On Feb. 9th 2004 at approximately 7:50 pm the Mysterious Rag was found in the tailpipe of a Black 1996 Saturn SL2 which was found abandoned on Rte 112 Wild Ammonoosuc rd. very close to the Weathered Barn at #69. The Saturn was just East of the sharp corner and on the straight section of road before the Bath town line and the area I refer to as “The Great Unknown”
Officer Smith goes to the Westman’s house to ask about the female and in doing so states to the them “Did you see the female from the accident, there was a RAG STUFFED INTO THE TAILPIPE”
Lavoie’s Towing shows up on scene to remove the Saturn from its disabled location on the main road. The vehicle is on the pavement, not in the ditch, headed west in the eastbound lane parallel with the 1 1/2 to 2 foot snowbanks.
While Lavoie’s is on scene Dick Mckean of Northland Autobody & Towing shows up in his personal vehicle questioning Officer Smith as well as Mike Lavoie about WHY Northland was not called as this was his week of rotation and was to be called for any accidents. The end result was one pissed off tow truck driver who lost money that evening for a tow that should have been his.
Mike Lavoie loads the Saturn onto the flatbed roll-off, secures the vehicle and leaves the scene @ 8:50. THE RAG IS IN THE TAILPIPE, NOT COVERED AND PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS.
I met with Fred Murray on Sat. Dec. 12th 2015 and we discussed the Saturn and the rag. Fred stated the rag that was in the tailpipe was indeed from the trunk, part of a tool kit He had made up for the car. It was a white hospital towel that had been torn in half as he described it. Fred did tell Maura at one time that maybe putting a rag in the tailpipe might help to stop it from smoking but to his knowledge She had never done it. I personally don’t see her putting it in there in Amherst and making it all the way to NH, that is just not a viable theory. So WHY on earth would she EVER put it there at the scene after the car had already spun out. SHE WOULD NOT….!
The Saturn is transported to Rte 10 in Haverhill and brought to Mike’s personal garage where he keeps his own car, not to the Auto Repair shop. THIS IS ODD…!
From Fred: 12/15/15 ref. Mike Lavoies house “it is further up the road on the high plateau in Haverill center where the old houses are……..it’s in back off the road near the fire station”
Fred Murray is finally brought to the car on Friday the 13th and finds the car inside Mike’s personal garage, the car is UNLOCKED……!!!!!!
Fred looks over the car and then retrieves the hidden spare key and goes to start the car. He is then instructed that the rag is in the tailpipe and it would need to be removed, Fred steps to the back of the car to see the rag still stuffed in the pipe, Fred pulls the rag from the pipe and gives it to LE. Fred then starts the car right up, it is running rough but stays running. So…the car was driveable from the WBC scene as well, more than likely.
Fred then is allowed to look through things in the car and nothing is documented at this point by LE. The car is then put back in the garage.
From Fred 12/15/15 ref. car contents. “the big west point duffle bag was in the back seat……the police had emptied it and photographed the contents but the contents were still there.”
SO MY BIG QUESTIONS…….
WHY was Lavoie’s called for the tow instead of Northland.?
WHY did Officer Smith tell the Westman’s about the rag in the tailpipe.?
WHY was the Saturn placed in Lavoie’s personal garage rather than the Auto Repair shop.?
WHY was the rag still in the tailpipe….not put into evidence.?
WHY was the rag not protected from the elements when it was found in the tailpipe, at this point THAT IS EVIDENCE IN THE CASE.?
WHY was the car unlocked when LE said it was locked and they had not entered it yet.?
WHY was Fred instructed to remove the rag.?
WHAT ever happened to the rag….was it ever tested for anything.?
WHEN were the items removed from the Saturn and put into evidence.?
ALL WE WANT OUR SOME REAL TRUTHFUL ANSWERS ABOUT THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE NIGHT OF FEB. 9TH 2004. JUST TO CLEAR THINGS UP AND DISPOSE OF SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN RIDING ON THE BACK OF THIS CASE FOR ALMOST 12 YEARS.
ANYBODY WANT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE………ANYONE…?