Authorities in Massachusetts have announced what could be a significant development in the investigation of the murder of 16-year-old Molly Bish.
Bish vanished after her mother dropped her off for work as a lifeguard at a rural pond on June 27, 2000. Her swimsuit and bones were found in a wooded area three years later. No arrests have been made in connection with her abduction or murder.
Timothy Connolly of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to HLN that potential pieces of evidence will be sent to a lab in Texas for DNA testing. Some evidence had been awaiting processing at a Massachusetts State Police crime lab since October. WCVB reported that the state police lab’s DNA unit has a backlog of 342 cases.
Connolly would not specify what items would be sent or how they are connected to Bish’s disappearance. Investigators hope the items will be tested more quickly at the Texas lab, but Connolly could not speculate regarding when results could come back.
Molly’s sister Heather Bish told the Telegram & Gazette newspaper that police had collected cigarette butts and duct tape from the pond where Molly was working when she was last seen. Bish said additional items that could be linked to the case were taken from the home of a convicted killer in Florida.
She told the newspaper she had been informed by state police last week that those items had not yet been tested.
Magi Bish, Molly’s mother, told HLN’s Nancy Grace in 2006 that her daughter’s backpack, her shoes and an open first aid kit were left behind when she disappeared. Police have pursued thousands of leads in the case.
“When Molly first went lost, you think this can`t be possible. You know, you can lose your keys and you can lose your glasses, but how in America do you lose your child?” Bish said.
Connolly said anyone with information regarding the Molly Bish case can contact the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit at 508-832-9124.