Harmony Montgomery: Missing girl’s extended family don’t expect ‘good outcome’ as feds search for her home
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Police returned to the former New Hampshire home of missing Harmony Montgomery on Tuesday as part of a months-long search for the girl’s whereabouts, the state’s attorney general said, as her family expanded was preparing for the worst.
Authorities were seen removing evidence, including a fridge, from a house on Union Street in Manchester where his father and stepmother Adam and his now estranged wife Kayla Montgomery had lived.
“Officials told us that it probably wouldn’t turn out well, or not the outcome that we were hoping for, for Jamison and Harmony to be reunited,” Johnathon Miller, adoptive father of Harmony’s younger brother, Jamison, told FoxNews. Digital. “We always held out hope that Jamison and Harmony could be together again, but today that hope seems to be snatched away from us, especially Jamison.”
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Johnathon and Blair Miller began fostering Harmony’s brother Jamison in June 2019 and legally adopted him in November. They repeatedly offered to host Harmony, as well as reunite the siblings, but never got the chance.
Kevin Montgomery, an uncle of Adam Montgomery who reported allegations of child abuse to investigators and who has since left the state, said he was not told of any developments.
Earlier Tuesday, in a joint statement, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg, U.S. Marshal Enoch Willard and FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta said an interagency team would return to the house where Harmony had lived with her. father and stepmother before his disappearance in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“644 Union Street is the focus of the investigation because it is a location where Adam and Kayla Montgomery previously lived,” law enforcement officials said. Police have already searched another address linked to the family, 77 Gilford Street.
It was not immediately clear whether new evidence had brought them back to the scene, and authorities said they were not ready to release further information. Investigators from multiple agencies deferred requests for comment to the state attorney general’s office, which did not immediately respond.
The house is currently occupied by new tenants who are cooperating with the investigation, and officials have asked the public to respect their privacy.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call a dedicated hotline at 603-203-6060.
Harmony, now 8, disappeared from her father’s custody in 2019, authorities say, but a missing person’s report wasn’t filed until late last year when her non-custodial mother learned that she had never been registered to attend school in her father’s hometown.
Adam Montgomery, the father, has been held without bond since January on child abuse and other charges related to the case. Harmony’s estranged wife and mother-in-law, Kayla Montgomery, has been charged with fraud and other charges after allegedly collecting food stamps in the girl’s name for months after she last saw him. saw and again for lying to the grand jury.
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Adam Montgomery, an abusive ex-convict and drug addict, had claimed he last saw Harmony after handing her over to her birth mother, Crystal Sorey, around Thanksgiving 2019 – a story that police dismissed as false. He was charged with child abuse for allegedly giving the girl a black eye before she disappeared and accused of blocking investigators as they continued to search for the missing child.
Sorey did not immediately respond to messages Tuesday.
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A Massachusetts court’s decision to grant him custody of the girl despite her criminal past has prompted state scrutiny and calls for reform in how the state handles child protection cases. childhood. Authorities in New Hampshire have also called for reforms.