For anyone else who hasn't seen the Disappeared episode featuring Maura, I found it on You Tube in 5 parts. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this forum, but I'm very glad I watched it.
There was a lot of interest placed on the bus driver. Interviewed in Florida, both he and his wife as well as an interview of the wife after the Bus driver passed away. I'm inclined to believe the reasoning is the investigators believe he or she did see something other than what has been put out in the open.
I often wonder, Where is the construction worker now? No information can be found regarding him. What company employed him at the time? or Was he self employed? Where is he now?
This guy from Dalton is into ice fishing:
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I know the issue of the cell phone has been discussed, but I can't find the information about whether or not it was left in the car. I apologize for bringing this up again, since I'm sure it's already been hashed out somewhere on here.
If Maura didn't have her phone with her, this question is pointless. If she did though, I'm wondering, was there no cell service in the entire area, or could there have been cell service in the area where the dog lost track of her scent? (I like how they used a German Shepherd on Disappeared while talking about a blood hound). Anyway, this wouldn't answer what possibly happened to her, but I'm wondering, if there WAS service, was it possible that she walked to that point to get service and then called someone she knew to come pick her up?
I guess that doesn't make sense because, for one thing, she didn't know anyone in the area (as far as we know). Also, that would mean that someone else has also gone off the radar if the two are hiding out together (which, of course, is extremely unlikely). I don't know. Maybe she did know someone in the area, since her dad did say they'd been there several times. Maybe she did call someone to pick her up and that person either doesn't want to come forward because he or she is the one who harmed her, or maybe that person dropped her off somewhere else where something did happen and feels some responsiblity or is afraid to get blamed.
I don't know. I've always been of the opinion that her plans beforehand, however strange they may have been, had nothing to do with what happened to her. However, after watching Disappeared, I can't help but wonder if she may have been planning to meet someone after all. I know the police went through her computer already and never mentioned anything, but I just find it incredibly odd that she would plan to go somewhere all by herself, however upset she may have been about her dad's car. Another thing that's odd to me is that no hotel/condo/cabin etc. came forward saying they had any reservations for her. Considering the amount of research Maura did, I don't think she would have left on this trip without finalizing somewhere to stay. Could it be possible that she was planning to stay with someone? I really can't make sense out of this part.
Like I said, I've always thought that her plans had nothing to do with what happened, but those things do make me curious about whether or not maybe she did plan to meet up with someone and that, one way or another, that person was the one she did ultimately meet up with, and he or she caused her harm. She also purchased a heck of a lot of alcohol for one person.
The lack of reservations to stay anywhere and the excess alcohol make me suspicious that she did plan to meet somebody. I would say that person had nothing to do with what happened, except if that were the case, he or she would have come forward and said so.
Also, if the contractor lived just down the way from where this happened, and he says he saw "someone" running that night, wouldn't he have noticed everything else going on around, wouldn't it be unforgettable?
IIRC, the contractor didn't report his seeing a person possibly matching Maura's description running down the road some ways away from the scene of the accident until a few months later.
So if he did see LE activity near his home the night of Maura's accident/disappearance, he didn't initially connect it to the person he saw running, or so it would seem.
Here's my imagination at work: I could imagine another construction worker kidding with him about hiding Maura, especially if they knew the dogs lost the scent in front of his house. I can't help thinking this. Yet, I realize the contractor may have nothing to do with her disappearance. There are more than 2 men in NH. The bus driver and contractor are not the only ones in town.
She did buy alot of alcohol, but she may had figured she'd use some of it for a future dorm party. In other words, she might not have planned to consume it all on that trip. As far as overnight accommodations, maybe she was just winging it and that is why she was rushing up to NH. It was getting late.
Just some thoughts, not sure if they are correct.
I read an old police forum from 2009 and learned that the bus driver was a former policemen for the town of Taunton, MA. I wonder why he left the force? Was he retired?
Everything I Write Is JMHO ..
Oh, here is the link
I cannot vouch for the validity of anything posted there, but found it interesting, especially what was posted by the author, Peripeteia
Last edited by OldSteve; 04-18-2011 at 11:38 AM.
"Were the interviews in Florida with the bus driver and his wife police interviews or media interviews?"
Because I'm not at liberty to discuss details that I've given my word not to reveal I can only tell you this and let you expand on it to the best of your ability. The answer to your question is this: If it wasn't LE or Media conducting the interviews, Who does that leave that would have the authority to conduct interviews?
It absolutely pains me to have certain information that I gave my word I would not share. The reason it pains me so is ALL this time has passed and no conclusion has come to this case. I would be much more comfortable if ALL those involved in the investigation would release the information to the public at this time. To me it appears they are obviously stymied by the turn their investigation has taken. They may very well be holding the very pieces needed that the public may be able to put together after all this time. If they in fact have two pieces of hard evidence in their possession found at the crime scene as stated in a previous article by John Healey of the NH League of Private investigators I can only surmise those pieces contain only two things, 1) Articles they haven't found out who they belong to. 2) DNA evidence which has yielded no match to this day.
I don't like to sound as though I'm disgusted with the investigators in any way but time continues to march on with no answers and no new updates. I'm not a family member and this case rips at my gut everyday. I can only imagine what this is doing to the family.
Please forgive me if this has been mentioned already - I'm currently reading through the past Maura threads (I'm on 5!) to get caught up on this case, but I thought of somethign recently I had to mention.
The deployed airbags - I believe I read that both the drivers and the passenger's airbags had been deployed. Is this accurate? My question is, don't many cars that have airbags also have weight sensors in the seats, so that the airbag will only be deployed if the person is large enough to warrant it (i.e., not a child)? I know my mom's car does this - there's little lights in the control panel that indicate whether the drivers and passengers airbags are activated, and when I'm adjusting my sitting on the passenger side, sometimes the light goes out briefly when my weight is lifted off the seat... I didnt' realize it was automatic at first, and used to tease my mom that she was turning my airbag on and off depending on how much I was bugging her on a particular day.
Anyway, my point is - was Maura's car a new enough model, that the airbags would work this way? If so, someone had to be sitting in the passenger seat to cause it to go off.