October 19, 2009
10/8/09: William Hurley, Boston, MA
He called his girlfriend of 2 years, Claire Mahoney, who offered to pick him up as he was unfamiliar with the area. While on the phone with Mahoney, Hurley asked his exact location and a passerby yelled "99 Nashua Street." Hurley's cell phone battery then went dead. Mahoney said, "I got to 99 Nashua Street a minute or two later and he was nowhere in the area." She said, "I beeped, I yelled, I looked around, I walked around. I drove around for an hour. I was right around the corner but when I got there Will was gone."
Mahoney then headed back south to the Quincy apartment they had been sharing together since December and waited for Hurley to return home. She called hospitals and friends to try to locate him to no avail. As each hour passed, she began to grow more panicked and finally called both the Quincy and Boston police who advised her to wait the standard 24-hours before filing a missing person's report. On the following day, Friday, she filed the report at both stations and she and her sister, Katie, began hanging up missing persons fliers around the TD Garden and surrounding area. To Mahoney and William's friends, the disappearance was "stunningly out of character."
Boston police spokesman, Joe Zanoli, told CNN, "there is no indication of foul play at this time, however, that doesn't mean it necessarily hasn't happened. We just don't know. At this point of the investigation, it appears he just vanished. Whether that was on his own accord or not has yet to be determined."
Search and Recovery
After William Hurley went missing Claire Mahoney and William's mother, Lynn Martin, who had arrived from North Carolina on Monday spoke to people in the area where William had gone missing. "We've been talking to people in that area-transit cops, and barkeepers, and anybody who might have been around, even homeless people who may have seen something", said Mahoney, "but there was nothing, absolutely nothing." Also on Monday police searched the area and put two boats on the Charles River to search the water near the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, located on Nashua Street. Police have said, "they have found some things of interest, but nothing concrete." They had nothing definitive to report regarding their search in and around the area of the TD Garden.
According to one news report, Hurley's smashed cell phone was found during one of the searches.
Nearly a week later, on Wednesday, October 14, the body of William Hurley was found in the Charles River at around 2:30 a.m. near the Nashua Street Jail by Boston police on routine patrol. Water patrol was called in to recover the body that was 25 feet from shore around 200 Nashua Street. A state park is directly across the river. Suffolk District Attorney spokesman Jake Wark said the body had been in the water a couple days. Police are ruling out robbery as William's keys and wallet were found on his person during the recovery.
Suffolk District Attorney, Daniel F. Conley said, "There are no obvious signs of foul play on Mr. Hurley's body." Preliminary autopsy results confirm there doesn't appear to be any physical injuries on William's body. Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine the specifics. Although preliminary results showed no trauma to his body, investigators are waiting on the toxicology report to see if William consumed alcohol or any other substances. Results will take up to 3 weeks. Vendi, the friend who attended the hockey game with Hurley, said he hadn't had much to drink. Mahoney also said he sounded fine on the phone during their conversation although he mentioned he was tired.
Police are viewing the businesses footage of surveillance tape in the area. There are many cameras in the area.
According to reports, there are no fences or barriers surrounding the water’s edge near where Hurley’s body was found.
About William Hurley
Brendan Venti described William as the type to never be late to work and said he is a quiet guy with a dry sense of humor. He also said there were many sleepless nights while William was missing and that he prayed some clue would turn up to end the mysterious vanishing.
Name/age: William Hurley, 24
Residence: Quincy, MA
Hometown: North Carolina
Last seen: 8:30 p.m., Thurs., 10/8/09, Boston, MA
Physical Description: white male, 5'8", 155 pounds, thin build, blond hair, blue eyes. He was last seen wearing white Nike sneakers, blue jeans, a green T-shirt
Recovered: 2:30 a.m., 10/14/09, Charles River, Boston, MA
at 4:33 PM