Holly Kristen Piirainen (January 19, 1983 – August 5, 1993) was a 10-year-old American murder victim from Grafton, Massachusetts. She and her brother had been visiting their grandparents in Sturbridge, Massachusetts when Holly was murdered.
Holly Kristen Piirainen
January 19, 1983
Grafton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||August 5, 1993 (aged 10)|
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Cause of death||Presumed homicide|
Piirainen and her brother had gone to a neighbor's house to see puppies. Her brother had returned to the cottage where the grandparents lived, but Piirainen did not. One of Piirainen's shoes was found by the side of a road.
Since Piirainen's death, the Holly Piirainen Scholarship Fund was established in her memory by her family.
Later investigative leadsEdit
On January 3, 2012, Hampden County Attorney Mark Mastroianni announced that forensic evidence found near Piirainen's body had been linked to David Pouliot, a suspect who died in 2003. Investigators have not disclosed the nature of the forensic evidence, nor the type of testing that linked Pouliot to the evidence. Investigators said that, although Pouliot is a person of interest in the crime, as of January 2012[update] he has not yet formally been named a suspect. Pouliot frequently hunted and fished around the area where Piirainen's body was found.
Connection to Molly Bish caseEdit
Fellow Massachusetts resident Molly Bish was murdered seven years later. Her body was also found in a wooded area in Worcester County. Police considered the possibility that the two cases could be related. Pouliot is considered a person of interest in both cases. It was discovered that Bish had written a letter to Holly Piirainen's family following Holly's disappearance. This is an excerpt from Molly Bish's letter:
I am very sorry. I wish I could make it up to you. Holly is a very pretty girl. She is almost as tall as me. I wish I knew Holly. I hope they found her.— Molly Bish at age 10
- "Holly Piirainen: New details emerge in 19-year-old murder case". Fox 25 Boston. Nov 19, 2012.
- "Cold Case Murder of Holly Piirainen, 7, Linked to Dead Man". ABC News. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
- Smith, Dave (January 3, 2012). "Holly Piirainen Case: David Pouliot Linked to Death of Missing Girl in 1993". International Business Times.