New Hampshire State House Representative Requests Historical Marker Recognizing the Disappearance of Maura Murray
Concord, N.H. - Today, N.H. State House Representative Debra DeSimone submitted an official request to the N.H. Division of Historical Resources (DHR) to erect a N.H. State Highway Historical Marker recognizing the Disappearance of Maura Murray at the location she was last seen on Rt. 112, Haverhill, N.H. in 2004.
“The disappearance of Maura Murray is a historical event in New Hampshire and unequivocally meets the criteria for a marker set forth by law,” said Rep. DeSimone, a 35 year resident of Atkinson, N.H. “I strongly urge Mr. Ben Wilson, DHR Director, to swiftly recognize the historical significance of Maura’s disappearance with the approval and installation of a Historical Marker.”
According to the DHR website, any individual may propose a marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons, or events by submitting a request along with a petition signed by 20 N.H. residents. The petition requesting a marker for Maura Murray has been signed by 780 N.H. residents.
"Thousands of residents and visitors travel to where Maura was last seen on Rt. 112 every year as her disappearance has become one of the most high-profile unsolved mysteries in the world,” said Julie Murray, Maura's sister. "We are proud to support Rep. DeSimone and the 3,367 petitioners requesting a historical marker be erected where Maura was last seen before disappearing without a trace.”
The request includes draft marker text voted on by 724 supporters, letters of support from the Murray Family and Dr. Robert McDonald [Professor of History, USMA], pen/ink and online petitions with 3,367 signatures from 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and forty-two different countries.
The Murray family, in partnership with N.H. residents, launched Maura’s #BlueRibbon Campaign in July 2020 to support the historical marker request. Individuals can learn more about the campaign at www.mauramurraymissing.org/blueribbon.