We have had an entire national conversation about the missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts and the terrible outcome that the case there resulted in (she was found murdered). However, this has sparked a national interest in some other missing persons cases that may have not received as much attention due to all of the clamor to cover the Tibbetts case. There is nothing wrong with covering a particular case of course, but some did point out that we may have been distracted from some of the other important cases that are still open as well.
One bizarre case also involving a missing female university student is the case of Maura Murray. Her case has faded into the background from the national media long ago as she was last seen on February 9th, 2004. However, for a community of people who are obsessed with her case it has never really gone away.
Maura e-mailed professors that there was a death in her family and that she would not be in class for some time (the family has since confirmed that there was no death). She then went to an ATM and withdrew $280 in cash before also being spotted on the camera of a liquor store purchasing large quantities of alcohol. No one else was seen with her.
She then headed north for a destination unknown before crashing her car on a lonely road in New Hampshire. The first person to come upon her was a bus driver who asked if she needed help. She said she had called AAA and asked him to please not call the police. He traveled down the road ever so slightly to his home and called the police anyway. It took the officers perhaps ten minutes or so to reach the scene of the accident, but Maura was nowhere to be found. To this day, her disappearance remains a mystery.
Her father has always fought hard to get as much information as possible about his missing daughter, and he has tried to keep it in the national spotlight as much as possible. There have been a few true crime television shows made about the case and plenty of people who follow the developments online. However, we still just don’t know what happened. She is yet another missing person who has not come home, and her family will never be able to get the closure that they deserve until she is found.