Where is Missing Harmony Montgomery? Her Dad Won’t Say
The complaint and affidavit in the arrest of the father of a missing 7-year-old girl from Manchester answered some questions about her parents, but her current location is still unknown.
Harmony Montgomery was last seen in Manchester in 2019, but her disappearance was reported to Manchester Police only last week according to Police Chief Allen Aldenberg, who is optimistic that she will be found alive.
"I'm in rescue mode right now. This is not a recovery. All efforts are focused on that Harmony is alive, and we are going to do everything we can to find her in that condition," Aldenberg said at a press conference Monday.
Her father, Adam Montgomery, 31, was taken into custody on Tuesday and passed on an arraignment Wednesday. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail according to the affidavit in the case.
Harmony's Mother Blocked By Her Ex
According to the redacted affidavit, Harmony's mother, Crystal Sorey, contacted Manchester Police on Nov. 18 and said her daughter went missing while with her ex, Adam Montgomery, who had legal custody. Sorey had not seen Harmony since April, 2019, when they met on a Facetime call. During the call, Sorey said her daughter seemed "frightened."
Sorey told police she lost custody to the state of Massachusetts because of substance abuse issues, but is now sober. She tried throughout 2021 to contact Adam Montgomery, but he and current wife Kayla Montgomery blocked Sorey from his cell phone and social media.
She made a call to New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth and Families who provided several addresses they had for Adam Montgomery, but Sorey was unable to locate him. Police were also unable to locate father or daughter at any of the addresses.
DCYF notified Manchester Police on Dec. 27 that Harmony Montgomery could not be located, which led investigators to speak with family members to determine the last time they saw the girl.
Concern for Harmony from Other Family Members
Brother Michael Montgomery told police that he had raised concerns about Harmony's welfare because Adam was "super short" with his daughter. He feared his brother was physically abusive to her, and had been told by other family members that Adam gave Harmony a black eye from punching her.
Harmony is blind in her right eye, but the affidavit and police have not disclosed any connection.
An uncle, Kevin Montgomery, told investigators he saw the black eye in 2019 and notified DCYF. Adam told his uncle he "bashed" Harmony around the house. The black eye resulted from an instance where Adam left the then 5-year-old alone to watch her infant brother, and came home to find her with her hand over her brother's mouth to stop him from crying.
Kevin expressed concern that Adam had relapsed on drug use, and had told him he spanked Harmony "hard" on the butt, and made her stand in the corner for hours and scrub the toilet with her toothbrush.
Kayla Montgomery told investigators that the last time she saw Harmony was in November or December 2019 before going to work. She was under the impression that the child was living with her mother in Lowell, Massachusetts, according to the affidavit. Kayla noticed Harmony's black eye, but Adam explained that one of their other children hit her in the eye with a toy.
Adam and Kayla have three children together who are all accounted for, according to the affidavit.
Kayla told detectives she had not seen Adam since October 2021 because he moved into a sober house and then to Maine to live with another woman. Investigators made contact with Adam, who was sleeping with girlfriend Kelsey Small in a vehicle parked on Harvell Street in Manchester.
Small has dated Adam for over a year and was aware of his children with Kayla and another child with another woman. She did not know Harmony was one of his children.
"I have nothing else to say"
During his interview with police, Adam tried to stop the interview several times and insisted that "I have nothing else to say," according to the affidavit. He told police that he thought Harmony had been with her mother since Thanksgiving 2019, and did not seem concerned that no one had seen her since 2019.
On New Year's Eve, he refused to talk about Harmony's whereabouts, instead telling police that if was not being arrested, he was leaving.
Detectives spoke to Sorey's boyfriend, Joseph Eckert, who said he lived with her in 2019 and had never met Harmony.
Adam Montgomery was charged with a felony assault charge, a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child pertaining to Harmony Montgomery, according to Attorney General John M. Formella.
Montgomery is described as approximately 4 feet and 50 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes and glasses. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call a special number that is manned 24/7: 603-203-6060.
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