Investigators searching for Harmony Montgomery unveiled Monday they narrowed the scope of what happened when the New Hampshire girl went missing for 13 days in late 2019, when her family was homeless, officials said , officials said.
Manchester police evicted Harmony, her father Adam, his wife Kayla and the couple’s two shared children from a home at 77 Guilford St on 27 November of that year and lived in two cars in the days that followed, the New Hampshire Attorney General U.S. office, the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and police said in a joint statement.
“Many individuals have reported seeing harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days; however, as of approximately December 6–10, 2019, Adam and Kayla apparently only had two normal children, and Harmony is now with them.” It was not,” the officials said. “This information leads police to believe that Harmony Montgomery went missing during this window of approximately November 28 to December 10, 2019.”
Witnesses told officers the family was living out of cars at the time, possibly in the north end of the city.
Investigators released stock photos of the two vehicles the family was believed to be living in, hoping to generate new clues to the case.
One was a silver, 2010 Chrysler Sebring and the other a dark blue, 2006 Audi S4. However, officials noted that the actual condition of the cars in 2019 was “worse than what is depicted in these photos.”
“Also, Sebring’s previous license plate was skewed,” officials said.
The latest developments indicate that the authorities have set a more manageable timeline for the case. Harmony was originally reported missing in November – apparently two years after she was last seen.
The police timeline also contrasts with reports from Adam and Kayla Montgomery provided to the police.
Adam, now charged with assaulting Harmony, told investigators he had not seen his daughter since he brought her to live with her mother around Thanksgiving 2019, court documents show. show. Kayla has also told the police that she last saw or heard about the little girl, who was 5 years old.
Harmony’s mother, Crystal Souri, has denied having received her daughter at the time.
Kayla appeared in Hillsborough Superior Court North on Monday for a bail hearing on the updated charges: theft by deception, one Class A felony, and two misdemeanors.
Prosecutors allege that Kayla collected more than $1,500 in welfare benefits for Harmony long after she last saw the girl. He pleaded not guilty.
Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill argued that Kayla should remain on $5,000 bail, alleging, without evidence, that she is withholding information from investigators.
There’s no indication that O’Neill was with Harmony Soares after Thanksgiving 2019. Soare told investigators that he last saw his daughter on a FaceTime call at Easter that year.
O’Neill said Soares has been “fully investigated” in the case and has been “extremely cooperative” with the authorities.
With Harmony still missing, Kayla is a flight risk, he said.
“She knows what we’re going to learn from the investigation,” O’Neill said.
Kayla’s attorney, Paul Garrity, said Kayla should be released on personal identification, which he said is “usually” called for in cases involving her client’s allegations.
“The charges before the court are two misdemeanors of Class A felony theft and welfare fraud,” he said, adding that “whatever has been suggested or pointed out by the state is not before the court.”
Garrity described Kayla’s criminal record as “relatively modest” and consisted mostly of misdemeanors. He said that she had failed to appear in the court earlier.
He requests Kayla to be released by the time she enters a substance abuse treatment program in Nashua.
Judge Amy Messer sided with Garrity in an order filed Monday afternoon.
“The Court is aware of the serious nature of the State’s investigation [Harmony Montgomery],” Messer wrote. “However, the issue before the court at this time is the defendant’s flight risk based on the charges of theft and welfare fraud. Taking into account the evidence and arguments presented, the Court does not find that the State has met its burden to show
There is clear and convincing evidence that there are no conditions which the court may lay down which would reasonably assure his presence on the charges pending against him. ,
Messer ordered Kayla to continue on $5,000 bail, but could be released on personal identification if she enters and completes the treatment program.
Messer also set several conditions for Kayla’s release, including that she checks in daily with Manchester Police by phone, has no contact with Adam Montgomery, and does not travel outside New Hampshire. The treatment program is also required to notify the state if Kayla is gone for any reason.
Prizes for information leading to Harmony’s location are above $100,000.
The police continued to seek help from the public in the matter on Monday as well. Tips can be left by calling or texting the 24-hour hotline at 603-203-6060.
“Any piece of information, no matter how small or insignificant, can contribute to the overall investigation,” the officials said.
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