Unknown Molly Bish killer - Massachusetts - 2000 Mar 15, 2015 4:48:14 GMT -5
Post by theczar on Mar 15, 2015 4:48:14 GMT -5
Police are still looking for the unknown killer of 16 year-old Molly Bish, who disappeared in 2000, and who's remains were found 3 years later.
In the summer of 2000, Molly Bish began working as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts. On June 27, Molly's mother dropped her off at work. A few hours later, the police called her and said that no lifeguard had been present that day. When her mother arrived at the pond, she found Molly's belongings left at the beach, but no sign of her. At the time, the largest and most expensive search for a missing person in Massachusetts history was conducted, but Molly remained missing. Her mother remembered that the day before she went missing, she noticed a suspicious man sitting in a white Sedan, smoking and watching the two of them. When she returned to her car later, the man was still there. The next day, she noticed the man and the car were nowhere to be found. A worker at the pond later told police he noticed a similar car hanging around before Molly and her mother arrived. Another worker at a cemetery located across from the pond also mentioned a similar car lurking around in the area. Police believed the pathway from the cemetery to the pond was where Molly was abducted. With the help of her mother, police were able to draw up a composite sketch of the man, but they still came up empty.
In 2003, searchers discovered Molly's remains a few miles from her home. This came after a man remembered finding a bathing suit in the woods, one that matched the one Molly wore.
In 2009, police identified Rodney Stanger as a suspect. Stanger was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in Florida, but lived a few miles from Warren at the time of Molly's disappearance. He resembled the composite sketch, was said to have access to a similar car, fished in Comins Pond, and also hunted in the woods where Molly was eventually found. He has never been charged in the Bish case.
Police also suspect there might be a connection to the Bish case and that to the 1993 murder of 10 year-old Holly Piirainen. Police questioned Stanger in the case. However, in 2012, it was announced that forensic evidence found near Holly was linked to David Pouliot, who died in 2003. Pouliot, however, has only been referred to as a "person of interest." Interestingly, shortly after Holly went missing, her parents received a letter from a 10 year-old Molly Bish, who expressed hope that they would find her.
In 2011, another man, Gerald Battistoni, was identified by a private investigator as a suspect in both the Bish and Piirainen murders. Shortly after, Battistoni, who is serving time for raping a teenage girl in the 1990's, attempted suicide. He later died of a heart attack in November, 2014. He was never been charged in either case.
Thoughts? This is a case that I'm surprised AMW stopped profiling. They featured Molly Bish many times when she was missing, but only aired her once (if I recall correctly, don't quote me) after her body was found. Unfortunately, like with many cases, this suffers from there being too many likely suspects. Stanger seems like the likely one, but unless they get solid proof he was responsible, I don't think they'll be able to charge him any time soon.
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