Holly Piirainen Remembered 25 Years After Murder


Holly Piirainen Tip Campaign Flyer – WBZ-TV/Youtube

The family of a Grafton girl who went missing in Sturbridge in August of 1993 is holding a vigil today, 25 years after her remains were found.

Holly Piiranien was 10 years old at the time.  She and her brother had been visiting her grandparents in Sturbridge when it is believed she was murdered.  Reports at the time said that she and her brother had gone to a neighbor’s house to look at puppies.  One of her shoes was found by the side of a road that day, but it wasn’t until 2 months later, on October 23rd, 1993 when Piiranien’s remains were found by hunters in nearby Brimfield.

No one has ever been charged with her death.

On Sunday, October 21st, Piiranien’s family is holding a tip campaign and vigil to try to help close the case after all these years.  They are hopeful it will generate new leads into the girl’s disappearance.

In a recent interview with WBZ-TV, Holly’s grandmother Maureen Lemieux said to have someone finally brought to justice,  “would be wonderful.  It would relieve us of that burden of doubt.”

The event, “Hope for Holly” will take place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main Street in Sturbridge from 12 noon until 6PM.  It will feature cold case consultant Dr. Sarah Stein and members of the Center for the Resolution of Unresolved Crime.

If you are unable to make the event, and you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit at (413) 505-5993.