AUBURN (CBS) – Investigators announced a “significant” new lead Tuesday in the unsolved kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Holly Piirainen.

The Hampden County District Attorney said on Tuesday that a re-evaluation of forensic evidence was able to definitively link David Pouliot of Springfield to the area around the time when Piirainen disappeared.

Photographs of Pouliot were startling to the family of Molly Bish, the Warren lifeguard who disappeared seven years after Piirainen was killed.

Heather, Molly’s sister, says seeing the pictures of Pouliot were scary. “My mom had always referred to the person she saw in the white car as having deep set eyes and dark features,” says Heather. “He truly resembled that.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Pouliot has not been named a suspect in either case; in fact, the Worcester County District Attorney’s office says it has found no link at all to Molly. But comparing the photos of Pouliot to the sketch her mother helped create, gives Heather Bish new hope her sister’s killer will be found.

Heather says, “I do think I will know, I will pursue knowing for the rest of my life.”

  1. This suspect is more than likely the killer of Holly Piiranianen. He has cold dead eyes and he was known to hunt and fish in that area of woods, and they now have dna on him, that was found under where her body was found. It is so sad that there was no justice for Holly. This low life seems to also look like the police sketch done by Molly Bish’s mother.

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