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MA State Police: keys lead to dead end, interviewing Stanger Thursday

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The case of Molly Bish, the teenager taken from her lifeguard post 12 years ago, has never been solved.

But now new leads have sent Massachusetts State Police all the way to Florida.

CBS 3 Springfield was the first to learn that Thursday, state police are headed to the prison where former person of interest in the case, Rodney Stanger is being held on unrelated murder charges, to interview him regarding Molly's death and disappearance.

Detective Rhonda Stroup with the Marion County Sheriff's Office in Florida told CBS 3 she met with Massachusetts State Police Monday.

This active investigation is stemming from the discovery of personal items in the Florida mobile home where Stanger once lived with his girlfriend.

He is currently serving jail time for the 2008 murder of his girlfriend, Chrystal Morrison.

Morrison's sister recently traveled to the Florida mobile home to collect her belongings, that's where she found Stanger's wallet with an FID card issued in the weeks before Bish's disappearance, but also two safety deposit box keys.

According to Florida authorities those safety deposit box keys have lead them to a Bank of America in Dunnellon, FL.

Stroup told CBS 3 that Massachusetts State Police asked her to prepare two search warrants: one for that safety deposit box and another for the mobile home.

CBS 3 Springfield was with Molly's sister, Heather Bish at her home when she received the call that the safety box contents did not relate to her sister's disappearance.

"Everyone is hopeful and taking it day by day an literally hour by hour," Heather Bish said.

The information comes on the eve of what would have been Molly Bish's 29th birthday.

Heather Bish told CBS 3 that Massachusetts State Police did interviews with people who know Stanger and they are 'hopeful.'

Bish said that state police described Stanger's abandoned trailer as 'creepy' and mentioned the property was surrounded by surveillance cameras. It is not known if Stanger was the one who put them there.

While the contents of the safety deposit box don't link to Molly, Heather Bish is still confident.

"Our state police will go as far as they can," she said.

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