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Family of Caleigh Anne Harrison to team up with Molly Bish’s family at Gloucester child safety event

The family of Caleigh Anne Harrison, the Gloucester toddler who went missing from Long Beach in Rockport in April, is teaming up with the Molly Bish Foundation and Mission for the Missing to hold a child safety day this weekend.

The event, which will be held as part of Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta this Saturday afternoon, will include a child ID kit station where children will be photographed and fingerprinted. Members of the Harrison family will be on hand to help parents create the ID kits for their children.

The 2-year-old Harrison disappeared April 19. She was at the beach with her mother, sister, and the family dog when her mother, looking for a ball thrown over a wall, turned her attention away for as long as two minutes. When the mother returned, Caleigh was gone.

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For a week, State Police investigated, extensively searching the waters in the area under the theory that the girl might have been swept into the sea. Nothing was found.

“One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the recovery of a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information,’’ the Molly Bish Foundation said on its website. The ID kits “allow parents to save valuable time by storing pictures, fingerprints and other data in one easily accessible location.’’

Molly Bish disappeared 12 years ago today from her job as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren. For weeks, investigators combed the woods alongside the pond, looking for any trace of her. In May 2003, Bish’s bathing suit was found five miles from the pond and her remains were found the following month. No one has ever been charged in her death.

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