The FBI recently issued a nationwide warning regarding Maura Murray, a UMass Amherst nursing student who disappeared nearly 18 years ago in Haverhill, New Hampshire.
According to her sister Julie Murray, the alarm is for ViCAP, the agency’s violent criminal apprehension program.
“It’s a way for multiple agencies and different jurisdictions to share information,” Julie Murray said told WMUR.
Murray announced the update in his sister’s case via Twitter on Sunday. She called the alarm, “long awaited, but a positive step in finding answers.”
On February 9, 2004, 21-year-old Maura Murray left school unexpectedly and traveled north to New Hampshire. The native Hanson crashed his car – a black Saturn – on Route 112 and has not been seen since.
In recent years, investigators have searched a house in Haverhill for her remains and have done so as well examined human bone fragments found near Loon Mountain. Both searches have not found any new information about Maura’s disappearance.
Julie Murray told Boston 25 News she was contacted by law enforcement officials last week and told her about the alarm. It includes physical details about Maura as well as the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
“I always wonder why it took so long to put it into this powerful, powerful database where information can be shared,” Julie Murray told the television station. “And they are not just putting anything into this database. These are cases where they seem random and unmotivated. There are cases like my sister’s where they have no idea what happened to them. “
Murray told the station that the database is being used where there is a suspicion of fraud.
“It’s a big indicator for me, given that the state of New Hampshire has never classified Maura’s case as criminal, but it points in that direction that they have not ruled it out,” Murray told Boston 25 News.
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