On the morning of February 9, Maura turned in homework for her classes electronically and emailed her professors stating she would be leaving campus for a week because of a death in the family, although there was no death in the family. That afternoon, around 3:15pm, Maura stopped at an ATM and withdrew $280 from her bank account, before purchasing $40 worth of alcohol at a liquor store. She left the area around 4:30pm without telling anyone her plans.
Between 7:00 and 7:30pm Maura was in a one-vehicle accident in Haverhill, NH on the day she went missing. By the time authorities arrived on scene 10 minutes after receiving a call to inform them of the accident, Maura had vanished. The officers at the scene noted that Maura's car had been locked and there was a box of wine in the back seat. The last person to see Maura alive was a bus driver named Butch Atwood, who offered to help her and asked if she needed police after the accident. When police questioned the bus driver, he stated that she did not seem injured, but was a little shaken up after the accident.
Bill Rausch, Maura Murray's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance was indicted by a Grand Jury on felony sex abuse.