WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The parents of Molly Bish, Magi and John, released a statement on Thursday saying they are hopeful that investigators are close to a resolution in their daughter's case.
On Wednesday, Francis “Frank” P. Sumner Sr. was named a person of interest in the 2000 murder case.
Sumner, who died in 2016, is being investigated in the murder, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Here is the full statement from Magi and John Bish:
“It is with grateful hearts that we extend our appreciation to the work of the Massachusetts State Police Detectives, particularly Detective Michael MacDonald, and Worcester District Attorney’s office, and the determination of both former DA John Conte and current DA Joe Early. To the reporters who shared Molly’s story, we could not be here today, without your help. To our family and friends, we are forever grateful for your love and strength supporting us over the past 21 years. Our hearts are heavy with our loss and the reality of what may have happened to our daughter, but we are hopeful that there will be resolution and that no one else will ever be harmed. We are proud of Molly’s legacy of keeping children safe, advocating for families, and we feel it most strongly right now, reflected in our community. Thank you to those brave people who provided tips and information to the detectives. We recognize how hard and scary that can be. Our community took action on June 27, 2000 and they have not stopped supporting our search for the person responsible for hurting our Molly. You have buoyed us. When they say, it takes a village to raise a child, our village in Warren Massachusetts has carried our broken hearts, and now helps us heal. We are so grateful for each and everyone of you. Thank you”
Anyone with information on Sumner or any additional information regarding the Molly Bish case is encouraged to call the district attorney’s anonymous tip line at 508-453-7575.