Holly Piirainen case now 26 years old
SPRINGFIELD — August 5, 1993 at approximately 12:50 p.m. marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Holly Piirainen of Grafton, she was ten years old at the time.
Holly’s family is asking members of the public who may have any information regarding her disappearance or subsequent murder to please come forward with any details you may have.
Holly had been vacationing with her father and other family members at a cottage in Sturbridge. She had last been seen by her father at 11:45 a.m., heading toward a residence in the area of Allen and South Shore Roads in Sturbridge to play with puppies.
Holly was reported missing by her father, Richard Piirainen, when she did not return.
Her father began searching immediately for her, finding her sneaker on South Shore Road. Police were notified and 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.
On October 23, 1993, Holly’s remains were found by hunters in a wooded area off Five Bridge Road in Brimfield.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “The Piirainen family has been coping with this tragedy for twenty-six years. 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 is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office (413) 505-5993. You can also utilize 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.