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Oxygen preps “Disapperance of: Maura Murray” for fall

NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen Media has revealed that the second series in its The Disappearance of… franchise will broadcast across the women-focused crime network in late September. The Disappearance of: Maura Murray follows ...
August 21, 2017

NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen Media has revealed that the second series in its The Disappearance of… franchise will broadcast across the women-focused crime network in late September.

The Disappearance of: Maura Murray follows investigative journalist Maggie Freleng and former U.S. Marshal Art Roderick as they attempt to unravel new and unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies, missing evidence and questionable actions into the February 2004 disappearance of the young nursing student (pictured) after a car accident on a Haverhill, New Hampshire highway.

Produced by Texas Crew Productions, the six-part event series will retrace Murray’s last-known steps in an attempt to uncover what really happened while also tackling unanswered questions through rare access to Murray’s family and friends, including interviews with her father Fred and siblings Julie, Kathleen and Kurt.

The series will explore several theories into the case that have been proposed by Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri’s podcast Missing Maura Murray, as well as from true crime author James Renner, author of True Crime Addict and website My Search for Maura Murray.

The Disappearance of… franchise is a series of multi-part documentaries that dive headfirst into unexplored leads, missing evidence and unnerving suspicion surrounding some of the most perplexing cases of young women who have gone missing.

Texas Crew’s David Karabinas, Eric Begley and Sonia Slutsky serve as executive producers.

The Disappearance of: Maura Murray, which debuts Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, serves as one of the first fruits of Oxygen’s rebrand since it slowly shifted from a lifestyle brand to a true crime network. The Murray series also follows on the heels of The Disappearance of: Natalee Holloway, which premiered on Oxygen on Saturday (Aug. 19).

The Disappearance of: Maura Murray provides a deep dive into the notorious 13-year-old unsolved case that sparked a social media frenzy,” said Cori Abraham, senior VP of development and international at Oxygen Media, in a statement. “This true crime investigative series will take viewers along for an emotional journey for answers surrounding her mysterious vanishing in effort to bring Maura the justice she deserves.”

Since its rebrand this year as a full-time crime programming destination, Oxygen is the fastest growing cable entertainment network among total viewers in total day, up +54% year over year, according to the network.

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