Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Hometown Tragedy: The Mystery of Maura Murray

The Disappearance of Maura Murray

Mary Staes

On a wintery night in February 2004, a college student crashes her car on a remote New Hampshire road. A few minutes later, a bus driver headed home after his shift asks if she needed any help, and she assures him she’s already called for it. That would be the last time anyone saw Maura Murray. For decades, Murray’s case continues to stump investigators. How does a person just disappear without a trace?

Considered one of the first major true crime cases of the digital age, Murray’s disappearance is one of the most well-known missing cases in the world. That attention, her family says, is appreciated, but has its downsides.

“We’ve got all this coverage and my family is thankful for that because the way that these cases are solved is through awareness and through engagement,” says Julie Murray, Maura’s sister. “However, that comes with a cost, and the cost is exploiting the tragedy and exploiting Maura herself and exploiting my family and anyone that tries to help.”

Hear more from Julie Murray and about who Maura Murray is behind the headlines, in this episode of “Hometown Tragedy.”

Want to learn more about Maura Murray’s story?:


Missing Maura Murray by Crawlspace Media and Glassbox Media
Killer Queens: Missing: Maura Murray
The Casual Criminalist: The Dissappearance of Maura Murray

We also have a Spotify playlist here of featured true crime stories, including Maura Murray’s.

Further Reading:

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
B.O.L.O.: Be On the Look Out 
Missing Girls An Anthology of True Crime

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