CONCORD, NH (CBS / AP) – The family of Maura Murray are eagerly awaiting news from New Hampshire State Police regarding fragments of human bones recently found on Loon Mountain.
Murray, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been missing for over 17 years.
In 2004, she packed her car, lied to teachers about a family death, and left campus. That night, on a rural road in northern New Hampshire, the 21-year-old crashed her car.
Then she disappeared. Investigators say there hasn’t been a single credible sighting of her in minutes after her car crashed into trees and a snow bank along Highway 112 in North Haverhill just before 7:30 p.m. on February 9. 2004.
New Hampshire State Police announced Monday that fragments of human bones had been found in the Loon Mountain area of Lincoln, New Hampshire, about 25 miles from North Haverhill along Highway 112.
“A search of the area has been carried out, an investigation is underway and diagnostic tests are pending to determine the age and possible sex of the bone fragments,” police said in a statement.
Murray’s sister Julie said she had known about the find for just over a week, adding that the bones were found at a construction site “on Loon Mountain”.
“My family has been through these kinds of situations before, but this one is a little different due to the proximity to where Maura’s car was found,” Julie Murray told WBZ-TV on Tuesday.
According to her sister, Maura had been to Loon before and was familiar with the area. Julie Murray also said some people were interviewed by officers at the start of the investigation.
The bone fragments that were found are “quite small,” Murray said, and because investigators have little to work with, their identification could take anywhere from two to several months.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s really, really hard, ”she told WBZ.
“We haven’t uncovered any physical evidence regarding my sister’s case, so it could be very important. I just want the investigation to go smoothly so that if it’s really Maura, those responsible can be brought to justice, ”Julie said.
“I hope that’s it, but it’s not going to destroy us if it doesn’t. We’re just going to keep looking.
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