Author’s note: This article was originally published on December 12, 2014. I am reposting now because I think it directly relates to new info that came in over the weekend. More to come. UPDATE: After a phone conversation, background check, etc. I am still unable to verify that the person who contacted me with this information is actually the person whose identity they are using.
About an hour before Maura Murray vanished, she stopped in at Butson’s Supermarket in Woodsville (now a Shaw’s), with two other women, according to the woman who ran up her purchase.
“I was a cashier,” she says. “That day, I was running late on getting out on time. It was probably 5:45-6 p.m. when I was supposed to have gone off register. My last customers were three attractive ladies. They had picked up some alcoholic drinks, as I recall the blue wine coolers cus that’s what I drank. They also picked up smokes. I ID’ed the three of them, and they were all 21-23. My supervisor was helping me to bag up their order.”
I hear your skepticism. I was skeptical, too. But her story held up the closer I looked. Here’s why:
1. She isn’t just remembering this, now. She reported this as soon as she heard Maura went missing because she believed it was her. But she didn’t report to police. She reported to her supervisor. The supervisor then told a random cop, who more than likely never filed the report. She has provided the name of the supervisor for verification.
2. She describes the young women who were with Maura in enough detail that she, without prior knowledge, described the person I believe was with Maura that night.
3. She told a member of the Murray family early on. She thought they could verify it by checking the cameras inside Buston’s. Fred checked on it, himself.
4. Again, we have Maura purchasing alcohol with friends. This is well-established pattern. And the drinks she purchased are the exact kind of beverages Maura and Kate Markopoulos were drinking that weekend.
When asked for more details, she goes on to say:
“The actions of the three…nothing stands out now. Just one that I say was maura kept nervously looking behind her. The other two just seemed normal shoppers that weren’t upset I ided them. At time, I wasn’t much older than them. I’m 37 now.”
In a follow-up, the cashier said that the women used out-of-state licenses:
“They were all out of state. Two were Mass, the third CT or NY. This is why I reported the sighting to the store manager.”