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    2000 cold case murder of Molly Bish-person of interest named

    I can't believe we don't have a thread on Molly.

    https://www.wcvb.com/article/molly-b...etts/36622524#

    Person of interest named in 2000 murder of Molly Bish

    Authorities have named a person of interest in the 2000 murder of 16-year-old Molly Bish, a lifeguard who disappeared from Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts, nearly 21 years ago.

    Francis "Frank" Sumner Sr. was named a person of interest in the murder of Bish, 5 Investigates first reported.
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    The Worcester County District Attorney's Office says Sumner, who died in 2016, is being investigated in the 2000 murder of the 16-year-old after investigators recently received new information.

    "We got information. Every tip has to be verified. The tip was verified, and as it was verified and corroborated we got more information that led us to this point where we are today where we believe he is a person of interest -- a suspect if you will," said DA Joseph Early.

    Sumner, who was born in 1945, ran auto repair shops in the Spencer, Leicester and Worcester areas. Sumner lived in Spencer before his death.

    Court records show Sumner was convicted of kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman who went to his business to get her car fixed in 1981.

    Sumner lured her To a nearby apartment and attacked her. The victim pushed him away, but Sumner told her, "'Give it to me or I'll kill you,'" according to court records, then choked and raped her.

    Heather Bish, Molly's sister, hopes this is the break her family has been praying for, one that will bring her family justice and some sense of peace.

    "I hope that we're getting closer and I hope that we're coming to an end to this really, really tragic story," Bish told 5 Investigates' Kathy Curran. " I believe if it's not science that's going to figure this out, it's definitely going to be someone who was brave enough to tell their story and tell their piece. And maybe it'll fit into the pieces and and we'll get the whole picture and then the whole story and have a better idea of what happened to Molly."

    The new lead comes as investigators return 57 items that were seized from Molly's bedroom as possible evidence in her murder. They include photos, old ID's, her sunglasses and more.

    "We're getting closer no matter what. So I'm confident in that. But I'm scared. Honestly, I'm I'm kind of scared to know what happened to my sister," Bish said.

    Bish disappeared from Comins Pond on June 27, 2000, setting off a massive search. Her remains were found by a hunter three years later in the woods of Palmer 5 miles away from the pond.

    Investigators are asking the public for tips, specifically looking for information relative to Sumner?s employment practices, which includes personnel, associates, vehicles, travel and any known habits.

    State police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney?s Office encourage anyone with information on Sumner or any additional information on the Molly Bish case to call the anonymous tip line at 508-453-7575.

    A 5 Investigates timeline of the morning Bish disappeared shows at 9:50 the morning of June 27, Molly and her mother Magi Bish walked into a convenience store, the store camera capturing the last image of Molly. They checked in at the Warren Police Department 6 minutes later to pick up her radio.

    Then at 9:58 a.m., she arrived at Comins Pond, set up her chair, but by 10:03, she was gone, her shoes still on the beach. Her lifeguard kit was open.

    Sumner's photo is similar to the man Magi Bish saw lurking at the pond the day before Molly vanished.

    Police say they have received thousands of tips in Bish's case, many about Sumner.

    Sumner was released on parole in 1998.

    Crime scene evidence and DNA from several persons of interest continue to be tested, Early said in an interview last June.

    Investigators said last year, in an interview near the 20th anniversary of the teenager's death, that they were hopeful advances in DNA technology would allow them to eventually come up with a solid profile of Molly's killer.
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    I love hearing this but hate that he died. If it was him he needed to pay for what he did to her. I feel so badly for her family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    I love hearing this but hate that he died. If it was him he needed to pay for what he did to her. I feel so badly for her family.
    Me too. We were watching an old Unsolved Mysteries about it and my husband was asking me about the case, so I googled it and was surprised to see the update from a couple of days ago. I couldn't get the guy's pics to show up, but if you go to the link you can see them. He looks just like the suspect composite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Me too. We were watching an old Unsolved Mysteries about it and my husband was asking me about the case, so I googled it and was surprised to see the update from a couple of days ago. I couldn't get the guy's pics to show up, but if you go to the link you can see them. He looks just like the suspect composite.
    He does look like him. Wow.

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