“Compelling information” gathered in search for car linked to Molly Bish case

The car is being considered the strongest clue into Bish's disappearance.

WEST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A private investigator says that a ground-penetrating radar search of a campground in West Brookfield has yielded “compelling information” in the investigation into the 2000 murder of Warren lifeguard Molly Bish.

Dr. Sarah Stein, a private investigator who has worked for the Bish family since 2003, led the search for a white car suspected to have been buried at the Old Sawmill Campground. Bish’s mother says she saw a white car the day before her daughter vanished. It was also allegedly seen in the area on the day of her disappearance.

The car is being considered the strongest clue into Bish’s disappearance.

“We are searching for a vehicle that was in possession of our suspect at the time of her, related to her abduction and murder, and any other evidence related to her abduction and murder,” Stein said.

Bish was 16 years-old when she vanished from Comins Pond. It wasn’t until three years later in 2003 that investigators found her remains in Palmer.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Peter Massey of the University of New Haven (who helped conduct the search) said that Thursday’s search yielded some anomalies below the surface of the earth at the campground. He said that they are going to further map-out the area and investigate over the coming days.

Stein said that they cannot definitively say that the pattern is consistent with that of a car, but that the pattern is somewhat consistent with what they are looking for.

“We know that we found something,” Stein said.

No one has been arrested in connection to Bish’s disappearance and murder, but Stein said that they have “extremely compelling information” on a person of interest. Details about that person are not being released at this time.

Stein said that the information they obtained Thursday will lead them to further investigation there over the next several days.