Maria Murphy: Missing from Florida Found

UPDATE:  July 6, 2012 Police identified skeletal parts found this week at a remote Coconut Creek nature trail as those of Maria’s. Her last known location that afternoon was a Coconut Creek street corner less than two miles southwest of where the skeletal parts were found on Thursday.

The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to confirm Murphy’s identity, according to Coral Springs police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh. Murphy’s relatives were notified of her death, he said.

“We’re disappointed that she was found deceased,” McHugh said. “Ultimately, we always held out hope that she would be found in good health.”

 In the days before she vanished, Murphy and her husband of nine years, Frank Murphy, were about to move to Tennessee, and two of Maria Murphy’s friends told investigators that she was excited about the move, according to police.

On the Friday she vanished, Murphy deposited $5,000 at an ATM outside Bank of America in Coral Springs about 1 p.m., police said. The deposit was done on her husband’s behalf and associated with moving expenses, police said.

As police investigated her vanished, they collected several surveillance videos.

1.  Murray leaving her black 2005 BMW two-door convertible in a parking lot the same afternoon outside El Balcon De Las Americas, a Colombian restaurant she frequented in the 7900 block of West Sample Road, near Coral Springs.  Maria got out of her car and and walked across the parking lot.

2.  Murphy walking past pumps at a Mobil gas station and out onto Sample Road.

3.  Murphy passing Broward County Transit bus and walking eastbound on Sample Road with a black bag slung over her left shoulder.

UPDATE:  CBS Miami reports that Maria Murphy’s black BMW was found in a parking lot Tuesday night and towed to police headquarters for processing.

Maria Murphy, 45, from Coral Springs, Florida was last seen making a bank transaction at the Bank of America on University Drive in Coral Springs.  Police believe that she was spotted walking eastbound across US 441 at Copans Road.

Maria’s 2005 black BMW convertible with Florida plates LSZ159 is also missing.

Mark is 5’10” tall, brown eyes, black hair and weighs 170 pounds.

If you know of her whereabouts, please call the Coral Springs Police Dept. at 954-344-1800.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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