Manchester, NH Police Search for Girl Missing Since 2019
Manchester Police are looking for a 7-year-old girl who has not been seen since October 2019.
Harmony Montgomery's disappearance was only reported to police this week who have been investigating her disappearance non-stop since, according to Chief Allen D. Aldenberg.
"The circumstances surrounding this prolonged absence are very concerning and are being thoroughly investigated," the chief said in a post on the department's Facebook page. All available resources and personnel are being used in the search, according to Aldenberg.
"We're searching everywhere. We're using every available resource available to the Manchester Police Department and wherever that takes us is where we will go," Aldenberg said during a press briefing on Friday afternoon.
Police were called to home where the girl was in Manchester in October for a matter that was handled which turned out to be the last time she was seen in the city.
"I'm not saying she wasn't seen someplace else I'm just focusing on the last time she was seen in the City of Manchester," Aldenberg said, adding that if a lead comes in about another location he would call that local police department for assistance.
No Lead is Too Small or Insignificant
Aldenberg said he was "begging" anyone who thinks they may have seen her anytime in the past two years to contact police in an effort to narrow down locations. He did not have a specific vehicle investigators are looking for.
He acknowledged that the two years that have passed since Montgomery was last seen is a long time and detectives have spoken to several members of the girl's family.
"We cannot investigate things if they are not brought to our attention. When this was brought were we on it," Aldenberg said.
He would not say if investigators have spoken to her parents or if there were any custody issues.
"There's many questions that need to be answered from 2019 to where we are, December 31st, 2021 and we are working to get those answers with the hope and desire to bring Harmony home to her family," Aldenberg said.
She was not enrolled in Manchester public school and last attended school in Massachusetts but Aldenberg was not sure where she was living.
Aldenberg said police were notified by a combination of reports from New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families and individuals whose identities were not disclosed.
Montgomery is described as approximately 4 feet and 50 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes and glasses. She is blind in her right eye.
Aldenberg asked anyone with information about Montgomery to call the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711.
Disappearance of Elijah Lewis
Montgomery is the second child from the Manchester area whose disappearance was reported to police after a long period of time. Six-year-old Elijah Lewis of Merrimack went missing in April but police were not notified until October.
After a search of a pond in the backyard of his mother's boyfriend's home Lewis' remains were found at Ames Norwell State Park in Abington, Massachusetts on Oct. 23.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Massachusetts has determined that the cause of Elijah’s death was violence and neglect, including facial and scalp injuries, acute fentanyl intoxication, malnourishment and pressure ulcers. The manner of death was homicide.
His mother, Danielle Denise Dauphinais, 35, and boyfriend Joseph Stapf, 30 are still being held without bail on charges of witness tampering and child endangerment. Additional charges are dependent on what actions took place in what state, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.
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