WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Molly Bish’s father watched as his car was stolen just minutes after he finished testifying before a special grand jury investigating the death of his teenage daughter.

John Bish said he returned to his car Thursday after more than two hours of emotional testimony. He put the key in the ignition, then got out of the car to speak with a reporter outside Worcester Superior Court.

When he looked back, the 1997 Ford Escort was “going up the street.”

“The car has a million miles on it,” Bish said. “But my things were inside.”

Sixteen-year-old Molly Bish disappeared from her lifeguard post at Warren’s Comins Pond in June 2000. Her fate was a mystery until last summer, when her remains were discovered in a wooded area of neighboring Palmer.

The case remains unsolved, but Worcester District Attorney John Conte has convened a special grand jury to investigate the case. The 23-member panel began questioning witnesses this week and plans to hear testimony from as many as 100 people. Family members, including Molly’s sister and brother, were among the first witnesses.

“We’re hoping and praying that this will lead to an indictment,” John Bish said. “Even if it doesn’t, it will at least establish solid testimony and some synthesized evidence.”

He said he quickly canceled his credit cards after the car was stolen, but his appointment calendar was also inside.

“I live out of that car,” Bish said. “Fortunately, I had my phone with me and called police.”

Police said Friday that they were still searching for the vehicle.

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