CONCORD, NH (AP) – Authorities raided the last known residence of Harmony Montgomery on Saturday to investigate the disappearance of the New Hampshire girl, who went missing in 2019 at the age of 5 but has not been reported disappeared only at the end of last year.
Law enforcement was working out of a house in Manchester, said State Attorney General John M. Formella, Hillsborough County Attorney John Coughlin and Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg. Details were not disclosed.
Harmony’s father and mother-in-law were arrested on charges related to his welfare.
Adam Montgomery, 31, has been charged with charges including not having had Harmony in his custody. Kayla Montgomery, 31, has been charged with welfare fraud on suspicion of obtaining $ 1,500 in food stamps from December 2019 to June 2021 for Harmony at a time when the girl was not living with Kayla and Adam.
Both have pleaded not guilty.
Police first learned that Harmony may have been missing when they received a call from the girl’s mother in November. She had been trying to locate the girl for months, police said.
Police say they contacted Adam Montgomery and other family members in late December. An affidavit said police told her Harmony “had not been physically observed for over two years and that we were wondering if she was still alive.”
A candlelight vigil was held in a Manchester park on Saturday night where family and friends sought to remind the public Harmony is still missing, NBC10 Boston reported.
The girl’s mother, Crystal Sorey, made her first public appearance since the search began, telling the station she didn’t feel her daughter was gone.
âI just don’t feel that in my heart,â Sorey said. âLike, I don’t feel like I lost her. And a mother knows, a mother knows whether your baby is there or not. I know she’s here.
Sorey lost legal custody of Harmony in 2018 and said she was prevented by her ex-husband from contacting her.
She had this message for her daughter: âHi, baby. If you can see me and hear me, I want you to know that I have never stopped looking for you and that I will not stop fighting until I find you, okay? You stay strong and mom is here to fight for you. I love you.”
Police are still asking the public for help in locating Harmony, Formella said in a statement. Anyone with information can call 603-203-6060, he said. Manchester Police also said a reward for information that helps find Harmony has also increased to $ 94,000 through local donations, WMUR-TV reported.
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