Family still seeking answers as 25th anniversary of Holly Piirainen’s disappearance nears


August 5 will mark the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of Holly Piirainen of Grafton and her family is asking anyone with information regarding her disappearance and murder to come forward.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Piirainen, who was 10-years-old at the time, was vacationing with her father and other family members at a cottage in Sturbridge when she disappeared.

She was last seen by her father around 11:45 a.m., heading toward a residence in the Allen and South Shore Roads area in Sturbridge. She was going to play with puppies at a residence on South Shore Rd., the DA said.

Her father, Richard Piirainen, reported his daughter missing when she did not return and began searching for her immediately. He found her sneaker on South Shore Rd.

A massive search was conducted by local and state police as well as sheriff’s departments and units from Connecticut and Rhode Island with no results.

The 10-year-old’s remains were found by hunters in a wooded area off Five Bridge Road in Brimfield on October 23, 1993.

“The Piirainen family has been coping with this tragedy for twenty-five years,” DA Gulluni stated in a news release. “Along with Holly’s family, I, members of my office, and the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the case have never stopped investigating to bring justice to Holly and her family. We continue to ask members of the public who may have any information please contact us.”

Anyone with information regarding Holly Piirainen’s disappearance is asked to reach out to the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the DA’s office at (413) 505-5993.

You can also text-a-tip by texting the word CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) and type the word SOLVE into the body of the message followed by your tip.

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