Investigators say a pair of pants that washed up on Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Friday are consistent with those that toddler Caleigh Harrison was believed to have been wearing the day she disappeared.
Harrison went missing on April 19 when her mother left her and her sister alone on Rockport's Long Beach to retrieve a ball. When her mother returned, the girl was nowhere to be found.
Massachusetts State Police and Rockport Police said shreds of the pants were located in some fishing gear about a mile away from where the two-year-old disappeared.
Investigators said the pants were consistent in size, color and style with those that Harrison was wearing the day she went missing.
Her parents said they were "99.9 percent" sure the pants belonged to their daughter, but were not totally sure because they were not intact. Allison Hammond, Harrison's mother, said she can't remember if they were the same pants Caleigh was wearing when she disappeared.
In April, Hammond told investigators she left Caleigh and her four-year-old sister alone on the banks of the Saratoga Creek, near the footbridge, for up to two minutes while she retrieved a ball for them. It was during that time that Harrison disappeared.
Investigators searched the beach by ground, water and air for a week following the girl's disappearance.
They said the child likely wandered into the water and was pulled out to sea. Investigators said they conducted multiple tests on the currents in the area and found them to be very strong. They said they believe that by the time rescue crews were called, the girl could have been swept far out to sea.
Police said they had no further updates in the case on Monday.
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