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Behind a New Investigation of a Mass. College Student’s Mysterious 2004 Disappearance

Investigative journalist Maggie Freleng, an ardent true crime fan, has found herself in the middle of a true crime story of her own — gripped by a simple, seemingly unanswerable question: What happened to Maura Murray?

Murray, like Freleng, attended the University of Massachusetts, though years apart. Murray disappeared without a trace while she was still a student, when she packed up her things at the Amherst campus and drove north to New Hampshire.

Much remains unclear about what happened after Murray left school, though it appears she vanished near a snowbank in New Hampshire where her car crashed on Feb. 9, 2004.

In the intervening years, the mystery of her going missing has spread throughout the Internet, inspiring intense rumor and conspiracy, as well as fact-based reporting from reporters.

Freleng, one such example of the latter, spent months in the area digging into the case and the theories around it. (She first

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/maura-murray-disappearance-tv-show-preview/

Shafilea Ahmed’s parents lied about not being involved in her disappearance and death. But this is the moment their …

Shafilea Ahmed’s parents made very public declarations that they had nothing to do with the disappearance and death of their 17-year-old daughter.

But this clip shows the moment a body language expert claims the mask slipped..

As they were repeatedly asked about the disappearance of Shafilea Ahmed , Iftikhar and Farzana wiped away tears and resolutely told television cameras they were being victimised and stereotyped because of their religion, the Mirror reports .

Iftikhar Ahmed replies ‘never’

And asked again during a television interview, if they had killed their teenage daughter, Iftikhar replied with an emphatic ‘never’ as his wife sat there silent, presumably overcome by the grief of losing her eldest child.

But there was one problem. As he protested their innocence on camera there was something Iftikhar could not

Read more at: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/shafilea-ahmeds-parents-lied-not-13548411

Drew Peterson case back on TV ahead of 10th anniversary of wife’s disappearance

Convicted murderer Drew Peterson will be the subject of at least two TV specials this month that are timed to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the fourth wife of the former Bolingbrook police sergeant.

Oxygen Media announced this week that “Snapped Notorious: Drew Peterson,” an “eye-opening” two-hour special, will premiere 8 p.m. Aug. 25. Investigation Discovery, meanwhile, promises its Aug. 27 special, “Drew Peterson: An American Murder Mystery,” will unravel the “twisted web of lies, corruption and violence behind one of the most fascinating missing persons’ cases in recent history.”

Drew Peterson, now 63, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose death was re-examined after Stacy Peterson disappeared in October 2007. Authorities said Drew Peterson is a suspect in that case.

Last year, he was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chicagoinc/ct-drew-peterson-tv-specials-20170816-story.html

Vanished Without a Trace revisits disappearance of Tara Grinstead …

Tara Grinstead smiling in family photo

Tara Grinstead went missing in 2005, Vanished Without a Trace investigates the case

This week Vanished Without a Trace investigates the case of 30-year-old teacher Tara Grinstead, who went missing after a day with helping out at a beauty pageant.

October 23 2005 in Ocilla, Georgia, and former-beauty queen Tara Grinstead attends a local pageant where she is coaching contestants and then heads to a barbecue.

The next day she fails to show up for work and her co-workers phone the police who head to her house. There they find her unlocked car outside but her purse and keys are missing.

Right away the cops get a bad feeling and get the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in on the case.

However, no sign of a struggle is found and the case soon goes pretty much cold.

The case was highlighted by a CBS News

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/vanished-without-a-trace-revisits-disappearance-of-tara-grinstead-with-suspect-now-arrested/

Documentary Covers 1971 Disappearance – Yankton Press & Dakotan

Rita Allen knows that there’s nothing she can do to bring her sister, Cheryl Miller, back into her life.

She can, however, tell her story. That’s what compelled her to participate in a documentary entitled “Gone” that will air at 8 p.m. Monday, July 31, on the Investigation Discovery channel.

“Teenagers Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson go out to enjoy the first day of summer break in the small town of Vermillion, South Dakota and vanish,” reads the description of this episode on the Investigation Discovery website. “Although rumors spread for years, the families never gave up

Read more at: http://www.yankton.net/community/article_706978e0-7410-11e7-88d7-27673e98a80f.html

Documentary Covers 1971 Disappearance

Rita Allen knows that there’s nothing she can do to bring her sister, Cheryl Miller, back into her life.

She can, however, tell her story. That’s what compelled her to participate in a documentary entitled “Gone” that will air at 8 p.m. Monday, July 31, on the Investigation Discovery channel.

“Teenagers Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson go out to enjoy the first day of summer break in the small town of Vermillion, South Dakota and vanish,” reads the description of this episode on the Investigation Discovery website. “Although rumors spread for years, the families never gave up

Read more at: http://www.yankton.net/community/article_706978e0-7410-11e7-88d7-27673e98a80f.html

Bad Blood spotlights the disappearance and murder of free spirit Hope Meek

Jerry Meek mugshot

Hope Meek was murdered by her husband Jerry Meek (pictured) in 2002

This week Bad Blood looks at the disappearance and murder of outgoing 25 year-old Oklahoma woman Hope Meek.

Valiant, Oklahoma, on February 21 2002 and Hope goes missing from her home with her young children, cell phone, glasses, credit cards and her truck. Her husband Jerry Dale Meek was the last person to see her alive and her family were suspicious of him.

However, the police investigation soon ran out of leads and the case eventually went cold.

It would be ten years before her husband was arrested in August 2012 and charged with her murder. Jerry Meek, 39, was taken into custody by agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and held at McCurtain County Jail. Investigators thought they finally had enough circumstantial evidence to convince a jury and to get

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/bad-blood-spotlights-the-disappearance-and-murder-of-free-spirit-hope-meek/

Vanished in Seattle spotlights the disappearance of up-and-coming rock star Brian Barton

Brian Barton

Brian Barton had everything going for him, or so it seemed until he vanished

Vanished in Seattle looks at the case of rising rock star Brian Barton, who vanished just before he was due to embark on a tour with his band.

Brian Barton was up and coming musician in the punk rock band as Fate Would Have It, when just before his first big tour was due to take place he vanished.

Brian was in love and his band were on their way up and possibly headed for the big time.

Then in 2005 the 25-year-old simply disappeared, leaving friends and fellow band mates equally baffled and suspicious of each other.

John Krebs was barton’s best buddy told the Huff Post that he thought Barton’s girlfriend Breanna Duvall knew something about his disappearance, but others are not so sure.

The founder of the band Barton played

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/vanished-in-seattle-spotlights-the-disappearance-of-rock-star-brian-barton/

Kayla Berg disappearance to air Sunday on Investigation Discovery

ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAW) — Investigation Discovery will air an episode Sunday night at 8 p.m. highlighting the case of a missing Antigo teen.

Kayla Berg was reported missing in August 2009.

Kayla’s mother, Hope Sprenger said she wasn’t sure how her daughter’s story was selected, but did say she had written into the show a few years ago.

Berg’s case was also featured on CNN’s Find Our Children segment in 2010.

Berg is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches (at time of disappearance), 108 pounds (at time of disappearance), brown hair and brown eyes. Kayla’s ears and navel are pierced. She also has scars on the right side of her nose and on her right shin. Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to call 715-627-6411.

Investigation Discovery is channel 61/640 on Charter; 285 on DirectTV; and 192 on DISH.

Read more at: http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Kayla-Berg-disappearance-to-air-Sunday-on-Investigation-Discovery-425936454.html

AROUND THE TOWN: Franks’ disappearance featured on ID Channel

A former Cumberland Countian who attended Cumberland County High School is the subject of a new Investigation Discovery Channel show. Eric Franks’ story is featured on season eight of “Disappeared.” The premiere of episode nine, which is devoted entirely to Franks, premiered over the Memorial Day weekend.

Franks, with whom I attended church in the ’80s when his late father, Jim, was the minister, has been missing since March 2011 from Saginaw, MI. His mother, Jo Ann Adams Franks, is now living in Archbold, OH. She and her daughter, Beth, Eric’s sister, have been tirelessly searching for Eric since he went missing in Michigan six years ago. Jo Ann appears throughout the segment.

Eric Franks had journeyed to Michigan in late 2010 after learning from a former girlfriend he had a 15-year-old daughter. He stayed in the Miller Motel for more than five months. He checked out on March

Read more at: http://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/lifestyles/around-the-town-franks-disappearance-featured-on-id-channel/article_cb61aa54-4703-11e7-a7da-f33c8ae17ad2.html