The last time anyone saw Harmony Montgomery, a then 5-year-old New Hampshire girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, was over two years ago.
But the missing person reviews that have now been mixed up on social media by Manchester Police is not a relic of 2019 or of a long-closed investigation – nor indicative of an interruption in the search to find it.
No, the leaflets were written last week when police learned of Harmony’s disappearance, authorities said.
“There are many questions to be answered from 2019 through December 31, 2021,” Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg told reporters at a press conference on Friday. “And we are working to get those answers with the hope and desire to bring Harmony home to her family.”
It’s unclear exactly how Harmony’s absence went unnoticed or unreported, or potentially both.
Aldenberg said he believed the last time Harmony was enrolled in school she was a student in Massachusetts and likely would have been of kindergarten age. When asked on Friday if she was residing in Bay State at the time, the chief said investigators were still working to determine that as well as where exactly she was attending school.
Urging the public for advice or possible leads, Aldenberg has been unable to provide many details on the investigation to date.
He said on Friday only several times that police spoke with several family members. Authorities are not looking for anyone other than Harmony, he said.
According to police, Harmony is blind in his right eye and “should wear glasses.” Investigators believe she would be around 4 feet tall, weigh 50 pounds and be 7 years old if seen today.
In another press conference on Monday, Manchester Police announced a hotline for all advice on the case, which can be called or texted to 603-203-6060.
In addition, there are $ 12,500 in rewards for tips that lead to Harmony’s Discovery: Manchester CrimeLine, a non-profit organization, is offering $ 2,500, and two local businessmen are offering $ 10,000. combined, Aldenberg said.
“We have a two year window that we are trying to reduce as much as possible, as quickly as possible,” Aldenberg said of the police investigation.
Here’s what we know about the case so far:
What the authorities said
Harmony was last seen in October 2019 at an unspecified residence in Manchester, police said. Aldenberg, when asked to name a specific street, said he was not free to release that information on Friday.
The sighting took place during a service call involving the Manchester Police Department, he said.
“This call for service has been answered, and this is the last time she is seen here in the city of Manchester,” Aldenberg said. “I’m not saying she hasn’t been seen elsewhere. I’m just focusing on the last time she was seen in the city of Manchester.
Police had no reason to return to that address after the call, he said.
Police learned of Harmony’s absence last week, Aldenberg said.
Aldenberg said Monday that police were made aware of the case by the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families.
“For us, being two years behind is extremely worrying,” he said on Friday. “It’s not something that happens regularly, not something that we deal with.”
Police spoke to members of his family, and despite this, their “concerns about his whereabouts remain the same,” the chief said.
The case has become a “priority” for the department’s juvenile division, as is the case with any missing child case in Manchester, he said. Police work alongside DCYF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“I know people are going to be like, ‘Well, it’s 2021, almost 2022, and no one has seen this young girl since the end of October 2019. So what has happened in the last two years?’” Aldenberg told reporters. ” Just a question. Very well. That’s why I’m here today – because we need help. We need help. And we don’t have a lot of answers to a lot of the questions we ask ourselves.
He added, “We cannot investigate things if they are not brought to our attention. “
According to Aldenberg, the case does not meet the requirements for issuing an AMBER alert on cell phones. To send an alert, investigators would need a vehicle she could be in and someone she could be with, he said.
Aldenberg stressed that members of the public should call the police with all information on Harmony’s whereabouts. If anyone thinks they’ve seen her even shortly after she was last reported in 2019, authorities want to know.
All of these details could potentially help cut investigators’ timelines, he said.
“It’s (on) the holidays, and no time is a good time for a child to go missing. But I implore, I ask, I will go so far as to ask for help from the community, ”Aldenberg said on New Year’s Day on Friday. “I don’t care if you saw this young girl a year ago and think it’s irrelevant. Call us and say, “I saw her a year ago. I saw her 18 months ago. I saw her a week ago.
On Monday, Aldenberg said he would not go into details of where Harmony “should have been or who she should have been with.”
The chief also said last week that if the two-year delay was due to some kind of internal breakdown in the law enforcement system, he “would take care of it when (it is) appropriate.”
“But for now, we have to find this little girl,” he said.
“It’s obviously very heartbreaking”
Blair Miller, a Boston 25 News correspondent in Washington, told the station that Harmony was the biological sister of his adopted son, Jamison.
The two children have the same biological mother, Miller said.
“He has a very close relationship (with Harmony), or at least he did and when they were in foster care, and we tried to keep that relationship going, but it’s been very, very difficult over the years. years, ”Miller said. .
Miller said he and her husband had never personally met Harmony, but learned just how close the two were during the adoption process. The couple also have a close relationship with Jamison and Harmony’s mother, he said.
“We always said, how do we get in touch with Harmony because it’s a close part of Jamison’s relationship and something we wanted to continue and we just weren’t lucky,” a- he declared. “And so we see everything that has developed over the weekend, (and) it’s obviously very heartbreaking.”
Miller said his family had been in contact with Manchester Police and shared with investigators information he had gathered on “where we have been told Harmony has been in the past two years”.
According to Miller, he and her husband once inquired about Harmony’s adoption, but the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families told him Harmony had found his father.
“There wasn’t much we could do,” Miller said. “It is certainly heartbreaking to hear that no one knows where she is right now.”
An email to the town hall
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig’s office told WMUR on Sunday that it received an email last week expressing concern for Harmony over issues regarding a DCYF follow-up.
Craig’s office told the person that if they felt Harmony was in danger, they should immediately call 911 or send information to the police.
The individual did not respond to the mayor’s office after that, according to the news station.
Police raided property on Gilford Street
Police raided a residence at 77 Gilford St. on Sunday New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Drone footage showed authorities had pitched a tent in the backyard, the newspaper said, which reported that Aldenberg confirmed the department’s involvement at the site but gave no further information. .
Police were at the scene between 8.29 a.m. and shortly after 2 p.m. on Union leader reported.
A woman who lives at the home told Boston 25 News in an off-camera interview that she had just moved into the home and had never met or interacted with Harmony or anyone in her life. family.
The woman and her neighbors told the station they did not know what, if anything, police found.
Aldenberg stressed on Monday that the current owner “has no involvement in this matter” other than cooperating with investigators.
He confirmed that Harmony had been seen at this address “at some point”. He would not respond to any prior calls to the police at this residence.
“That’s why we were interested in this address yesterday, and if we are to continue to be interested in this address, we will.” said Aldenberg.
‘Enough is enough’
Aldenberg, at times during Monday’s press conference, grew emotional and even frustrated as he asked the audience to come forward.
He said the police effort at the moment is a rescue, not a recovery.
“I don’t care who you affiliate with or who you associate with or how good you think you are doing by not saying anything,” he said. “It’s time to be an adult. It’s time to remember that we are talking about a 7 year old girl. And if that was your child, my child, their child, they would want someone to do the right thing. So frankly, that’s enough. She is a 7 year old girl. Let’s find it.
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