Please watch this 10 minute press conference from April 3rd 2019
Listen carefully to the very wisely chosen words of Strelzin during the conference. Also take note of the body language of FBI Detective Phil Christiano, it looked like he was going to say something and then Strelzin started speaking and Col. Wagner gave the Christiano the nod.
There was a small presence of NHSP and the FBI at the 92 Wild Ammonoosuc location on April 1st and 2cd. Locals reported that there was a black work trailer parked there as well as a van. It is my thought that the actual major excavation was done on April 2cd and the April 3rd event was nothing more than a Dog and Pony Show for the media frenzy. Who notified all the media, this was supposed to be a secret according to sources.
So they let all this media, the Murray family and the team as well as bystanders stay at the scene for about 3 or 4 hours before they instructed everyone they would have to leave the scene, this was at about 11:30 or 12:00, go to the Courthouse where the press conference would be held at 3 pm and stage there. No questions asked.
So why did they let everyone stay there for so long and then the immediately take action to clear the scene.
From what I can see this was the plan all along, something that had been in the works since the information was given to the NHSP and the FBI on Dec 7th 2018.
According to the statement by Strelzin during the press conference it was indicated that they were sure that back in Dec. 2018 there was no credible evidence in the cellar, there was no evidence connected to this case and certainly no human remains and there was NO probable cause to do the search.
So……. after reviewing the evidence submitted by the team which included the 2 cadaver dog videos and handler reports as well as the complete and precise GPR Scan report done by a certified Forensic Anthropologist Strelzin was sure without a doubt that the scene would reveal nothing in relation to the Maura Murray case.
Time for a bit of background on the dogs acquired by the Murray team and used on Nov 25th 2018 and Dec. 1st 2018
The first dog used on Nov. 25th 2018 was the same one used in the Oxygen doc, The Disappearance of Maura Murray, a worldwide televised program. Deb Ash and her dog Eisen were featured in episode 5 of the documentary with Maggie Freleng and former Federal Marshall Art Roderick.
After handler Deb Ash and her cadaver dog Eisen had recovered the human remains hidden by Art and Maggie in the woods 1/4 mile away Art Roderick states…..
“Wow”…..”And in just a matter of 5 or 6 minutes”
Deb Ash is President and Training Officer @ Canine Alert Search Teams. The company trains Police and Fire dogs for search and rescue of cadaver remains.
^ ^ ^ ^ Start the above video at about 20 minutes to get to the Cadaver dog part. ^ ^ ^ ^
The second dog that was brought in on Dec 1st 2018 was certified, accredited and highly qualified in the search for human remains.
Deb Ash and the 2cd handler (wishes to remain anonymous at this point) are also both members of International Police Working Dogs Assoc. https://www.ipwda.org/ and Search Dogs Northeast.
The NHSP and NH Fish and Game have the following credentials as far as search and rescue and cadaver recovery.
“The criminal justice system requires all Law Enforcement canines to be highly trained and certified in their respective fields of expertise. Law Enforcement canines must also be highly trained and certified to be able to hold weight in a criminal trial. Conservation Officers and their canines are certified through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Their certifications include tracking, evidence detection, agility and obedience and fish & wildlife detection. Training is very intensive and conducted on regular basis to maintain an extremely high level of proficiency and reliability.”
The K-9 Unit has been part of the State Police since 1963. The teams, comprised of a specially trained trooper and dog, are geographically assigned to all troops within the state. The patrol dog teams are also cross-trained for drug detection, cadaver detection, and explosives detection. All teams are trained and certified to New England State Police Administrators Compact (NESPAC) standards, as well as the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) standards.
“If the dog has the proper training in picking up the full range of scents of human decomposition, his accuracy rate is about 95 percent, said Sharon Ward, a cadaver dog trainer in Portland, Ore.
“So if a dog says it’s there, there’s a darn good chance it is,” she said tonight. “They’re pretty darn accurate.”
“How old can the skeletal remains be? Hundreds of years, said Cat Warren, a cadaver dog expert from North Carolina who published a book, “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.”
But she and Ward both warned that the dogs are like people. They do make mistakes sometimes.
“The dogs are not magic,” Warren said. “It depends on their training.”
The certified and accredited Forensic Anthropologist and GPR scan technician was also discredited by the NHSP after they viewed the scan and read the analysis. I should add this is a world renowned company and admired Scientist of Anthropology.
NH AG Jeffrey Strelzin stated at the April 3rd press conference that ‘There was indeed NO anomaly, it was just a disturbance in the soil’……He also stated that…’The scan analysis never said there was an anomaly, just a disturbance’. That is untrue…..the documents we have prove different. Did You actually read the report Jeff Strelzin, one would think not..!
This is the analysis from the Forensic Anthropologist acquired by the team. This is from an expert in his field and a World renowned comapny in the Ground penetrating radar field.
5.0 GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
The author surveyed accessible basement areas and covered 40m2 (454ft2) with 83 GPR profiles. This
included (56) 900MHz profiles and (27) 350MHz profiles. GPR Profile locations (Figure 1) maximized the
coverage of the concrete slab. The GPR data revealed a relatively complex but seemingly stratified
subsurface environment. The general stratigraphic profile is interpreted as a basement material of glacial
till and/or bedrock, capped by at least two distinct soil strata which are in turn overlain by likely fill material/
surface preparation for the concrete slab (Figures 2 and 3). This stratigraphic profile is consistent across the
basement, with some variability in the depth and thickness of the till/bedrock and soil strata, as well as the
likely fill/surface preparation material.
Anomalous targets and anomalous stratigraphic indicators were not common. This could be due to the
complex nature of the sub-slab materials, as anthropogenic disturbances are often masked by
inconsistencies in naturally-deposited units. More likely is that the basement was excavated to a specific
depth and saw few major subsurface impacts prior to pouring of the slab. One likely sub-slab utility line
was observed in the vicinity of the oil tank (Figure 1; Figure 3); this could be the oil feeder line mentioned
by the tradesman (see above).
A potential sub-slab disturbance area was observed near the oil tank and electrical panels (Figure 1; Plate
3). This possible disturbance appeared near the end of GPR profiles P12, P13, P14, and at the beginning of
Profiles 008, 009, 010, and 011 (Figure 1). The reader is directed to Figures 2 and 3 for GPR profiles and
interpretations across the anomaly. The anomalous area appears beneath the slab and fill/surface preparation
material, is approximately 1.0 meter wide (3.2ft), and ranges in maximum depth between 75cm and 150cm
(2.5ft to 5ft). No GPR profiles were collected under the oil tank, so it is not clear if the anomalous area
extends in that direction. This area would be logical choice for future excavation efforts or minimal-impact
Analysis and interpretation of the Wild Ammonoosuc Road GPR dataset revealed one subsurface area with
signs of a potential vertical disturbance. This anomalous area is situated near the oil tank and electrical
panels (Figure 1), and is roughly 1.0 meter wide (3.2ft) and between 75 and 150cm deep (2.5ft to 5ft). This
area would be a logical focal point for future excavations.
As ground-penetrating radar is a remote sensing technology, the interpretations herein are based on the
authors’ experience. It is critical that the potential disturbance is ‘ground-truthed’/ visually verified through
excavation, coring, or other sampling methods. This would improve the interpretation of GPR profiles,
verify or refute the presence of the disturbance, and possibly determine the source of the Anomaly.”
So……Jeff Strelzin says that they brought in 2 cadaver dogs to the location on Feb 20th 2019 and did not get any hits for human remains.
The Murray team brought in 2 cadaver dogs on 2 separate occasions a week apart, Nov 25th 2018 and Dec 1st 2018 and got 2 positive hits for human remains.
So……Is there a 5% chance that the dogs acquired by the team were wrong….Sure there is..!
But…..Is there also a 5% chance that the dogs used by the NHSP on Feb 20th 2019 were wrong….Sure there is….!
We of course do not know the actual results of the NHSP dog searches on Feb 20th 2019, we are going by what has been stated by LE.
Did the NHSP video the 2 cadaver dog searches on Feb 20th 2019 at the 92 Wild Ammonoosuc rd property..?
We also do not know to what extent the cellar and area of the anomaly was excavated. How close to the field stone foundation wall was looked at scientifically and forensically.?
The NHSP was supplied with the teams cadaver dog searches as well as the GPR scan analysis on Dec 7th 2018. Within a week of receiving this information and evidence the NHSP started a behind the scenes smear campaign to discredit the cadaver dogs, their handlers and the GPR co. as well as Forensic Anthropologist that performed the GPR scan.
It was very obvious at this point that the NHSP wanted nothing to do with the evidence and was doing everything in their power to stop the dominoes from falling into the inevitable events that would take place on April 3rd 2019.
The NHSP went as far as calling in both of the teams dog handlers for interviews and were told to bring all their credentials. Both handlers agreed and had no issue sharing their credentials and track records.
Consider the fact that Jeff Strelzin stated in his April 3rd press conference that after reviewing the dog videos and the GPR analysis that there was NO probable evidence to justify a search at this location. So this was a decision more than likely made very early after receiving the items from the team on Dec 7th 2018.
WHY if the NHSP said there was ‘nothing to see here’ very soon after reviewing and discrediting the teams evidence did it take them until Feb 20th 2019, approximately 2 months, maybe more to make a decision to go to the location with their own cadaver dogs. Upon performing this search they found nothing and had no positive hits according to AG Jeff Strelzin.
Feb 20th 2019 NHSP go to the home of Cecil Smith on Bunga rd for an unknown reason.
Feb 20th 2019 at approximately 8pm Cecil Smith committed suicide.
The NHSP have said they discredited all of the teams resources and acquired evidence.
BUT… the NHSP went to the location with 2 cadaver dogs on Feb 20th 2019. No Positive hits…!
Cecil Smith commits suicide the same day that NHSP are at the location with 2 cadaver dogs and just a few short hours after NHSP were at his home on Bunga rd.
Tuesday March 5th the NHSP and the FBI are on scene at 92 Wild Ammonoosuc rd.
Big Question is……..WHY if the NHSP had already supposedly discredited the dogs, their handlers and the GPR scan did they choose to go to the location on Feb 20th 2019 with their own dogs and upon having negative results did they in-turn come back to the same location on March 5th 2019, almost 2 weeks later this time with the FBI in hand..?
I have a hard time believing as I’m sure many others do as well that they just did not go through all this and especially excavate the cellar just to rule it out. They said they already had according to Strelzin. NHSP has stated previously because of the funds available it was not going to happen.
So…..REALLY what was the actual catalyst for the FBI to be brought in IF indeed there was ‘Nothing to see here’..?
What was up with the April 3rd media blitz at 92 Wild Ammonoosuc rd location and WHO spilled the beans to the media that this was happening..?
Was the April 3rd search of the cellar a play by NHSP to try and finally just stop the narrative once and for all, did they play a card from their hand as to try and diffuse a very sensitive subject and squelch the online community chatter and speculation..?
IF indeed the NHSP knew there was nothing there but proceeded with the excavation of the area in the cellar and did this in front of the world would it finally appease Fred Murray and his family and stop the Merry-Go-Round of online speculation..?
OR……Was the April 3rd search and media frenzy a ‘killing 2 birds with one stone’ effect. Was it a well planned and orchestrated attempt to give Fred Murray what he wanted but at the same time slap him and his family across the face once again in front of the world and say…..’We told You So’
From My observations at the scene and at the Courthouse it would seem that it was a pretty well laid out plan to steer the narrative…….. but a couple of the players did not stick to the plan once at the courthouse.
Strelzin told the Murray family in private that the dogs their team used…”Hit on a dead rat”
“Boston Magazine January 28, 2014
The first police officer arrived at 7:46 p.m. “It was obvious that she had been drinking,” says Jeff Strelzin “Fred has been a difficult person to deal with from the beginning,” Strelzin says. In Maura Murray’s case, Strelzin will not say how often law enforcement monitors online forums, but concedes that the police are “aware of things that are said.” He adds that “nothing fruitful” has ever come from the DIY detectives.”
Pushing the buttons of the NH AG Jeff Strelzin actually supplied a bit more fuel to the fire and got him to show his true colors. I have to say Jeffrey Strelzin did not act professional after the press conference. That’s not a good look or representation for the state of NH. jmho
This post is not meant to be an argument about the location and whether or not the search was proper, that cannot be determined unless we are able to view the documentation and see the location in person. We have to trust it was done properly.
This post is not to argue that there may still be a body at the location, but personally I don’t think it can be ruled out 100% without further info to go on. I am stuck on the 95% right as far as cadaver dogs go…..and the 5% just does not give me a positive hit. I feel as though if there is definitely nothing there now…..there could have been previously. As to how long ago, who knows.
What I do know is that the investigation into Maura’s disappearance and murder will not stop. We will move forward and with more vim and vigor and support every day.
April 3rd 2019 started out as a day of hope that this location would reveal the location of Maura’s remains but unfortunately that was not the case. There was no end and closure to this 15 year nightmare.
This location was of huge interest back in 2004 and continued to be for the past 15 years. In late September 2018 I received information from a hairdresser at a local salon about a house close to the scene and that a plumber had been working in the cellar during the summer of 2004.
When working in the cellar which had a dirt floor and while burying a fuel oil supply line to the furnace he came across a small bone that he thought to be human. The plumber completed the job and showed the owner the piece of bone and told them where he found it and he left after that. Not sure what happened to the bone fragment.
Some time later, not sure as to the actual timing on this the plumber returned to the home because he realized he had left an expensive tool there during his job. Upon returning he went to the cellar to retrieve the tool and noticed a newly poured concrete floor.
The story created immediate interest in that location and it became the focal point of the team investigation. The owners graciously gave us access to the home.
On Nov 25th 2018 a highly trained cadaver dog and handler entered the premises and there was a positive hit on the easterly side of the cellar and up the wall by the electrical panel and the oil tank.
On Dec 1st 2018 another highly trained dog and handler entered the building, the same results were obtained at this time.
On Dec 1st right after the cadaver dog exited the building there was a Certified Forensic Anthropologist on scene highly trained in GPR testing and analysis. He scanned the complete cellar and had no idea where the dogs had their hits. His analysis was that there was an anomaly in the exact location the dogs had hit on. His analysis did not reveal any other such anomalies in the whole basement.
Because of the results of the dogs and the GPR the info was given to the NHSP and the FBI on Dec 7th 2018.
NHSP goes to home on Feb 20th with cadaver dogs and as Jeffrey Strelzin stated at the April 3rd press conference…..Their dogs did not get any hits in that cellar.
On Feb 20th the NHSP went to Cecil Smith’s house for an unknown reason. At 8 pm Cecil Smith committed suicide for an unknown reason.
On March 5th the NHSP and the FBI went to the scene but we are not sure what they did on this visit to the location.
On April 2cd and 3rd the NHSP and the FBI were at the 92 Wild Ammonoosuc rd location. We received notification of the Wed April 3rd search on Tuesday evening, April 2cd. It is unclear what was done at the location on the 2cd.
The Murray team had a Certified Forensic Anthropologist on scene but they would not allow this person in the home to watch the process.
There were several Media outlets on scene including Fox Boston, Bob Ward, WMUR, NECN, News 7, Bernie Marvin from the Bridge weekly and a few more. There was also a News 4 chopper in the air.
About noon the NHSP told everyone they had to leave the area and go stage at the Grafton County courthouse complex where Jeff Strelzin would be holding a press conference at 3 pm.
Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, right, talks in a news conference alongside New Hampshire State Police Col. Christopher Wagner at the Grafton County Courthouse in North Haverhill, N.H., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Earlier in the day, State Police and the FBI searched a home on Route 112 near where Maura Murray crashed her car and disappeared in 2004. They did not find any evidence in connection with the case, Strelzin announced. (Valley News – Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the press conference at 3 pm after they had spoken to the Murray family in private. Jeff Strelzin was condescending and had a smirk on his face the whole time.
During the press conference Strelzin discredited the teams cadaver dogs and handlers as well as the validity of the GPR scan.
During the private meeting with the Murray family Strelzin told them that “the dogs they used hit on a ‘DEAD RAT’….”……Absolutely unbelievable.
Fred Murray speaking to the media after Strelzin spread his Frosting on the Cake of the lies and Bullshit that has surrounded this case from day one, Feb 9th 2004…!
So…….After the press conference everyone was standing around outside the courthouse. I was speaking with Col Wagner of the NHSP trying to verify a couple things. Jeff Strelzin was standing about 6 ft away from us and listening in on the questions and of course Col. Wagner’s answers.
Strelzin then said something and inserted himself into the conversation but directed it towards me. I was asking him about the inaccuracies and inconsistencies of the case and all the problems and issues that surround it.
Strelzin then stated the biggest issue and problem about this case was John Smith
He stated this several times and that was when I just pointed at him and gave him a glaring stare. I was told later that there were like 6 cops standing behind me waiting to pounce on me at any second.
This was when GC Sheriff Steigler told me I had to leave the area and go to my vehicle. The whole time I walked backwards and yelling at Strelzin in front of all these reporters and cops.
As I was being forced to leave the area and walking backwards just focusing on Strelzin I just kept saying…….
“what about the 13 minute delay in calling out FD & EMS, What about the Saturn not hitting a tree, what about not following protocol by calling out FD & EMS, Do you realize that if they had called out FD & EMS as is protocol Maura Murray could still be alive, What about the scene being staged, Why did Jeff Williams want to speak to the head of dispatch at 7am the next morning, Why did Jeff Williams request the FD log on Tues Feb 10th”………What, When, Where, Why and Who
I don’t even remember all the questions but there was a lot.
Once I was back at my vehicle with Sheriff Steigler I was much calmer because of the distance between Strelzin and myself.
We discussed the GCSD dispatch logs and I will be making an appt. to see him and discuss the 3 different versions the Murray family received back in 2004. That will be sometime next week, the week of the 8th.