Harmony Montgomery’s mother says her pleas were disregarded


“By the time the spies got involved, I probably had about 16 e-mails” [full] Information for him already … because I was already looking for him for a year and a half.”

Harmony Montgomery’s mother, Crystal Renee Soare, was at Manchester’s Bass Island Park with family and friends to fly and candlelight on January 8. Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

The mother of Harmony Montgomery, the New Hampshire girl who was last seen in 2019 at the age of 5, says her calls and pleas to authorities and the state’s child welfare agency to help locate her daughter have taken months. Till it fell on deaf ears.

Crystal Sore said Greeley Tribune Globe His arguments gained strength after he wrote a desperate e-mail to Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig on 29 December.

Sore wrote in his message, Sadbhav, who is blind in one eye, was missing for months. The girl should have been in the custody of her father, Adam Montgomery, but she was no longer attending doctor’s appointments.

The state’s Children, Youth and Families Division had done “nothing” to aid Sore, he wrote.

“Please,” Soare wrote to Craig. “I’m begging for help finding my daughter.”

The e-mail came after months of efforts to assist authorities in locating his missing daughter, the newspaper reported.

“It just amazes me that this is where we are now,” said Soare, 31, who lost custody of Harmony in 2018 due to substance abuse issues. globe recently. Sori also has a criminal record.

“Because no one wanted to listen to me because of my past. … I am still a person, my daughter is still a person, ”said Soare. “She is someone.”

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This photo of Harmony Montgomery is provided by Manchester Police.

Documents filed in court against Adam – now charged with allegedly assaulting his daughter – indicate that Soare first called Manchester police in November.

According to the affidavit, the police contacted the DCYF and obtained the addresses linked to Adam. Officials checked those addresses without success, however, the paperwork says.

The filing also indicates that the DCYF told officials a month after Soare’s police phone call on December 27 that the division was unable to locate Harmony.

That’s when the police launched a formal investigation into the missing child, records show. The department made its first public appeal for suggestions in the matter on December 31.

Sore and another relative who spoke to him globe It was alleged that it was only after Sore’s e-mail to the mayor that the authorities started taking the matter seriously. Sore also threatened to bring the story to the media if his call was ignored.

In the weeks that followed, police arrested Adam and his wife, Kayla Montgomery. The latter has been accused of defrauding the state of more than $1,500 in welfare benefits to Harmony.

Manchester Police spokesman Heather Hamel said globe The department “immediately” contacted DCYF following Soare’s call on 18 November.

However, the newspaper reported that the department did not provide specifics about the search for Adam’s previous addresses, such as how many housing officials searched. According to the outlet, the department also declined to provide a timeline of its work on the matter between November 18 and December 29.

DCYF declined to comment on the matter due to confidentiality rules, globe Reported.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Manchester Police Chief Alan Aldenburg defended his department’s work on the matter.

“I think the narrative wants to be out there — that the public, the family, maybe, whoever, wants to blame,” Aldenburg said. “And I think it’s a natural reaction when it comes to things like this. I’m not going to do that right now.”

That same day, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said in his own press conference that he had directed the DCYF to conduct an internal review of how it handled Harmony’s case.

However, procedure is standard in “serious” cases involving children and they are confident that the DCYF has been on top of this, he said.

“As soon as we came to know that this child has not been coming to school for a long time, we were informed, the team took over it,” the governor said. “There was no delay. It wasn’t sitting on someone’s desk in a file. They proceeded on exactly that, which I give them credit for.”

Sore said in an interview globe She began searching for her daughter in 2019 after Adam and Kayla stopped her from contacting them.

She moved in and out of quiet homes and shelters after losing custody, but reports filed in court indicate that Sore has been sober ever since.

Soare told the newspaper that he called schools in New Hampshire where he thought Harmony might be a student, used paid Internet search tools to gather addresses linked to Adam, and contacted Manchester Police. Tried repeatedly contacting DCYF earlier.

“I didn’t just sit around and say, ‘Oh they took my daughter, I’m just going to get high, man,'” she said. “By the time the spies got involved, I probably had about 16 e-mails” [full] Information for him already … because I was already looking for him for a year and a half.”

A Greeley Tribune 25 News report earlier this week found that officers received 13 calls for service over a five-month period in 2019 at the Manchester home where Harmony was last seen.

On August 5 of that year, a neighbor called “about a young child living at that address” with concern, “there was no electricity, just a small generator and there is garbage everywhere.”

DCYF was contacted to probe the situation and officials determined, “Everyone has home, generator is running, there is food in the house, they are healthy. All is well,” as per the police report.