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Dad arrested in 2019 disappearance of New Hampshire girl who was recently reported missing

Dad arrested in 2019 disappearance of New Hampshire girl who was recently reported missing
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On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of the father of a New Hampshire girl who hadn’t been seen since 2019, but the police recently learned of her loss.

Adam Montgomery, 31, was arrested Tuesday on felony second-degree assault and interference with custody and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the disappearance of his daughter, Harmony Montgomery, according to Manchester police.

Harmony, 7, is still missing.

Harmony Montgomery.Manchester Police Department

The Manchester Police Department announced last week that it had just received a report that Harmony was missing, although she has not been seen since late 2019.

“The circumstances surrounding this prolonged absence are extremely worrying and are being thoroughly investigated,” police said.

An affidavit filed on Wednesday in Hillsborough County High Court said Harmony’s mother, Crystal Surrey, called the Manchester Police Department on November 18, 2021, and said she had not seen her daughter in at least six months. She later said she had not seen Harmony, who has been in the physical and legal custody of her ex-husband, Montgomery, since April 2019, when she saw her on a video call.

On December 27, 2021, the New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth and Families notified police that they were also unable to locate Harmony.

Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenburg said during a press conference on December 31 that investigators have determined that Harmony was last seen by police at a Manchester residence during a “call to service” in late October 2019.

Suri told police that she and Montgomery both had substance abuse problems, but she has since become vigilant and has repeatedly tried to locate Montgomery and Hormony. The last time she saw her daughter, in the video call, she appeared frightened, Suri told police, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said police found Montgomery on December 31 sleeping in a car with his girlfriend.

“During our road interview with Adam, he made some contradictory statements as we interacted, which raised our suspicions and concerns about [Harmony’s] well-being,” the letter said.

The affidavit said Montgomery told his ex-wife with whom he had other children that he drove Harmony to Massachusetts to be with Suri, but told police that Suri had come to Manchester to pick up the child.

When the police asked Montgomery where Harmony was, the affidavit said, “I’m not talking to you” and “I have nothing to say.”

The affidavit states that the assault charge he faces stems from an incident in July 2019 in which he allegedly confessed to his concerned uncle that he had injured Harmony with a black eye after she failed to stop her little brother from crying. The uncle told police that Montgomery confessed to him that he “beaten” the 5-year-old “around this house.”

President Aldenberg said Monday during a press conference that the department is “operating on the assumption that she is alive and well, and that’s how we’re going to work until someone convinces me otherwise.”

“I am in rescue mode. We are not in the process of recovery,” Aldenburg said.

Late Tuesday, the Manchester Police Department said that, with the help of donations from community members, the reward for information leading to finding Harmony was $33,000. The FBI was also implicated in the case.

Hours later, police announced Montgomery’s arrest. His trial was scheduled for Wednesday, but the hearing was cancelled. It is not clear if Montgomery has a lawyer.

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