Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Section Added

Check the pages above this post. You will see I've added an "Evidence" section where I'll be linking to documents related to this case which you can read through/download for further study. Many documents, including the accident reports, can be viewed right now.

A couple things I found interesting. Check out Fred Murray's FOIA request. I've never seen anything like it from the parent of a missing family member. I've seen requests like that before, but usually from defense attorneys seeking discovery before a trial. Also, the lawyers Murray used to file his appeal when the records were denied appear to be copyright/trademark attorneys.

Let me know if you find anything of particular interest.

20 comments:

  1. Was wondering what was different about the FOI request. I've never seen one in any case.
    Please explain the oddity/difference.

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  2. Most law enforcement officials willingly share at least some information with family members of people gone missing, so they don't HAVE to file FOIA acts for the info.

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  3. Within the New Hampshire Accident Report document the officer wrote that he was helped in his efforts to look for the missing girl by "a resident of the area." It was reported on the old mauramurray forum that Butch Atwood was the resident in question. Who knows if that info was accurate.

    He was such a good guy that I could easily see him helping out.

    Certain others assigned more nefarious motives to his ostensible efforts to help.

    John Avellar

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  4. Hmmm...what kind of subject might not be allowed to see evidence in a case?

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  5. As far as I can see the BOL (be-on-the-lookout) for Maura was never sent out to Lincoln/Woodstock PD or to Franconia PD.
    I wonder why not?

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  6. James - in your opinion, based on your research to date, is Fred Murray a suspect? Or is there another rational explanation for his failure to cooperate fully with the investigation into the disappearance of his daughter? His lack of cooperation seems troubling to anyone who has a child of their own. I for one have always been troubled by the fact that it seems he is hiding something. Whether this is directly related to Maura's disappearance or not remains unclear, even 7 years later...

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  7. To Brian and the anonymous poster who think Fred is a suspect.... Not only is that as insane as the post about the rag in the tailpipe I commented on, but completely not in line with why the request was filed in the first place.

    First, police during an ongoing investigation do not typically release the type of materials Fred was asking for. They keep it secure because they do not want any interference in the ongoing investigation. People can speculate all they want about what whether or not Fred is, or should be, a suspect, but I believe this does little more than sell books or detract away from the suspects.

    Second, Fred sent out the FOIA request so that he could get information to try to locate his daughter. What father in his position would not do the same when they receive little to no information from the police department. Victims, and in this case Fred is a victim, are entitled to more cooperation from the police. Or at least they should be provided, within reason, with information that is germane to the investigation.

    Fred searches in his heart and mind, through his actions, for his youngest daughter everyday. The police department has not been cooperative with him, and he wants to have closure to this entire ordeal. Why not point a finger at the police department instead of Fred. Has anyone ever thought about the fact that they want to cover up their tracks for their screw up. but of course they won't ask since law enforcement personnel are not corrupt, they don't lie, and of course they want to actively investigate the hard cases and are not lazy. In an optimal world this would all be true, but in reality, it is not.

    Focus on the real issues and provide information for all of us to find Maura.

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  8. James, What happened to your suspect section?

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  9. The BOL was issued. The Chief of Police from the town that I reside in (not a NH town) was in the area for vacation and even he received it. He was staying at the condos at the base of Loon Mountain.

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  10. 11:18: At this point, I have not found enough viable suspects to merit a section. I may bring it back at some point.

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  11. To Aug 9 @ 9:33 p.m .....Bravo!!

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  12. 9:33 PM - I never said I actually thought Fred was a suspect. I apologize if my post suggested that - I just was curious as to James's feelings on the subject. My point was that Fred's behavior seems strange to me and alot of other people. For the life of me, I can't understand why a father of a missing girl would need attorneys at his interview with the police or why he would be against someone like James Renner bringing attention to the case after all this time.

    Can you explain this to me?

    Furthermore, what exactly did the police screw up? If they did mess up the investigation or were less than open with the family about their investigation that would really be terrible, but then again how exactly does that have anything to do with what actually happened to Maura?

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  13. If I had a child who was murdered and various signs pointed to the police seeing me as the chief suspect, I would definitely bring lawyers to make sure that I do not allow myself to be set up for a fall. As innocent as I may well be, and as much as I want my child found, I would not sit back and simply let the police railroad me.


    John Avellar

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  14. Anonymous said...

    As far as I can see the BOL (be-on-the-lookout) for Maura was never sent out to Lincoln/Woodstock PD or to Franconia PD.
    I wonder why not?
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    A VERY GOOD question. I have wondered this for 7 yrs. The towns it was issued to are the other way from her supposed direction of travel.

    Why Why Why....?

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  15. Am I correct in assuming that most, including Maura's family, assume that she was murdered by someone that happened upon her at or near the crash site?

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  16. In my opinion, the BOLO was not sent out east, because they thought she went west. Since the police are locals, they probably assumed she went west, because there are more businesses and activity in that direction. Their first mistake was assuming she knew the area. She had Mass. plates on the car. Although, to be fair, we are not absolutely sure what was her ultimate direction. She could have gone west in someone's car.

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  17. Richard, I was on the old mauramurray site and for a long time at that, and I can tell you that the family and their supporters are convinced to the point of brooking no
    contradiction that Maura was murdered. To believe as I do that there are a great many compelling reasons for her to have said "adios muchachos" to her old life-that to include her family, as well- and those who think that suicide is what ended up taking her life, or even the belief that she had a bit to drink and, panicking at the prospect of getting arrested for drinking while driving, she figured she would hide in the woods until everything quited down, only to tragically succumb to the elements: all of these are verboten in the minds of those who must see everything she did at school up to and including the moment she left as having absolutely nothing to do with her disapperance: she went up to the woods for a break and had an accident and was somehow killed by a killer who happened by at just the right time to wreak havoc.

    John Avellar

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  18. Hi John, thanks for responding. I feel that her family must believe that because a)they can't come to grips with her abandoning them; and b)it makes the most "sense" to a degree. But is there any actual evidence that a crime or a murder was committed?

    I have heard Fred make mention of possible "shadowy" figures in the area that could be suspects. I didn't know if there was any evidence that he knew about that indicated something like that happened.

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  19. If a BOL was not issued, how would a Chief of Police vacationing at Loon have been made aware THAT night? Loon Mtn. is east of Haverhill.

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  20. Thank you very much for having added this section.

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