A pair of pink capri pants described as similar to those worn by 21/2-year-old Caleigh Harrison the day she disappeared from Rockport’s Long Beach last spring has been found on Good Harbor Beach, and both Rockport and Massachusetts State Police, with the help of Caleigh’s family and DNA experts, are trying to confirm whether the pants are, in fact, hers.
According to Rockport police reports, a 59-year-old man walking on the north end of Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach notified officers when he found shreds of the pink Old Navy capri pants — seams, pockets and waistbands still intact — tangled in lobster gear and washed ashore Friday, just days after a nor’easter pounded Gloucester.
Rockport Police Chief John “Tom” McCarthy told the Times Monday that the pants are “very, very similar” to the pink pants that Caleigh was wearing on April 19, the day she disappeared while on an outing at the northern end of Long Beach with her mother, Allison Hammond of Gloucester, along with her then 4-year-old sister Elizabeth, and the family dog.
McCarthy added that Hammond has viewed the recovered pants, but that she has not be able to “confirm with certainty” that they are Caleigh’s.
Rockport Police Lieutenant Mark Schmink said police will send the pants for DNA testing once the family and investigators have had a chance to view the capris.
Schmink added that Caleigh’s father Anthony Harrison — who was estranged from Caleigh’s mother when the girl disappeared — would be unable to identify the pants because, as Harrison told police, he had never seen the clothing worn by Caleigh on the day of her disappearance.
“He had never seen the pants before and he wasn’t with her on this day, so he couldn’t have known them (the pants),” Schmink said.