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« Thread started on: Sep 11th, 2004, 4:28pm »

Excerpt from Holly Piirainen Website:

Seven years prior to the abduction of Molly Anne Bish from Warren, another missing child story gripped the Western Massachusetts area. On August 5, 1993 Holly Piirainen was visiting her grandparents' cottage in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Holly and her brother set out for a neighbor's house to play with some puppies. Holly's brother returned to the cottage, but Holly was nowhere to be found...

The search for 10 year old Holly Piirainen was one of the largest missing child searches in Massachusetts history back in 1993. The search continued for two months after Holly disappeared. Then, on October 23, 1993, the search for Holly came to a sad end when her remains were found by hunters off Five Bridge Road in Brimfield, Massachusetts. As of yet, Holly's killer has never been found or identified.

If you have ANY INFORMATION about the murder of Holly Piirainen, please contact:

Detective Lieutenant Peter Higgins
Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Hampden County
55 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 747-4810

Sergeant Kevin Hope
Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Hampden County
55 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 747-4810

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 11th, 2004, 4:44pm »

BOSTON -- Two families connected by tragedy now share an unbreakable bond.

Murder Victim's Family Lends Support

The 1993 kidnap and murder of Holly Piirainen in many ways mirrors the events of the Molly Bish case, and both families are drawing strength from each other.

"Holly and Molly were connected. They were born (the) same year seven months apart," said Holly's grandmother, Maureen Lemieux.

Holly Piirainen disappeared from her grandmother's Sturbridge, Mass., home in August 1993. Two months later, her body was discovered in a Brimfield forest.

Within the first few weeks of Holly's disappearance, sadness moved Molly Bish, a girl the Piiraninens didn't even know, to write a letter just to let Holly's family know their pain touched her.

Molly's disappearance sealed a Bish-Piirainen family bond. For years Holly's grandmother has been a shoulder to cry on.

"I think there's a thread connecting these two little girls. There's something there between the two of them, and I feel they're together now," Lemieux said. "Holly was found a town away from where Molly was taken."

The families share feelings they can't put into tender words. They don't have to -- Molly did that for them.

"I am 10 years old. Someday, I'd like to see you. I am very sorry. I wish I could make up to you. Holly is a very pretty girl, almost as tall as me," Lemieux read from a letter Molly wrote to Holly's family.

It's been 10 years since someone snatched Holly. For the family, it's not easy to talk about it, but they believe that someone knows something they're not telling. The family hopes the continued publicity will make someone speak up and maybe save a life.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 11th, 2004, 4:51pm »

Dear Mr. McGuigan,

I've never met you, but I wanted to tell you that if you should come here that I commend your efforts and aggressivness in the search for Holly and Molly. You are one of the special ones because not many people will work on these cases free of charge. You remind me and my family of another hard worker for crime solving and we hold that in the highest esteem. I wanted to dedicate a whole thread to you because our group of supporters for Carrie here where I live were in total awe over what you are doing.
If anybody else would like to leave Tim a message, please do so. You have some major support here. Keep up your wonderful work always!!!

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xx Remembering Holly 10 Years Later
« Reply #3 on: Oct 13th, 2004, 6:12pm »

"Someday I'll be famous," ten year old Holly Piirainen told her grandmother. It was June, Holly had just completed fourth grade and looked forward to entering fifth grade where her class would "rule the school" during their final year at the Grafton Intermediate School. Her grandmother had taken her to a "model search" at the local mall and Holly had selected her favorite photograph. Five weeks later that photograph was distributed throughout the state of Massachusetts - on a Missing Persons Poster.


Maureen Lemieux recalls taking her granddaughter to Mass at St. Anne's Shrine in Sturbridge on the first Sunday in August, 1993. Holly insisted on climbing to the top of the stairs where she saw a picture of a bald headed girl inscribed with the words: "Pray for a Cure". When her grandmother explained that the little girl had cancer, Holly declared that she would say a special prayer for her. One week later, Maureen Lemieux climbed to the top of the stairs with Holly's picture inscribed with the words: "Pray for Holly".


On August 5, 1993 Holly and her five year old brother, Zachary, took a walk near their grandmother's cottage in Sturbridge to see a neighbor's litter of puppies. Holly never returned; one red sneaker was found on the side of the dirt road. On October 23, 1993 Holly's remains were found by hunters in the nearby town of Brimfield.


As she recalls her granddaughter's brief life, Maureen Lemieux spoke of Holly's love for animals. She loved dogs and horses, but her true passion was for marine life. Holly loved to go to the Mystic Aquarium and hoped to work there one day. She longed to visit Sea World to swim with the dolphins and dreamed of attending college in Florida and majoring in Marine Biology. The week before Holly was abducted, she attended 4H camp where she was proud to earn her intermediate swimming certificate. Had she lived to be a teenager, she might have channeled her love for swimming into a summer job as a lifeguard.


Shortly after Holly disappeared, Maureen Lemieux received a letter from a ten year old girl:

''My name is Molly Bish. I am 10-years-old. Some day I would like to come see you. I am very sorry. I wish I could make it up to you. Holly is a very pretty girl. She is almost as tall as me. I wish I knew Holly. I hope they found her.''


When Molly disappeared from her lifeguard post seven years later, Maureen Lemieux reached out to the Bish family and shared this letter. The two families have lent each other support over the past three years, attending Masses and Vigils for both girls. Lemieux and her two daughters have become active volunteers for the Molly Bish Foundation.


On August 2, 2003 a funeral will be held for Molly on what would have been her twentieth birthday. Later that day, a Mass will be said for Holly, who would also be twenty, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her abduction.


Maureen Lemieux believes that the girls have a special connection that existed before they were born; she likes to think that they are together again in heaven.


Donations in Holly's memory can be made to the

Holly Piirainen Scholarship Fund

c/o Grafton Credit Union

Worcester Street

North Grafton, MA 01536

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xx For Little Holly on Oct. 23, 2004
« Reply #4 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 07:55am »

On this sad anniversary in 1993, the body of 10 year old Holly Piirainen was found in a wooded area. To date, her muder still remains unsolved. I am thinking of Holly today and hoping that justice is found for her disappearance and murder.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 06:02am »

The family of murder victim Holly Piirainen is hoping a fresh set of eyes might see something new in the case, but they're realistic and know the person who snatched the 10-year-old from a rural road in Sturbridge Aug. 5, 1993, and left her body in Brimfield might never be found.


Still, there is renewed hope that a private investigator might develop information to lead them to a resolution in the case, said Holly's grandmother, Maureen Lemieux.


Working with the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts and the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Piirainen's family was one of many offered free assistance by licensed private detectives taking part in the new program. They chose Bernice Gero of Northampton.


"I'm honored to have the chance to help," said Gero, of Gero & Slingerland Investigative Services, LLC, in Leeds. "I have a box full of information that the family has shared with me. This is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you pour out of the box, turn over the pieces and start making the border. Then you work your way in."


Gero said she has been to theMolly Anne

Bisharea off Five Bridge Road in Brimfield where a hunter discovered Holly's remains several weeks after she vanished from her grandmother's cottage in Sturbridge.


It was a hunter, too, who in 2003 led police to a bathing suit off a rural Palmer Road, which sparked a search that turned up the remains of Molly Anne Bish, who'd been missing from her lifeguard post since June 2000.


The Bish family set up a foundation and Anna Maria College recently opened a center on campus named for the teen. The center provides seminars for victims' families and law enforcement professionals. It is now also home to the program that matches investigators to old and cold cases.


At a recent invitation-only event at the college's Bish Center, families of missing people and murder victims whose cases remain unsolved met with private investigators. Victims' families asked for help in cases that have remained unsolved, some for more than 20 years, and most were approached by private investigators whose interest was sparked by a particular case.


Licensed Private DetectivesThomas P. ShamshakAssociation of Massachusetts president Thomas P. Shamshak, a friend of the Bish family and retired police chief who once ran the Spencer Police Department, said the group's members bring, "a wealth of experience in investigation." His Boston-based Shamshak Investigative Services has been in operation for five years.


"My vision is that the law enforcement community will recognize the benefits of having seasoned investigators taking a look at these cases," said Shamshak, who has worked on cases here and in Ireland. "I know as a former police chief I would have welcomed it."


Shamshak said private investigators in Massachusetts are licensed and regulated by the state police. He said many members of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts have extensive experience and have worked on local and state police departments as well as for the FBI before retiring or changing careers to become private investigators.


The process of matching victims' families with private investigators willing to work at no cost is new, and while law enforcement professionals might not readily warm up to the idea, Shamshak is taking a positive approach.


"We're going in with hat in hand," he said. "It's never been tried before, but I can't see why a benevolent effort to look at cases that aren't receiving daily investigation would be seen as thwarting law enforcement's efforts."

Lemieux said she's pleased and doesn't think the case will be hurt by Gero taking a second look at some of the evidence, since anything she uncovers that could move the case forward would be shared with the district attorney's investigative team.


"Bernice seemed easy to talk to," Lemieux said. "We thought people might be more willing to talk to her. She's not the police."


Lemieux said she's always wondered whether someone might have information that could lead investigators to Holly's killer. She's also pondered whether the murderer is alive or dead.


A book about Holly's case, written by former police officer Timothy McGuigan, who, with the help of a local hunter, led police to the bathing suit believed to be Molly Bish's, is due out this year and might also spark renewed interest in both cases, she said.


When Bish, a Warren lifeguard, went missing in June 2000, Lemieux wondered if Holly's killer had struck again. A Worcester County special grand jury continues to investigate the Bish case, but if the case goes unsolved after the grand jury finishes its work, John J. Bish said his family may look to a private investigator for help, too.


"We're desperate," Bish said. "And that desperation increases with time. The resolution rate on these crimes is not high."


While she's been assured that investigators from the Hampden County district attorney's office continue to work on Holly's case, Lemieux said she's happy to know that there's one more person on her side.


"They tell us the case isn't cold; they're still working on it," Lemieux said. "We've been through a lot of detectives, and every time, we always hope a new set of eyes might see something."


Investigators working on Holly's case frequently explore leads, both old and new, but they're not opposed to having a private investigator take a look at the case.

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xx For Holly on Jan. 19, 2005
« Reply #6 on: Jan 19th, 2005, 05:17am »

Today would have been Holly Piirainen's 22nd birthday. I wanted to say that I am thinking of little Holly today and hoping that answers can be found for her unsolved death. I know that her family still misses and loves her each day that she is not with them.

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:07pm »

By KIM RING

A 90-year-old Worcester man is lobbying for legislation that would allow him to spend his twilight years working to solve a 13-year-old murder and would open the door for private investigators to see files from other unsolved homicides, including the Molly Anne Bish and Holly Piirainen cases.

"It's a great idea," said her father, John J. Bish. "Maybe it needs to be fine-tuned but the healthy discussion around this bill is good."

But some district attorneys oppose the measure, saying it could force them to show case files and physical evidence to investigators working for homicide suspects.

"It conflicts with existing case law," said Elizabeth Dunphy Farris, Deputy First Assistant for Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel. "And it goes against public policy."

Oscar Michaud had the bill, "An Act Authorizing Certain Investigators to Conduct Murder Investigations," filed by state Rep. John J. Binienda, D-Worcester.

The bill would compel police and district attorneys to open their files to licensed private investigators and military detectives who are looking into a murder or disappearance that has gone unsolved for five years or more.

The bill, aired on Beacon Hill during a hearing on April 20, is currently pending in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Families of some victims have applauded Michaud's efforts.

"I'm 100 percent behind that. It should pass," said Maureen Lemieux, the grandmother of Holly Piirainen. "They tell us Holly's case is not cold. We tried it their way. Now let us try another way."

Piirainen's family is receiving free assistance through the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts and is working with Private Investigator Bernice Gero of Slingerland & Gero Investigative Services LLC in Northampton in an effort to find out who abducted and killed the 10-year-old in August 1993.

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 19th, 2006, 5:58pm »

Happy Birthday to Holly. Hoping whoever did this to her can be brought to justice soon. You are remembered always.

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