In August, Julie Murray released some new information just before the finding of the remains in New Hampshire that I think kind of got lost in all the reporting – and it may be important, in light of what I learned at CrimeCon UK.
According to Julie, she recently met with New Hampshire police, who showed her redacted AOL instant messages between Maura Murray and a young man. Here’s how Julie addressed it:
This person and Maura were West Point classmates and became friends, keeping in contact when she transferred to UMass. This individual was also perhaps the last person to communicate with Maura before she disappeared (although LE did not confirm).
Julie was able to contact this person, who could not recall the context of the conversations after so many years.
Skip forward to CrimeCon, which took place in London a couple weeks ago, where I learned of an unpublished interview conducted between The Captain of the True Crime Garage podcast and Bill Rausch, where Rausch mentions being questioned by police about a man communicating with Maura via AOL when he got to New Hampshire after Maura disappeared. But he claimed to not know much more about that.
Murray family advocate Erinn Larkin has told people that among Maura’s things she discovered a piece of writing that contained the credit card number and birthdate of a man Maura was communicating with online, presumably the same man Julie spoke with earlier this year. Larkin was planning to “befriend” this man in an effort to “get him talking” or something, according to a source she spoke with. It’s unclear if the police were made aware of the credit card info.