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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Holly Piirainen

Today I am covering the case of Holly Piirainen. Holly was only ten years old when she walked to a neighbor’s house with her younger brother to see some puppies and seemingly vanished into thin air only leaving behind one sneaker in the road where she was last seen. After decades of breakthroughs and stalls in the case, just last October there was a huge discovery that almost no one is talking about.

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“Body of Holly Piirainen, 10, Believed Found in Brimfield.” The Berkshire Eagle, 24 Oct. 1993, p. A3.,

Dowdy, Zachary. “Services, Burial Friday for Holly Piirainen, 10.” The Boston Globe, 8 Nov. 1993, p. 36.,

“Girl's Murder Stirs Confusion, Anger in Small Mass. Town.” The Journal News, 25 Oct. 1993, p. A3.,

Mashberg, Tom. “High-Tech Tools Help Speed Search for the Vanished .” The Boston Globe, 7 Aug. 1993, p. 1 & p. 9.,

Robertson, Katherine S. “Slain Girl's Family Waits for Closure.” The Boston Globe, 6 Aug. 1995, p. 30.,

Russell, Gerard F. “Family Using Fund-Raiser Proceeds to Continue Search for Missing Girl.” The Boston Globe, 18 Aug. 1993, p. 69.,

“Ten-Year-Old Disappears near Grandparents' Home.” Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 1993, p. B2.,

Thompson, Anne. “Hunt for Abductor Now Hunt for Killer.” Johnson City Press, 25 Oct. 1993, pp. 1–7.,


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