Possible break in woman's 2004 disappearance in New Hampshire

Published: Feb. 8, 2019 at 1:31 PM EST
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Saturday marks the 15-year anniversary of the disappearance of Maura Murray. The college student from Massachusetts was last seen on a back road in Haverhill, New Hampshire.

Now, there is new information on the mystery. Two cadaver-sniffing dogs may have recently located human remains near the area where Maura Murray first went missing. Her father hopes it will help bring his daughter home.

"The odds are that I think it is my daughter but it is somebody's," dad Fred Murray said.

Fred Murray says his daughter may be buried in a basement in New Hampshire's North Country.

In December, two separate cadaver dogs alerted private investigators to the same location inside the house, which is near the area where Maura Murray first went missing.

Feb. 9, 2004, the UMass student crashed her car on Route 112 in Haverhill. People passing by called 911. But when police arrived, the 21-year-old had vanished.

The dogs were only recently allowed inside the property after it was sold to new owners. The Murray family is now hoping it's enough probable cause for investigators to break through the concrete floor.

"I want to dig her up out of a hole in some dirtbag's cellar," Fred Murray said.

Police have extensively searched in and around the crash site since Maura Murray's disappearance but those searches turned up empty.

Friday, New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin told WCAX News that investigators are aware of the new developments in the case. Strelzin said, "We are aware of the allegations and are considering our next steps... " He went on to say, "That area has been searched with dogs in the past and nothing was discovered."

But Maura Murray's dad believes that could change, finally bringing closure to the mystery surrounding his missing daughter.

"Whoever is there, there's a human body, a dead body, a dead person there," Fred Murray said.

The Murray family is planning a vigil Saturday night. They also ask anyone, anywhere to light a candle for Maura Murray, keeping her memory alive with the ultimate goal of cracking this cold case.