GLOUCESTER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Two families that share one tragedy joined together in Gloucester on Saturday in an event they hope will keep other families from suffering.
The family of Caleigh Harrison, the toddler who went missing from a Rockport beach a few months ago, teamed up with the Molly Bish Foundation to fingerprint kids and take pictures that will go in a national database.
The Mission for Missing Children helped to put the event together at the St. Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester.
Molly Bish disappeared from her lifeguard post at Comins Pond in Warren in 2000. Her body was found three years later, but her killer was not.
Caleigh Harrison's family still hopes to find their little girl. While they wait for answers, they are partaking in events like the one held on Saturday in hopes that they can help other parents.
Caleigh's mother tells FOX 25 that Caleigh's sister Lizzie has been talking about her sister a lot more.
FOX 25's Tyisha Fernandes asked Allison Hammond if Lizzie has been asking where her sister is.
"No, because she knows nobody knows, and I know she's confused about it because she was the last one to see her. She says, I didn't see anything, I didn't hear anything, it's just hard on her," says Hammond.
Rockport Police updated Lizzie's fingerprints and photo so they could be entered into the database. Caleigh had the same thing done before she went missing, but since there has been no trace of her on land, or in the water, the information has not been used.
"If we can save one child for one family from going through what I go through everyday, that would be huge," says Caleigh's father, Anthony Harrison.
The Harrison family also used the event to hand out safety tips for children. The cards they put together included water safety tips.
"It doesn't necessarily take the pain away, but it puts the focus on something positive," says Anthony Harrison.
Harrison says his hope begins where many parent's worst nightmare ends.
"I've said this a thousand times, our hope starts with a parent's worst nightmare, that someone has my child," says Anthony.
If that turns out to be the case, Caleigh's information is on file because of events like the one held on Saturday.