Grafton Family Hopes Electronic Billboard Will Help Find Girl’s Killer

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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The newly installed electronic billboard along I-93 asking for helping in finding Holly Piirainen's killer.

The newly installed electronic billboard along I-93 asking for helping in finding Holly Piirainen’s killer.

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GRAFTON (CBS) — A Grafton family is hoping a new electronic billboard will help them solve a mystery that’s haunted them for 18 years.

Holly Piirainen was 10 years old when she was visiting her grandparent’s summer cottage in Sturbridge in August of 1993. She wandered up the road to see a neighbor’s puppies, and never returned. Two months later, a hunter found her body in some woods seven miles away.

“It’s still painful every single day. It doesn’t go away,” says her aunt, Carla Bourassa.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

When Molly Bish disappeared from the nearby town of Warren six years later, both families wondered if the same killer was responsible. Since both cases remain unsolved, they still wonder. “He could be stalking somebody right now. He could have stalked several people since then,” says Bourassa.

“We didn’t ever think it would take this long to solve this,” says Holly’s father, Rick Piirainen.

Clear Channel Outdoor has donated space for a plea for information with Holly’s picture on an electronic billboard. It will be displayed on I-93 North in Medford for the next month.

State police are happy to have the help. They say they continue to follow every lead in the case. Piirainen’s family is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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