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Evidence in Molly Bish murder investigation sent to Texas lab

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Molly Bish, 16, of Warren, Mass., disappeared in June 2000 from a local pond where she worked as a lifeguard. Her remains were found three years later, but the case has never been solved. (AP)

Massachusetts authorities are sending evidence from the Molly Bish murder investigation to a Texas lab for forensic testing, the Telegram and Gazette reported.

Bish was 16 in 2000 and working as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren when she disappeared. Her body was found three years later. Investigators have said she was first abducted, then killed. The murder remains unsolved.

Timothy J.  Connolly, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early, declined to tell the Telegram what items would be sent to the Dallas lab for testing, but did say that some of the evidence gathered in connection with the investigation has been tested in the past.

Connolly said the testing is likely to be done more quickly at Dallas’ Orchid Cellmark than at the state police lab because of the workloads.

Last year, authorities searched the Florida trailer home of Rodney Stanger, a convicted killer possibly linked to Bish’s murder.

Investigators were looking for any clues that might implicate Stanger in the abduction and murder of Bish.

Stanger, 64, who was living in Southbridge, Mass., at the time of Bish's disappearance, abruptly moved to Summerfield, Fla., a few months after Bish was kidnapped from Comins Pond .

Stanger is currently serving a 25-year prison term in Florida for the 2008 stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend, Chrystal Morrison.

The search of Stanger's dilapidated trailer came after Morrison’s sister, Bonney Kiernan, traveled to Florida in June 2012 and uncovered possible evidence in the Bish case from inside the home.  

The items, which were seized by police, include a film showing a blond girl stripping then getting her neck snapped, according to local reports, and a photo of Stanger that bears a striking resemblance to sketches of a suspicious man seen hanging around the pond where Bish worked.

Molly’s sister, Heather Bish, says she's waiting for test results on cigarette butts, duct tape and other items, according to the Telegram.’s Cristina Corbin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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