Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna have taken the label of “armchair detective” to the next level with their investigation into the disappearance of Maura Murray, which consists of a top rated podcast and an upcoming documentary. Here is part 1 of our 3 part interview with Lance and Tim.
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
At 7:35pm, on February 9th, 2004, New Hampshire State Police are called to scene of a single car accident on Rt. 112. It was the intersection of Wild Ammonoosuc Road and Bradley Hill Road where a U-Mass Amherst student named Maura Murray vanished after she apparently lost control of her vehicle after a sharp bend. When authorities arrived not ten minutes later, Maura was gone. There has been no credible sighting of her since.
Tim (left) and Lance (right) recording an early episode of the Missing Maura Murray Podcast
How do you two know each other?
Tim: In 2002, Lance was running a murder mystery comedy dinner theatre show in Boston and I was introduced to him by one of his actors and then I became an actor in one of those shows. So we performed and acted together in that stuff for a few years and then we moved on to short films and then feature films.
What are your day jobs?
Lance: I work in the events industry, managing the logistics of high end events and I’m pretty sure Tim just does a bunch of drugs at home.
Tim: (laughing)…so many drugs. No actually I do video editing and some camera work for corporate videos and I am a network engineer for a really cool company out of New York that does web casting. So a lot of what I do revolves around audio and video editing.
How did you first hear about this case?
Lance: I was looking up unsolved crimes and mysteries in New England and the Maura Murray case was always in the top three.
Tim: I heard about the case from Lance. I had stopped by his office one night in East Boston where he was doing some editing and he started telling me about the case and we talked about it for two hours or more and then he showed me the Alden Olson video. I was terrified walking from his building, Lance’s office is in like a half filled warehouse so it was pretty empty where I was and it was a bad time of night. When I was leaving, I remember looking over my shoulder thinking that Alden was going to be there or something!
Lance: In that happy anniversary video, Alden comes off like a raving lunatic, but I don’t think he is really like that. In any other interaction that I’ve seen from him, he’s a lot different than that. We’re still trying to get an interview with him for the show.
What was it about this case that got you so obsessed with it?
Lance: For me the obsession, or that part of it, started after watching Alden’s video.
Tim: I have to agree with you Lance, that was probably it for me too. The other thing I would say is the amount of possibilities of things that could have happened to Maura is really intriguing. It’s more than just a murder, a suicide, or a runaway. Even paranormal shit you can get into, it’s like a choose your own adventure book, it’s very fascinating talk about and think about.
Lance: It’s like the missing white girl syndrome. I think that’s what draws people to the case, they see the pictures, the young girl, the perfect brunette hair, the dimples, the big smile…she’s presented as the all American girl. So you go into it thinking it’s pretty straight forward and the more you dig into it, the more you discover it’s anything but.