, Gloucester, MA


November 14, 2012

Editorial: Family's 'closure' our best hope

The discovery of a small and shredded pair of pink pants – described by Rockport Police Chief John “Tom” McCarthy as being “very, very similar” to those worn by little Caleigh Harrison on the day the 21/2 year-old Gloucester toddler disappeared from Rockport’s Long Beach last April — has no doubt rekindled all of the feelings of heartbreak felt by this entire community in the days and weeks that followed the April 19 incident.

And those feelings certainly do provide support and sympathy for the family, which, of course, can and will never forget that day and its aftermath — which, for a time, included speculation and even reported claims from Caleigh’s then-4-year-old sister that the little girl might have been abducted.

Yet, we can only hope and pray that the pants — if they are ultimately confirmed through DNA evidence as Caleigh’s — and possibly more evidence that might be found through a land search being coordinated today by the Mission for the Missing group (See news story, Page 1) may at least give the Harrison and Hammond families a sense of closure, so they can have some confirmation as to what happened that day.

Let’s all try to keep them in our hearts and prayers today — and in the days and weeks to come.

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