On the evening of February 9, 2004, my sister Maura disappeared after her car crashed on Rt. 112 in Haverhill, NH. For sixteen years, a blue ribbon has been placed around a tree near the location Maura was last seen before she vanished without a trace. With no grave to visit or ashes to scatter, Maura’s blue ribbon serves as a symbol to remember and honor her.
In June 2020, the New Hampshire State House passed a bill, HB1255, that would have compelled the state to tear down Maura’s blue ribbon. My family reached out to key leaders in the New Hampshire State Senate to voice our strong opposition to the bill. Ultimately the measure was defeated, ensuring that Maura’s ribbon, and other roadside memorials across the state, remain temporarily protected.
I’ve recently been contacted by the local landowners and informed of their plan to cut down the tree with Maura’s blue ribbon. My family is in discussion with the landowners in hopes of striking a deal that will allow us to protect the blue ribbon. However, what these recent events have made clear is that we must be pro-active to preserve the sacred place that my family and thousands of people visit each and every year.
In order to formally recognize and protect this location for the foreseeable future, we are in the process of applying for a New Hampshire Historical Marker to memorialize Maura near the place she was last seen alive and we need your help.
Please join Maura's #BlueRibbon Campaign by visiting www.mauramurraymissing.org/blueribbon to sign our petition and complete a survey to help determine the write-up language for Maura's historical marker application. We ask that you share the campaign website with your family and friends to help preserve the only sacred place our family and dedicated community have to remember and honor Maura.