Over the past year, despite the pandemic, our family has continued to move forward searching for Maura and we'd like to update everyone on recent developments to include an exciting new partnership.
Our family is consulting with Dr. Maurice Godwin, PhD, a renowned forensic profiler specializing in investigative psychology, crime scene analysis, missing persons, and geographic profiling of abductors and serial murders. He is an expert in his field; has appeared on national TV and news segments, authored several books, and runs his own forensic consultancy group out of North Carolina.
Dr. Godwin met with my father last month in New Hampshire to review the area on Route 112 where Maura’s car was found. They spent a couple days visiting areas of interest and discussing details of her disappearance. Dr. Godwin is a true professional and we are grateful to have someone of his caliber on the case. Some of you may be familiar with his work on the DC sniper and Tara Grindstead case. He prides himself on finding evidence that others have missed, something that we so desperately need. Thank you Dr. Godwin!
Over the past few years our family has obtained several samples from multiple areas of interest for testing. With mixed emotions we can report that the majority of the samples were either too degraded to provide definitive results or could not be connected to Maura at this time. Two of the samples were sent to labs in California and Florida for headspace analysis and an advanced technique called LIBS (laser induced breakdown spectroscopy). We are hopeful those tests will produce some results. For a grieving family desperate for answers this was disappointing; however, after some reflection we realized we can now shift focus elsewhere.
Additionally, during the spring we worked with an independent cadaver dog, who searched an area of interest from a tip provided by a local. The cadaver dog did not alert at this location. Nonetheless, the search continues and we remain hopeful.
A note on the trolling: We are aware of the trolling surrounding Maura’s case. We believe it is the work of a sadistic coward who has been trolling the case for a very long time. His behavior calls into question the sourcing behind much of the information reported as fact in Maura’s case. We are actively working with the authorities to put an end to this cruelty. Julie speaks to Amanda Knox about this topic, specifically Ethics in True Crime Journalism, in Season 2 of her podcast Labyrinths, and we will post the episode on the media page on the official website once it is released.
7/8/2021 12:14:29 pm
Thanks so much for this update Julie! I’m so glad to know that you have someone like Dr. Godwin to help now. Hopefully his expertise will bring the long awaited answers needed to advance this case and find Maura. Hugs to all of you! ❤️
7/8/2021 01:41:08 pm
I'm so hopeful the Murray family will find answers. Maura was such a beautiful, talented young lady. This family has suffered long enough, and they deserve peace.
7/8/2021 01:49:02 pm
Thanks for the update, Julie. Dr. Godwin is an unbelievable get for this case and I pray you finally get the answers you and your family deserve!
Wonderful reading this amazing news !!! And Yes ! Thank you Dr. Godwin . This is the season !!! Labs- sad very sad but in typical Murray Family fashion ... reflection shift focus .. yes that’s the Murray’s !! Cadaver dog - search continues 💙Remain hopeful 💙
Julie Rushworth Rushworth
7/8/2021 02:54:42 pm
I am glad you have a renowned Dr on your case now, my thoughts are with you as a grieving family, I really hope you get answers asap. Love and support Jools
7/8/2021 04:38:10 pm
Always have HOPE for answers Thank you Julie for update i have been following since beginning prayers answers come soon blessings to family
7/8/2021 05:21:40 pm
I miss seeing Fred at FH. I think of you and your family often, moreso since I lost my son. I’m praying for closure in this case. I’m so sad you’re still searching for answers. 💔
7/8/2021 05:31:03 pm
I believe the troll that will be outed is going to be a Reddit User by the name of Fulk. I won’t use his real name here. Don’t get me wrong as I’m fine
7/8/2021 10:22:49 pm
We can only hope and pray that answers will come soon. I would like to speak with Dr Godwin.
7/9/2021 12:32:10 am
Having Dr. Godwin on the case is certainly good news! I think Maura would be so proud to have such a loving family, still working for the truth to be revealed, and justice for her. I pray for the entire Murray family and believe that there will be answers to the questions, and people brought to justice in the end.
Gary (in England)
7/9/2021 01:13:53 am
Not knowing, is the worst of all worlds to be in. One way or the other allows at least a small measure of searching and closure. Gods love and Gods speed on this awful journey.
7/9/2021 05:04:09 am
Fred coached my son in youth sports. I can’t even imagine what your family has gone through and is going through all these years. I have been praying for your family to find the answers. My heart goes out to you!
7/9/2021 12:20:06 pm
Dr. Godwin is a Forensic HERO! I’m so happy he is on this, the relief must be unreal! I’m seriously so hopeful right now, of the best there are in the field, he is easily top notch! YAY! P.S. LOVE the photo you chose of Maura!
DIANE EDWARDS ANGER
7/18/2021 08:28:06 am
Julie, so glad that you have teamed up with Dr. Godwin. He is quite capable.
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.