Heather Bish Provides Update on DNA – NBC Boston
, 2022-07-18 20:19:32,
Nearly 22 years after Molly Bish disappeared from her lifeguard post at Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts, the search for her killer has hit another roadblock.
Molly Bish’s older sister Heather said in an interview with NBC10 Boston on Monday that the latest update in the case is disappointing for the family.
“This has been a long journey,” said Heather Bish, who revealed that she recently learned a DNA test involving the family member of a potential suspect did not match.
Molly Bish was just 16 years old when she disappeared on June 27, 2000. Her remains were found three years later in nearby Palmer, about five miles away in the woods of Whiskey Hill.
Hope is hard to grasp right now for the Bish family, who has been waiting decades for justice — and now they’ll have to keep waiting.
It’s been more than 20 years since Molly Bish disappeared from her lifeguard post in Warren, Massachusetts.
It was in June 2021 that Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. first announced a breakthrough in the case, revealing that his office was investigating Francis “Frank” P. Sumner Sr. in connection with the teen’s murder.
The district attorney said at the time that new information from an informant had led authorities to the convicted rapist and kidnapper who died in 2016. It was a promising update for the family, and Heather Bish said in a December 2021 interview with MassLive that she had hope her family may get their long-awaited closure after investigators traveled to an Ohio prison to collect a DNA sample from Sumner’s son in order to analyze it in connection to Bish’s case.
Francis Sumner Jr. is incarcerated at the London Correctional Institution in Ohio for aggravated robbery, according to records from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The district attorney’s office declined to address specific details about the case last year, citing the ongoing investigation, but Heather Bish was encouraged at the time, saying she felt like they were getting “very, very close” to solving the case.
Francis “Frank” P. Sumner Sr., a convicted rapist and kidnapper who died in 2016, has been named a suspect in the murder of Molly Bish, authorities announced.
She’s feeling less encouraged now. Following the disappointing update that Sumner’s son’s DNA did not match, Heather Bish said Monday that frustrations are mounting for her family, and there’s a lot they don’t know about the…
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