Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another Tought Concerning Petrit Vasi

A reader brought up an intriguing idea.

I've never liked the theory that Maura hit Petrit Vasi with her car the night she had the breakdown at work. I just don't see how she could have snuck out and back so quickly, without being seen.

But what if it was a friend who borrowed her car? And that friend hit Vasi.

Was that why they were traveling in tandem into New Hampshire? Was the plan to get rid of or damage Maura's car, and return to Amherst together? Did the accident then change their plan?

It would explain a lot of things, not to mention the amount of alcohol and the interest in lodgings with two bedrooms.

What do you think?

Monday, April 14, 2014

**UPDATED** Coordinates

This got caught in my spam folder for a couple days but someone using a program to obscure their true IP and email address sent me coordinates for a location in the White Mountains.

Depending on how you interpret the info, the coordinates lead to a small section off a hiking path, or half-way up the face of a mountain.

Probably a hoax, but, again, worth checking. Whoever sent this would like us to believe this is where Maura's body is located. So, it's either someone with knowledge of her death or a person with a sick and twisted agenda.

In the future, if you have a tip like this, please provide a photograph for verification.

** Editor's Note: It is still, as the locals say, "Winter in the Whites". Lots of snow left on the mountains. Only experienced hikers should venture there.**

Here's a report from a reader who volunteered to check out the coordinates over the weekend:

Sorry to take so long to get back to you, but the post hike beers won't drink themselves. Here's what I can tell you about the day. 
I enlisted three friends of mine from the Boston area, all of whom are experienced technical climbers, and a close work associate with a decade experience in digital topography. The three grads headed directly for the Sawyer River Road, to make the 7+ mile accent to the top of Carrigain, while my colleague and I headed for the closed Bear Notch Pass, to make a far less technical one and a half mile snowshoe trek to the second possible waypoint. 
The two of us were able to locate the Bear Notch Pass waypoint at about 10:40am and spent nearly two hours in the immediate area investigating any and all possible anomalies. The area is a logging area, and fairly open, but unfortunately we were hampered by the 24 to 36 inches of snow still remaining in the pass. We were able to locate nothing unusual. If there's something there, and it's not three or more feet in the air, it may take several weeks until we can find it with the current amount of snow on the ground. 
The Carrigain team had similar luck. They reached their waypoint at just after 12:30pm, and spent over an hour in the area. They reported snow at that elevation of between 36 and 48 inches, with some drifts even higher. Like us, nothing was evidently visible, and the ground has 100% snow coverage.
Everyone returned to the southern end of Crawford Notch safely by 7pm. 
We voted unanimously over dinner at the Truant Tavern in Woodstock, to come back in a few weeks, ideally with increased numbers, but until the snow melts I'm afraid there isn't much more we can do for you. It may be mid spring in the rest of the country, but the mountains have their own calendar. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Maura Murray Documentary Gains Momentum

These guys are talented filmmakers from greater Boston. I'm not sure what they're doing, exactly, or who all they've spoken to, but I think this is going to be superb.

Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MauraMurrayDoc

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Urgent! Need feet on ground in the White Mountains

I need an experienced hiker who is proficient with GPS and geocaching.

Email me asap: jameswrenner@gmail.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole, Again...

I'm guessing this is a long shot, but I'm going to post out of an abundance of caution.

After a day that saw Maura Murray Facebook page moderator, Troy Killman, quickly deleting his sock-puppet accounts, an astute reader found this video of a flash mob which "Killman" posted to YouTube.

There is a woman who appears in the video whom some believe resembles Maura, or what she may look like a little older/heavier.

What do you think?

***UPDATED*** The "Official" Maura Murray Facebook Page is Being Catfished

There is something odd with the main moderator over at the official Maura Murray Facebook page and it appears the family spokesman, Helena Dwyer, has been duped and the page is being controlled by an anonymous person with an unknown agenda.
He calls himself Troy Killman.

According to his profile, he is in a relationship with Casey Slone, a young man form Boston. Here's Casey's profile, which explains that he works for the NSA.

Except, wait. That profile is fake, created with photos pulled from Slone's real account, which I won't link to here. Sloan is actually involved in New England politics.

Killman claims to be from the Manchester, NH area, the hometown of prolific posters on Topix, who attack anyone suggesting that Maura may still be alive.

Manchester is also within the 22-mile "ping radius" of the mysterious phone caller who called Maura's phone the day she went missing in New Hampshire.

The term for posing as someone you are not, online, is "Catfishing."

It appears that Helena has given access to the official Maura Facebook page to a person who is creating false identities online, for purposes unknown.

Some have suggested this could be Alden Olson, the creep who taunted the family with YouTube videos a couple years ago.

Whoever it is, the authorities and the Murray family should find out who they're really dealing with. Especially given the connections to the mystery caller from the day Maura disappeared.

The Facebook pages for both Troy Killmans and Casey Slone were taken down hours after this post was published.

I hope authorities are looking into this. My hunch is that whoever these people were, they were also responsible for the Alexa Taylor Facebook page that was using Maura's photo for her profile pic.

Readers also pointed out a Troy Killman who worked for hotels in the Dover area, around the time of Maura's disappearance.

With the Manchester, NH connection I would not be surprised if this same person is prolifically spamming the Topix pages dedicated to Maura's disappearance.

Whoever it is, they were able to bullshit their way into moderating the family's "official" page and the Murrays and the police should be very interested in figuring out just who it was and why they were taking control of the information coming in and out of that account (including potential leads).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Trolls Are Loud, But Few

Anyone working in journalism the last few years has noticed the rise of the Anonymous Troll, the frequent online commenter who hides behind anonymity and tosses cheap pot-shots at the writer, or just uses the forum to talk about how they believe Jews are taking over the world or Obama is to blame for everything that is wrong with society.

To them, it's a kind of game. Like Dungeons and Dragons. They can pretend to be someone else, say some things to just get people angry, and then sit back and watch the drama.

The trolling comments on this blog have greatly increased in the last few weeks/months. It really took off around the time I spoke out about the criminal history of Maura's siblings and the man her mother had an affair with and continued as I've reported on recent possible sightings of Maura throughout the U.S.

It's interesting that much of these comments can be backtracked to a small area of Manchester, New Hampshire, which is within the range of the infamous "londonderry ping," that phone call Maura's cell received the afternoon of her disappearance. Though these comments all come from Manchester, they appear under at least a dozen different monikers (some using proxies which attempt to reroute their location to other cities). I keep a list of their I.P.s in case their anger escalates to actual danger at some point. It is also interesting to me that Troy Killman, the silent moderator of the Maura Murray Facebook Page (a young man who is obsessed with the case but has no academic purpose for being so involved) lived and attended school in Manchester, according to one of his multiple personal Facebook pages. Killman banned me from that page when I posted about recent sightings.

I honestly don't know what to make of all this. But it's odd.

At first, I figured I would just ban all unmoderated comments to this blog. But that doesn't help generate new leads. So, going forward, I plan to simply delete these trolling comments. It's a little more work for me, but it seems to make the most sense.