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    MA - Holly Piirainen, 10, Sturbridge, 5 Aug 1993

    Family of Holly Piirainen hopes I-93 billboard provides clues about the 10-year-old's unsolved abduction and slaying

    The family of Holly Piirainen hopes that a digital billboard featuring a picture of the 10-year-old Grafton girl who was abducted and murdered in 1993 will finally bring the answers they have been seeking for the past 18 years.

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    Holly disappeared after taking a walk to see collie puppies near her grandmother’s Sturbridge summer home that August. Two and a half months later, her remains were found in woods in Brimfield.

    More: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.s...inen_hope.html


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    http://bostonherald.com/news/regiona...icleid=1392420

    Looks like there may be some movement in this case.

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    New lead in 1993 Holly Piirainen slaying to be announced today

    Eighteen years after the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old girl, authorities said they have new evidence they hope will help solve a mystery that has stymied investigators since the child vanished during a family vacation in Sturbridge.


    More: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/01...m5J/story.html

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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/massachuset...1#.TwNp4ko5A8Y

    Cold Case Murder of Holly Piirainen, 10, Linked to Dead Man

    Now, nearly two decades later, police using enhanced forensic techniques say they have identified someone who they believe was at the scene of the girl's murder.

    That person, identified as David Pouliot, died in 2003. The cause of death is unidentified at this time.

    Investigators in 1993 collected several items of possible evidence near where Piirainen's body was discovered in October 1993. Those items were reexamined with enhanced forensics methods earlier this year, and one was determined to be linked to David Pouliot.

    "An indisputable match in identification was made," Mastrioanni said. "It is a very significant lead."

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    This has been all over the news around here today and I'm praying that they find out more information about David Pouliot and why he may be connected to this case. Holly's family has been waiting a long time to find out these answers.

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.s...ly_member.html

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    Wow, except for the missing mustache, this Battistoni looks a lot like the sketch of the character in the Bish case:

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    Battistoni looks like he would have been blond, though. (Thanks for finding the pic.)

    Boy, western MA seems like a hotbed of psycho hunters.

    I can't keep all these guys straight.

    ? - police sketch of smoking guy with the white car at Comins Pond

    David Pouliot, deceased hunter/fisherman, linked forensically to Piirainen crime scene


    Gerald Battistoni, child rapist, driving a white Chevy the day Molly Bish disappeared

    Rodney Stanger, hunter/fisherman, had white car, murdered girlfriend, girlfriend told her sister that she believed RS was tied to Bish and Piirainen murders

    Robert Burno, accosted a jogger; haven't heard anything else about him since
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    You're right, sandbox, both those guys uncannily resemble the Bish suspect as well, especially Burno. I found Battistoni's beady, suspicious eyes and "angry" eyebrows spot-on as far as corresponding with the drawing.

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    That looks like Stalin


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    There's not much information here, but the DA reports that there have been many new tips called in about the Piirainen case ever since the announcement about David Pouloit.

    http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/i_team/...Piirainen-case

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    A video segment by Fox 25 Boston has some new details I've never heard before regarding Randy Stanger, the brother of Rodney Stanger, who is a suspect in the Molly Bish case:

    http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/201...olly-piirainen

    Basically, it's all circumstantial, but an interesting lead none the less.

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    Holly Piiranean was abducted on my 11th Birthday.

    I grew up in a heavily wooded central mass town just west of worcester, and a few towns north of Sturbridge. One of my gymnastics friends at the time was a classmate and good friend of Holly's.

    The day of my 11th birthday when I found out about her disapearance I immediately thought of standing up on a chair having happy birthday sung to me at my daycare that day, I remember thinking for some reason that at the exact moments I was being sung happy birthday, Holly was being grabbed and forced into a car.

    Not a single birthday goes by that I do not think of Holly. I think of her frequently actually, and often check the web to see if any new developments have been made. This case has always been and always remains close to my heart. I pray every single day that her case will one day be solved.

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    I hope they find him. I have a friend who was born in or near Sturbridge in 1983, I'll have to ask if she knew her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieDawn84 View Post
    I hope they find him. I have a friend who was born in or near Sturbridge in 1983, I'll have to ask if she knew her.
    Holly grew up in Grafton MA. Her grandparents lived in Sturbridge.

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