen her to please call us," Fred Murray said.
February 13, 2004
Fred Murray has issued a plea to his 21-year-old daughter to contact him so they can work together on straightening out what is troubling her.
Murray met with reporters in Bethlehem Thursday night after he and family members scoured parts of New Hampshire from Haverhill to Conway and Bethlehem for his daughter, Maura.
"Maura, this is me ... like always, we will solve this," he said in a plea to his daughter through the media.
Fred Murray said he doesn't understand what prompted his daughter to leave the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is a nursing student, to drive to New Hampshire.
He said it's very unusual for her just to take off. He said he had seen her Sunday afternoon and didn't suspect anything was wrong.
"I don't know exactly what you think is the matter," Murray said, again pleading to his daughter. "It isn't anything that can't be easily solved."
Murray did say Maura was upset about something that had happened over the weekend. He also said whatever it was wasn't a big deal.
Shivering in a light coat as he spoke about his daughter, Murray said he didn't know she was missing until another one of his children, Kathleen, called him Tuesday from Maura's apartment.
Haverhill police officers, he said, had called Maura's home. He made the trip to Haverhill, N.H., in the middle of the night.
Joining Murray in speaking with reporters in Bethlehem Thursday night was Bill Rausch, who is a second lieutenant with C Battery, 119th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
That bothers both Murray and Rausch. They have been told police are waiting for another lead. "Our concern," Murray said, "is getting the word out from one police department to another police department. In the meantime, we are trying to spread the word."
And that doesn't mean just law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire. They both believe Vermont and New Hampshire police agencies should be working together on this.
"That community lies right on the border," he said, referring to Haverhill. "Vermont could be helping out."
When Murray was asked why Maura had driven up to New Hampshire and may be headed toward the Kancamagus Highway area, he said the family had been visiting the area for several years to camp. "It's very familiar," he said.
Rausch and Murray spent Wednesday and Thursday handing out dozens of flyers with a picture of Maura and information describing her.
February 14, 2004
"This is very unusual," said Fred Murray, father of Maura Murray, 21. "It's not like her to just take off."
Murray's family and her Army lieutenant boyfriend have been passing out fliers with information about her in New Hampshire and in Vermont.
The area is one she knows well, having vacationed there many years with her parents.
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise / New Hampshire Union Leader / Lowell Sun / Nashua Telegraph / Boston Globe
February 14, 2004
Murray’s family along with her boyfriend, Army Lt. Bill Rausch, and his family have flown into the state to help. The family has been passing out fliers with her picture on both sides of the border, hoping someone might have seen her.
“This is very unusual,” said Fred Murray, her father. “It's not like her to just take off.”
She was familiar with the area because her family vacationed in the Lincoln and Conway areas for years.
February 16, 2004
Police in New Hampshire waited 36 hours before launching a full-scale search for a University of Massachusetts nursing student who vanished last week after crashing into a snowbank, according to the woman's father.
"I'm getting more scared by the hour," Maura Murray's father, Frederick, said yesterday from a motel near the Vermont state line. "Time could be running out for her. People just don't vanish."
But it was not until two days later that a state police helicopter, search-and-rescue dogs and New Hampshire Fish and Game officials began an intensive search because Haverhill police assumed she was likely a drunken driver who had left the scene, they told Frederick Murray. A witness whose help she declined told police she appeared to be intoxicated, and a bottle of alcohol was found in her car.
Since then, Murray's family, her boyfriend and his parents have driven from New Hampshire to Vermont to Maine, distributing fliers with her photograph and a plea for anyone with information about her whereabouts to call state police.
February 16, 2004
Family and friends continued to search Monday for a Massachusetts woman missing for one week after a car accident.
Murray was last seen on Route 112, and as her father searched the roadway Monday, he said that he needs to stay focused on finding her.
"I don't want to go back without her," Fred Murray said. "I can't face the ride going back in an empty car."
Maura Murray's boyfriend, Bill Rausch, was also searching again Monday. Her family and friends said they don't know what else to do. They've covered a 50-mile radius from Woodsville with posters, but police said there is still no sign of her. Her father believes she's no longer in the area.
"I think she accepted a ride at the scene of the accident, which would enable her to get closer to public transportation, and she got out by bus," Fred Murray said.
"If she could've, she would've contacted me, so I think she's being held against her will," Fred Murray said. "I'm afraid to think of what could've happened."
CNN American Morning
February 17, 2004
Joining us this morning from a motel in Wells River, Vermont, which has now become a home base for the searchers, Maura's father, Fred Murray, and her boyfriend, Army Lieutenant Bill Rausch.
Thank you for joining us, gentlemen, both of you. I appreciate it. I know this is such a strained and difficult story.
O'BRIEN: Mr. Murray, let's back up a little bit. Maura had taken some money out of the ATM, had e-mailed her professor saying that she was going to miss some classes because of a family situation, and gotten in her car and headed north. Does anyone have any idea where she was headed, where she was going?
FRED MURRAY, FATHER OF MISSING STUDENT: We think because of the general direction she was traveling that she was going to an area that she's familiar with, which would be up in the White Mountains where we used to camp and hike. But the whole thing came on so suddenly that I know the night before she had no such plans. I spoke to her, and she was due to talk to me Monday night, but I don't think she was able to.
O'BRIEN: Was it typical at all for her to throw stuff in a car and say, hey, you know, I'm going to get out of town for a couple of days and just, you know, make a snap decision like that overnight? Or would that be very unusual for her?
MURRAY: She had never done it before, and no one that knows her can explain it. She's a very dependable kid, and she follows through on what she says she's going to do. And, again, I don't think that she was able to in this case.
RAUSCH: Well, we're uncertain obviously of exactly did happen. But as Fred said, this is completely out of character in regard to her not being able to contact us. She had planned to call Fred that evening, her father. She had planned on calling me, wanted me to return her phone call. And if she were able to do so, we are 100 percent certain that she would have done exactly that.
Thank you for talking with us this morning. We certainly we wish you the best of luck in your search.
MURRAY: Thank you.