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Personal Story: Sarah Pryor

Jan 13, 1976 to Oct 9, 1985

Blond, hazel eyed, nine year-old Sarah Pryor, went for a walk outside her family’s home in Wayland on a beautiful October afternoon. She was never seen again. Sarah, her parents, and her 15 year-old sister and 17 year-old brother had moved to Massachusetts six weeks earlier.

A month later, a paroled murderer emerged as a prime suspect when he attempted to kidnap a young girl from a near-by neighborhood. Circumstantial evidence placed him on Sarah’s path the day of her disappearance. In 1986, he was returned on parole violation to Texas to serve out his original life sentence. Every three years, Sarah’s mother, family, and friends must actively fight against his parole.

After 13 years of searches, tips, and false sightings, a bone fragment was identified through new DNA technology as that of Sarah. She was laid to rest on January 13, 1998, on what would have been her 22nd birthday. Sarah was an enthusiastic, happy child who loved her family dearly and lived life to its fullest every single day of her short time on earth.

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