I’m devoting the next few weeks to filling in some holes in my reporting as I work on another draft of the book.
Today, I spoke with Linda Salamone, who owns a condo in the Seasons Resort community of North Conway. Maura called her to check on availability of her rental the day she went missing.
Here’s the thing. Her condo is quite large. Two bedrooms. Big living area. It’s not meant for one person. She cannot recall ever renting it for just one person. Usually, she rents it to families. This, again, lends itself to my developing theory that Maura was traveling in tandem with one or more people the night she disappeared.
Of course, she couldn’t rent to Maura that day because her property doesn’t really work like a hotel. Linda would have needed to mail Maura a key and a contract, first.
She has since learned that Fred and Maura used to stay together at the Seasons Resort, though never in her unit.
When Salamone was contacted by police, many months later, the detective told her that the reason she hadn’t heard from them before was because the case “had taken a turn” and they didn’t believe they needed the information she might have. The investigation, he said, was “going in another direction.”