(NECN: Josh Brogadir) - Both of Caleigh Harrison's parents have now seen the pink clothing that washed up on a Gloucester beach on Monday, and neither could say definitively that it was their daughter's, though it does match the description of what she was wearing that day she disappeared.
And so, another exhaustive search is planned for this area, this time here along Good Harbor Beach.
"It's kind of a perfect mixture of sadness and relief," said Maureen Flatley of the group Mission for the Missing.
Tangled in the snarled fishing lines and pieces of broken lobster traps that washed ashore on Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester after the nor'easter last week was a tattered piece of pink clothing, found by a man walking on the beach. Investigators think the scrap is part of a pair of children's pants.
Long Beach in Rockport is just a mile north of Good Harbor, and Long Beach is where two-year-old Caleigh Harrison went missing on April 19, while she was with her mother and sister. It is also where police joined forces with countless volunteers to scour the sea and shoreline to no avail.
"This is really the first time that there's been anything tangible to kind of speak to that result," Flatley said.
That result, nearly seven months later, is that Caleigh drowned that day, according to Flatley, a Mission for the Missing volunteer and a Harrison family friend.
She said the Harrison side of the family has come to terms with that sad conclusion and that this could lead to much more than just a clue about what happened.
"The major point, I think, that the pants raise is what else is out there that we can find," Flatley added.
And it is here that a group of volunteer investigators will descend on Wednesday, to search in the ocean and on the shore.
Fifteen divers will be in the water, with at least half a dozen search dogs along the beach as well.
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