Rockport police and Massachusetts State Police are trying to determine whether a pair of pants that washed up along Good Harbor Beach on November 9 belong to missing 2-year-old Caleigh Harrison, The Gloucester Times reported.
Caleigh was last seen on a Rockport, Massachusetts beach on April 19, playing with her mother, her sister and their dog. Her mother, Allison Hammond, told police she left Caleigh and her 4-year-old sister Elizabeth alone for about two minutes while she went to retrieve a ball that had gone over a wall, and when she returned, Caleigh was gone.
Rockport Police Chief John “Tom” McCarthy told The Gloucester Times that the pants found recently are “very, very similar” to the pink pants that Caleigh was wearing the day she disappeared. Good Harbor Beach is located approximately one mile south of the beach where Caleigh vanished.
A source close to the missing girl’s family reportedly told The Gloucester Times that authorities are planning to conduct DNA testing on the pants to determine if they belong to her.
Following Caleigh’s disappearance, Rockport Police and the U.S. Coast Guard devoted days to extensive water searches for the toddler utilizing divers and sonar equipment, but she was never found.
Caleigh’s father, Anthony Harrison, told HLN’s Nancy Grace last spring that a few days after she vanished, his 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth claimed that she had seen a mysterious man on the beach before Caleigh went missing. However, according to Harrison, the 4-year-old had initially said she did not know what happened and she has since offered a couple of different versions of events.
Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told HLN in May that authorities investigated the possibility that Caleigh was abducted, but they found no signs of foul play.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Caleigh Harrison is urged to contact the Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212.