Channel surfing last week led me to watch the Missing Maura Murray documentary on Oxygen.
I got hooked quickly.
Here’s the background information:
At 7:35pm, on February 9th, 2004, New Hampshire State Police are called to scene of a single car accident on Rt. 112. It was the intersection of Wild Ammonoosuc Road and Bradley Hill Road where a U-Mass Amherst student named Maura Murray vanished after she apparently lost control of her vehicle after a sharp bend. When authorities arrived not ten minutes later, Maura was gone. There has been no credible sighting of her since.
Maura wanted to get away from something in her life, that we know. In the ten years following the accident and her disappearance, a frenzy of theories – from the rational to the extremely far-fetched – surfaced in the online community. Blogs and topic boards have been dedicated to uncovering the mystery but more often than not the rational discussions break down. What was begun by well-intentioned individuals who truly want to contribute in a productive way, ripple-effects into insults, accusations, threats, multiple personalities and condemnable behavior.
Our documentary is focused on how this one incident, performed by one young woman trying to figure life out, borne this ripple-effect.
After watching the first episode, I started listening to the Missing Maura Murray podcast. Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri have been doing this podcast since 2015, and I find it informative.
There’s also a Facebook discussion group, a book by journalist James Renner, blogs, and YouTube posts.
I just cannot imagine what it is like to have someone you love disappear. I’ve looked at some missing persons statistics, but I don’t want to get lost in the numbers. For me, it’s more about human loss. What the heck happened to them? Some people disappear because they want to escape their lives, but that is not everyone. What do their loved ones suffer, not knowing, sometimes ever, what happened to them?
About thirteen years ago, I was going through a rough patch in my life. I considered just getting in my car and driving away to start a new life. I didn’t do it, but I sure gave it some thought. From what I have learned so far, Maura Murray was going though a rough patch in her life also. There are so many theories about what happened to Maura, but no one knows for sure. We will ever know? I’m not sure, but I find myself becoming obsessed with this young woman’s disappearance.
Gotta go and listen to more Missing Maura Murray podcasts!