The New Hampshire State Police have announced that the bone fragments found on Loon Mountain are not those of Maura Murray.
“Based on the results of the investigation and the testing, the bone fragments do not appear to be related to any open missing person case or recent criminal activity. Instead, the bones are likely historical in nature,” police said on Wednesday.
Based on radiocarbon dating the fragments are likely from someone who died between 1774 and 1942.
“My heart is heavy upon learning that these remains do not belong to my little sister,” Murray’s sister Julie said in a statement Wednesday.
The investigation into Maura Murray’s disappearance remains open.
Maura Murray’s Disappearance
21 year old Maura Murray disappeared from the Haverhill area of New Hampshire on February 9, 2004.
On the afternoon of February 9, 2004, Murray emailed her professors saying she was taking a week off of school due to a death in the family. According to her family there had not been a death.
She then packed up her car and left the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus where she was enrolled a nursing student.
That night she crashed her car on Route 112 near Woodsville, New Hampshire, a village in the town of Haverhill.
A passerby who lived in the area stopped at the scene and asked the woman driving if she needed assistance. The woman declined, saying she had already called for roadside assistance. When the passerby arrived home they called emergency services.
At 7:46 pm law enforcement arrived at the scene, but the Maura was nowhere to be found.
Maura Murray never returned home, and has not been heard from since.
Inside Murray’s car police found most of her belongings, including an open bottle of alcohol, a stuffed monkey her boyfriend gave her, and clothing in a suitcase in the back of her car.
Her credit cards and cellphone, which were missing from the vehicle, have had no activity since she disappeared.
Authorities found no indications of a struggle or foul play at the scene. There were no footprints in the snow around her car, and searches in the area for clues turned up nothing. A tracker dog lost her scent within a hundred feet of the accident scene.
Over the years Murray’s disappearance has generated multiple theories, from abduction to voluntary disappearance. The circumstances regarding her disappearance remain unclear.