BOSTON (WWLP) - The abduction and murder of two western Massachusetts children remain unsolved. Following the escape of three girls held captive in a Cleveland home, the families of Molly Bish and Holly Piirainen say neighbors are integral to solving missing person cases.
At the 13 th annual Missing Children's Day on Beacon Hill, families remembered their missing children. The family of Holly Piirainen, who went missing in 1993, presented an award to the Hampden County District Attorney. Last year, the office announced that new forensic evidence found by Holly's body led them to David Pouliot, a Springfield man who died in 2003.
"Unfortunately the other evidence connecting him to the case didn't really match up. We are still hoping to find two people who were with him on the day after Holly's abduction," said Karen Jolin, Holly's aunt.
When Holly was kidnapped, a young Molly Bish wrote a letter to Holly's family, wishing for her safe return. Seven years later, Molly was murdered after being abducted from Comins Pond in Warren. New leads in Molly's case point to a possible suspect in Florida.
"I asked the police department today that was here with us and they say they're still waiting for DNA processing and they can't tell me a timeframe or anything so it's a waiting game," said Magi Bish.
The families are frustrated. As their cases drag on, and more children go missing in Massachusetts, they're asking communities to be alert for suspicious activity.
"It is often times not the police that find things. I mean it was a hunter that found Molly's bathing suit that gave the police the information that they could then go search," said Bish. "Keep your eyes and ears open as neighbors, if something's been peculiar or unusual… report it."
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists 39 Massachusetts children who are currently missing ( http://www.missingkids.com/Search/MA ).