Steve McCarthy

2001: Holly Piirainen One Of Dozens Of Unsolved Cases

Holly Piirainen was your typical preteen. She had a slumber party on her 10th birthday, thought "The Simpsons" was cool and loved puppies.

It was the prospect of seeing a litter of newborn pups at a nearby cottage that lured Holly away from her grandparents' summer home in Sturbridge, Mass., in 1993. She never reached her destination. Instead, she vanished, leaving behind only a single, bright-red sneaker.

With her disappearance, Holly became the typical abducted child.

Hers is among 59 unsolved cases of possible abduction in New England over the last 30 years, each resulting in a death or disappearance that wracked a community and left police...