Holly Piirainen

New Hope in a Cold Case?

Holly Kristen Piirainen was born on 1/19/1983 and was the only daughter to Richard and Christina who also had two young sons.

August 5th, 1993 in Sturbridge, Holly Piirainen was just 10 years old when she went with her 5 year old brother to her grandmother’s neighbors to see some new puppies. When her brother returned without her, her family went looking but only found one red tennis show. The boy indicated Holly told him to go home – it is unknown if it was too save him from also being abducted. Despite the family’s immediate search, Holly had disappeared and was nowhere to be found. There was talk that her leaving behind of the shoe could have been intentional, as a sign she had been abducted.

2 16-year old girls up the street from Holly reported seeing a creepy man in a brown truck with a white cap on the street at the time of the abduction. He slowed down to a crawl and creeped them out by driving slowly by them multiple times. The girls noted that he headed up to where Holly had been and when he came back their way he didn’t slow. The truck was driven by a white, middle aged man with facial hair and a cap.

Holly’s skeletal remains were found by Hunters on 10/23/1993 in Brimfield, MA off 5 bridges Road, her cause of death has not been released by police.

More recently, Police have indicated that there has been evidence tying the case to a suspect named David Edmund Pouliot who died in 2003 of CHF/Diabetes but they have not released the details of that evidence. A body was exhumed in the case of a 22 year old named Noah Breaux who died of an overdose 4 years after Holly’s death. It’s been reported that there was a letter buried with Noah, however if there was a letter it seems to have been too deteriorated as nothing seems to have come of the exhumation.

Another person of interest in this case was Randy Stanger, who was also tied to the area. It is unclear if due to the above evidence if he has completely been ruled out in this case.

Holly was laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Grafton, MA.

https://www.boston25news.com/news/local/source-body-exhumed-mass-connection-with-unsolved-disappearance-murder-holly-piirainen/2YVQ7VMJPFAIDG44SX53LJZ2HA/

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/investigation-continues-into-unsolved-murder-of-holly-piirainen/article_e7a01744-2e01-11eb-aa9c-4f8f919b7293.html

https://www.facebook.com/hollypiirainen/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9983226/holly-kristen-piirainen

https://www.chillingcrimes.com/blogs/news/holly-piirainen

https://abcnews.go.com/US/massachusetts-cold-case-linked-dead-man/story?id=15280841

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Holly_Piirainen

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081602/Holly-Piirainen-case-New-forensic-evidence-links-David-Pouliot-1993-abduction.html

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holly-piirainen/id1469338483?i=1000527568621

https://www.owltail.com/people/PFiIn-holly-piirainen/appearances

https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-2001-04-15-hc-archive-holly-piirainen-missing-children-20010415-story.html

Barbara Agnew Murder

Barbara Agnew was a 36 year old Nurse who lived in Vermont. She had been skiing with friends and was returning home when she went missing on 1/10/1987 during a heavy snow storm. Her car was found in a rest stop north of White River Junction in Vermont. There was blood and signs of a struggle in her car which lead to even more concern. Her car was 10 miles from her home where it was found.

If she pulled into the rest area, no one knows why but as an anxious woman driver it could have been anything from needing a break from white knuckle driving in the storm or needing to clean ice off the wipers and was too afraid with the conditions to just pull over on the side of the road.

2 months later, Barbara’s Body was found under an apple tree near Advent Hill Rd in Hartland, VT on March 28, 1987, when the snow began to melt.

A Parapalegic Ex-Drug Dealer named Gary Westover confessed that him and three friends had abducted and killed Barbara on his deathbed. He died shortly after the confession and it’s never been proven. Barbara’s case is largely tied to to the Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer but no motive, and no gain would have come from Westover’s confession. Family reported he was scared he was “going to hell” for his involvement in the murder.

https://www.tampabay.com/archive/2008/01/27/the-haunting/

https://vsp.vermont.gov/unsolved/homicide/agnew

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/ct-barbara-agnew-39-hartford-10-jan-1987.46004/

https://oakhillresearch.blogspot.com/2013/04/gary-westover.html

https://lisamariefuqua.medium.com/unsolved-connecticut-river-serial-killer-case-true-crime-efd5fa339a04

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nh-connecticut-river-valley-killer-1980s.154206/page-6

https://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/21/two-crime-profilers-for-anthony-sanborn-jr-clues-suggest-a-serial-killer/

https://mysterynh.blogspot.com/2019/01/connecticut-river-valley-killer_18.html