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Maura Murray's Family Says FBI Putting Out Nationwide Bulletin For Missing UMass Student

AMHERST (CBS) – The FBI is now taking its search for missing University of Massachusetts nursing student Maura Murray nationwide.

According to Murray's family, the FBI put out a new bulletin about her disappearance.

"My initial reaction was to question why it took so long. This seems like a powerful database that could have helped in the previous 18 years. But it's never too late, so I am thankful," Maura's older sister, Julie Murray, told WBZ-TV Tuesday

Maura Murray
Maura Murray (WBZ-TV)

Nearly 18 years ago, in February 2004, Murray packed her car, lied to professors about a death in the family, and drove off from the UMass campus.

Later that day, she crashed her car on a road in northern New Hampshire and hasn't been seen since.

Murray's family said the goal of the FBI bulletin is to pool resources across agencies and jurisdictions.

"We are never going to give up," Julie Murray said. "We are going to continue to fight for answers. We are going to continue to shout Maura's name from the rooftops."

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