AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Two weeks ago today, three women from Ohio , who'd been missing for almost a decade, were found alive.
22News I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson looked into "missing persons" cases here in western Massachusetts and found the unusual case in Cleveland has given families some hope.
According to the National Missing Persons Database , there are about 70 people considered missing in Massachusetts. About a dozen of them are here in western Massachusetts.
To name a few, Belchertown's Mickey Brougham disappeared in 2010, West Springfield's Leon Corriveau disappeared back in 1986, and Maura Murray, a 21-year-old UMass Amherst student, disappeared 9 years ago.
"Maura's unsinkable no matter what. Bright side, never let you down," said Fred Murray.
Maura's family and father Fred Murray in particular don't speak about her in the past tense, because they're still not convinced she's gone forever.
Murray, a nursing student at Umass Amherst, packed a bag, e-mailed her teachers she'd be out of class for a week and took off in her car in February of 2004. She didn't tell anyone where she was going.
A search on her computer revealed she'd been looking up rental properties in Vermont where her family vacationed, but they don't think she made it. She ended up crashing her car along a road in Haverhill, New Hampshire. By the time police got there she was gone. Fred thinks someone took her.
"It's highly possible for some guy to just keep her prisoner there indefinitely," Murray said.
Two weeks ago, three women in Ohio were found after they'd been missing for 10 years. Murray admits the case gives his family hope.
"I mean that is a real long shot, the people in the woman's family never expected that, but something dropped from heaven for them. It was a little renewal, a little flicker but you'll take anything, believe me."
Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben couldn't talk about Maura's case specifically because it happened in New Hampshire, but he did say there are only so many resources you can put into a missing adult case.
"With children and minors, there is clearly a lot more activity associated with that. With adults, there would be an investigation but then you question, did they leave voluntarily at their own will," Col. Alben asked.
Murray says he knows in his gut she didn't intend to leave UMass that day to never return. He only hopes there's a reunion with his youngest daughter before his final day.
"She was my buddy, ya know? My buddy is gone you know and I resent it."
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