Molly Bish, 16
That night, Magi asked her daughter if she felt safe at the pond and warned her about the man. "Don't worry, Mom," she replied. "It's just a fisherman. I'm okay." But at 1:30 the next afternoon, police called Magi, a teacher, and told her Molly's belongings, including her shoes, were lying on the beach, but that Molly-by all accounts a responsible girl who never skipped a day of school -- had vanished. "We know Molly," says her mother, who alerted her husband, John Bish, 52, a parole officer, and rushed to the beach with Molly's older sister Heather, 24, "so our fears were immediate."
And well-founded. A search involving police dogs, helicopters and even satellite pictures of the area failed to turn up a clue. Molly's brother John, 21, a former lifeguard at the same pond, frantically checked its depths with other divers, and Warren residents walked shoulder to shoulder through the dense surrounding forests and found nothing. A year later, police, treating the case as a criminal investigation, have "a handful of suspects," including prior sex offenders, says Worcester County D.A. John Conte, who adds, "That she's alive out there is a hope. It's not based on substantial evidence."
Ironically the Bishes had moved to Warren from Detroit in 1979 after a friend's daughter was abducted and murdered. "We believed it to be safer," says John, "but predators and sex offenders come to the suburbs too."