Maura Murray’s mysterious disappearance on February 9, 2004, left her family with countless unanswered questions, as the University of Massachusetts student vanished after a car crash in Haverhill, N.H., without disclosing her destination. Now, two decades later, Maura’s sister, Julie Murray, endeavors to unravel the enigma that forever altered their lives through her new podcast, “Media Pressure,” which premiered on February 5.
The podcast delves deep into Maura’s story, offering unprecedented insights and interviews with her family members, including Julie, Fred Jr., Kurtis Murray, and her father, Fred Murray. In the aftermath of Maura’s disappearance, speculations arose about whether the nursing student left campus willingly, fueled by her false claim to a professor about a family death prompting her departure.
On the fateful day, Maura packed her bags, withdrew most of her bank account funds, and purchased alcohol before embarking on a journey. Hours later, a resident in New Hampshire reported a single-car accident, with Maura at the wheel. However, when police arrived, she was nowhere to be found, leaving the circumstances surrounding her disappearance shrouded in ambiguity.
Julie expressed the ongoing anguish of not having answers, stating, “The worst part is the ambiguity and having the heartache every single day for two decades. We don’t have answers, and we don’t have Maura.”
While her family initially held out hope for a different outcome, they now believe Maura may have fallen victim to foul play. The podcast, “Media Pressure,” not only narrates Maura’s story but also provides bonus content, including the accident report, 911 call transcripts, and security photos of Maura at the ATM on the day she vanished.
According to the accident report, authorities found Maura’s locked car with a box of wine and red liquid inside. However, her belongings were absent, and no footprints were leading away from the vehicle. Julie emphasizes the importance of bringing attention to Maura’s case, stating, “We finally have a way to tell Maura’s story accurately and responsibly while putting ‘media pressure’ on those with answers.”
As part of the effort to keep Maura’s memory alive, a candlelight vigil is scheduled at Mountain Lakes Lodge in Woodsville, N.H., on Friday at 5 p.m. local time. Read the full story here ▶