‘Everybody was failing my daughter’


Crime

A search operation was launched on Sunday night for the missing seven-year-old girl.

Manchester Police load strips of insulation into the back of a truck at 77 Guilford Street as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery. The home is the child’s last known residence, which has not been visited for more than two years. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff


Crystal Sori last saw her daughter on a video call in the spring of 2019. He had an Easter basket ready, but he never got a chance to give it to her.

“For over a year,” she said Greeley Tribune NBC Affiliate, “I stuck to that.”

Speaking for the first time since authorities began searching for 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery, Soare said she had been “begging for answers of any kind for a long time.” He continued, “Everybody had failed my daughter. Everybody.”


Harmony, who had custody of her father, went missing from her New Hampshire home in 2019. But police said they only learned that she was missing late last year. Following reports of his mother’s disappearance in November, they began searching for the child, who is blind in his right eye and described as four feet tall and 50 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and glasses.

The matter has attracted widespread attention and has drawn scrutiny from the State’s Children, Youth and Families Division. After more than two years in which the authorities were not aware of Harmony’s disappearance, there have been several developments in the recent effort to find her. The FBI became involved in the investigation, the reward for the information exceeded $90,000, and officers arrested her father and stepmother.

Adam Montgomery is charged with second-degree assault, custodial interference, and endangering the welfare of a child. His wife, Kayla Montgomery, has been charged with welfare fraud for allegedly collecting food stamp benefits for Goodwill, even though the child was no longer living in their home. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Court documents in the case revealed that a relative had seen the girl with black eyes in July 2019. Her uncle told police that Harmony’s father admitted that he had “beaten her around this house” to keep his newborn brother’s mouth from crying.

A police spokeswoman said investigators spent the weekend searching the Manchester, NH, home where she once lived Washington Post, Television news footage showed patrol cars outside the pale yellow, single-story home, a drone flying overhead. Officers can be seen removing insulation and tarps from the house Greeley Tribune Globe Reported.

Soares, who lost custody of Harmony in 2018 partly due to substance abuse issues, has said that Adam and Kayla Montgomery prevented her from contacting their daughter in 2019. Now calm, she said she had spent months looking for both her and her baby, contacted. Driving to several schools and addresses associated with Adam Montgomery.

In November he contacted the police. The authorities notified the Division for Children, Youth and Families, which replied on December 27 that it was also unable to ascertain the harmony as per court records. Then the search expanded, taking on a new urgency.

NBC Greeley Tribune reported that Soare lit candles during Saturday night’s surveillance for Harmony in a New Hampshire park. She told the station that she and the other attendees “just wish she knew how much she’s loved.” She appealed to the public for help in finding her child.

Even though it’s been two years since she was last seen, Soare said she hasn’t given up hope.

“A mother knows whether her child is here or not,” she said. “So, I know he’s here.”

Asked what she would tell Harmony if she could talk to him, Soare quickly replied: “I want you to know that I never stopped looking for you and I’ll keep going until I find you.” Till I won’t stop fighting. Okay? And you stay strong and mom is right here fighting for you.”