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New forensic evidence could help solve Piirainen case

Authorities link deceased Springfield man to investigation

Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni discusses a new forensic lead in the Holly Piirainen case during a press conference in Springfield on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
January 04, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni announced during a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 3, that authorities have new forensic evidence that could possibly help solve the nearly 20-year-old mystery surrounding Holly Piirainen's abduction and murder.

Mastroianni joined Sen. Stephen Brewer, Rep. Todd Smola, and several law enforcement officials at Tuesday's press conference at the Hampden County Hall of Justice. He informed members of the press that authorities have used forensic evidence to link David Pouliot, formerly of Springfield, to the area of east Brimfield where Piirainen's body was found in October of 1993. Pouliot died at the age of 49 in 2003, and Mastroianni said this new evidence suggests that he was in the area where her remains were found during the time in question.

"We want the phones to start ringing again, and we are requesting the public's assistance in providing information about Mr. Pouliot," said Mastroianni, who declined to release specific information about the evidence connecting Pouliot to the scene or how it was obtained and tested.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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