There was something about Bill Rausch that Maura couldn't walk away from, even when she knew he was bad news bears, according to her aunt Janis.
"He cheated on her. Cheated on her with her sister Julie's friend as if that wouldn't get back to Maura. Then he'd buy her expensive jewelry. Maura was heartbroken. She came to me sobbing. I told her he wasn't worth it. But she always went back."
One detective went further. "He's a scumbag, the way he treated Maura. If she did go up there with the intention of committing suicide, it's because of the way he treated her."
Bill Rausch has not responded to requests for an interview.