Real Name: Molly Anne Bish
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Warren, Massachusetts
Date: June 27, 2000
Date of Birth: August 2, 1983
Weight: 127 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female, Blond hair, blue eyes.
Details: Molly Bish was a Detroit, Michigan native, but her family moved to Warren, Massachusetts to, ironically, escape the urban violence. Fifteen years later, she had a job as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren, but on June 27, 2000, she vanished almost eight minutes after being dropped off by her mother, Magi. Her belongings were left behind, and a thorough search was made with no success. After her disappearance, her family created a website to try and publicize the case. Magi now believes that she had come face-to-face with Molly's abductor the day before her disappearance. In 2001, famous sketch artist Jeanne Boylan helped her make a composite of him. For nine hours, they chatted and Jeanne worked on the composite. When it was finished, Magi felt that it was accurate, except that it did not have the man holding a cigarette. The next day, Jeanne updated it; Magi was certain that it was identical to the man she had seen. Despite it, no trace of Molly or her abductor have been found.
Suspects: The day before Molly vanished, Magi had taken her to the pond for work when she noticed a man parked at the lake and smoking a cigarette in a late model white car. She escorted Molly down to her post, but when she returned to her car, the man was still there. She waited in her car for several minutes until he finally left. The day Molly vanished, however, he was not there when Magi dropped her off. A sand truck driver reported seeing him parked in the pond's parking lot just minutes before Magi and Molly arrived that day. A worker noticed a similar car parked at a nearby cemetery connected to the pond by a path. A sketch of him was made and circulated, but no identification has been made. He has brown hair, dark eyes, and was approximately 50 years old at the time of Molly's disappearance. He is possibly a heavy smoker. Though no suspects have been named, the police have several people of interest.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 4, 2002 episode. It was also featured on Haunting Evidence, America’s Most Wanted] and Disappeared.
Results: Unresolved. Three years after Molly vanished, her body was found dumped five miles from the pond at a place called Whiskey Hill. Her killer has not yet been apprehended. However, in 2007, a sex offender named Robert Burno was named a person of interest in her case. He matches the description of the suspect in it. Then, in 2009, convicted murderer Rodney Stanger was named a suspect in her murder. He had lived in the same area as her family at the time of her disappearance. He was also known to frequent the pond and the wooded area where her body was found; he also matched the composite of the man seen by Magi the day before she disappeared. Surprisingly, in 2011, another sex offender named Gerald Battistoni was named a suspect in her case. He also resembled the composite and had frequented the area where her body would later be found. None of them have ever been charged in her case, however, and it is unknown which one, if any of them, are responsible. Battistoni died in November 2014.
To add to the mystery, a ten-year-old girl named Holly Kristen Piirainen, who lived near Warren, was abducted and murdered seven years before Molly was. Interestingly, Molly had written a letter to Holly's family shortly after she disappeared. Both cases are similar, but Holly's has not been featured in the series. Forensic evidence eventually connected a deceased man named David Pouilot to it. Authorities are still investigating Molly's murder, but charges have not yet been filed.
In June 2016, it was announced that "enhanced DNA testing" would be applied to 24 pieces of evidence that have yet to be tested. This new process should be available for use in September 2016.
- Molly Bish at Unsolved.com
- Molly Bish on Wikipedia
- Molly Bish Memorial Site
- New Evidence in Molly Bish case
- Prosecutors to submit evidence in Molly Bish cold case for 'enhanced DNA testing' (June 2016)