Maura Murray emailed professors that she’d be missing class for a week due to a death in the family in 2004 and was never heard from again.
Murray was just 21 years old when she disappeared in 2004. She was a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and emailed her professors that she would be missing the next week of classes due to a death in the family. There had been no such death in the Murray family.
The last time she was seen was on the side of the road after her car had allegedly skidded off. A bus driver told police that he had offered to call for help, but he said she replied that she had already called for roadside assistance.
The bus driver got home, still felt like something was off, and called the police anyway. By the time that authorities arrived, Murray was gone.
An Oxygen series about her disappearance brought the case back into the limelight, and theories abound as to how and why she disappeared, from intentionally disappearing to getting lost in the woods to encountering a dangerous animal.