Molly Anne Bish born on August 2, 1983 was a sixteen-year-old American girl who vanished while working as a lifeguard in her hometown of Warren, Massachusetts.
The Vanishing Of Molly
Molly Bish, 16, started working as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts, in the summer of 2000. Magi, Bish’s mother, observed a mustached man in a white automobile parked in the lot of the beach where Bish’s lifeguard post was located on June 26, the day before she vanished.
Despite the fact that he seemed strange at the time, she didn’t think much more about him until Bish disappeared.
Magi dropped her child off outside the lifeguard station near Comins Pond on June 27. Magi claimed to have seen no trace of the stranger or his white vehicle from the previous day. However, only minutes before Bish arrived, another witness said he spotted a man matching the stranger’s description in the pond’s parking lot.
A local worker also reported seeing a similar automobile parked in a cemetery with a trail leading to the pond. Before her disappearance, Magi Bish was the last person to see her daughter.
Molly Bish’s parents were contacted by police several hours later, alerting them that there had been no lifeguard on duty all day and that Bish’s belongings had been left unattended at her station.
The Shocking Discovery Of Her Body
An thorough search was undertaken right away. It was to be the most extensive and costly search for a missing individual ever conducted in Massachusetts. Several American television shows, including Disappeared, America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries, and 48 Hours, covered her story.
In late fall 2002, a hunter discovered a blue bathing suit in the woods near Whiskey Hill in Palmer. He told Tim McGuigan about it in May 2003, and he alerted the authorities. Bish’s body was discovered after a thorough search of the region. Her body was discovered 5 miles (8.0 kilometers) from her family’s home on June 9, 2003.
Although no cause of death has been established, investigators believe Bish was murdered and her body buried.
For three years her body was not found
A Connecticut resident was briefly investigated in connection with the crime in 2005, when he was charged with attempted kidnapping.
A fresh suspect was probed in 2009. Rodney Stanger, a Florida resident convicted of murdering his girlfriend, had spent more than 20 years in Southbridge, Massachusetts, just a few miles from Warren. Rodney relocated to Florida a year after the murder of Bish. Crystal Morrison, Stanger’s 20-year girlfriend, was murdered, and Morrison’s sister contacted Massachusetts authorities.
Stanger was known to own a white automobile that looked identical to the one seen the day before Bish vanished. He was also known to go hunting in the woods where Bish’s body was discovered.
Furthermore, Stanger matched Magi Bish’s description of the man saw in the white sedan the day of Molly Bish’s disappearance. In her situation, Stanger has not been charged.
During the investigation into the Bish murder in 2009, police also questioned Stanger about the 1993 murder of Holly Piirainen, who went missing in Sturbridge. In 1993, Bish and Piirainen were the same age, and Bish had written Piirainen’s parents a letter of hope. In this case, Stanger was not charged. Authorities named David Pouliot, who died in 2003, as a person of interest in the Piirainen case in 2012 based on forensic evidence.
Private detective Dan Malley of Massachusetts listed Gerald Battistoni, as a suspect in Bish’s death in November 2011. In the early 1990s, Battistoni was sentenced to prison for repeatedly rapping a juvenile girl. After media headlines implicated him as a possible suspect in the deaths of Bish and Piirainen, he attempted suicide in prison.
Battistoni, who had a criminal record dating back to 1980, was in the area where Bish’s body was discovered and looks a lot like the man Magi observed in the parking lot the day before Bish vanished.
There has been no arrests and the person behind Molly’s death sadly still remains unknown.
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