• Family remembers Holly Piirainen 25 years after her abduction & murder

    By: Bob Ward


    This Sunday marks 25 years since 10-year-old Holly Piirainen was abducted in a quiet Sturbridge road.

    Weeks later, Holly's body was found about five miles away, in Brimfield.

    The Piirainen family, 25 years later, is still searching for answers and seeking justice.

    "It was so surreal when it happened, I can't understand it, [how] someone could do that to an innocent child," said Carla Piirainen, Holly's aunt.

    Carla says she and her family have never stopped looking for Holly's killer ever since she disappeared on Aug 5, 1993.

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    Holly and her then five-year-old brother had stopped on the corner of South Shore and Allen roads to look at newborn puppies when all of a sudden Holly was gone.

    The only thing found at the scene was one of Holly's sneakers. More than two months later, hunters found her body in the woods of Brimfield near Five Bridge Road.

    Holly's killer has never been found.

    "I thought it was going to get solved a lot sooner, like a year or two," said Carla. "Then a year goes by, five years, all of a sudden its seven years, then ten years. It still feels like yesterday, and now here we are at 25 years, it's hard to believe it's been this long."

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