A man has been arrested in the case of his missing 7-year-old daughter, New Hampshire authorities announced Wednesday, the latest twist in the case of Harmony Montgomery’s disappearance, which remains unsolved.
And new details in the investigation were made public on Wednesday as Adam Montgomery, a 31-year-old man from Manchester, was in court following his arrest on Tuesday.
Montgomery was arrested on a warrant charging him with second-degree felony assault stemming from the 2019 conduct against Harmony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child regarding Harmony, the New Hampshire attorney told the general’s office.
Despite the arrest, the search for Harmony continues, authorities said.
Adam Montgomery was arraigned around noon Wednesday in Hillsborough County North Superior Court, but he did not appear in court after his arraignment and bail terms were agreed to by attorneys.
Previously, Montgomery was sentenced to 18 months in prison after shooting a man in the head in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said Montgomery shot the victim as he attempted to rob him in 2014. He pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, stealing a person, carrying a weapon without a license and shooting a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
Like the Eagle Tribune reported at the time, prior to his guilty plea, Montgomery had been charged with assault with a weapon for murder.
The father of Harmony Montgomery, 7, is accused of assaulting her before she disappeared more than two years ago.
According to court documents, it was Harmony’s mother who first informed police in November 2021 that her daughter was missing, but police were unable to locate Adam Montgomery, who had custody. legal.
“She said, ‘As a mother, I have a feeling that something is wrong,'” Kevin Montgomery, Adam’s uncle, told NBC10 Boston.
Last week, the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families contacted police saying they also couldn’t find the girl.
“The loss of a baby girl is tragic,” said Jesse O’Neill, assistant attorney general for New Hampshire. “A 7-year-old girl who has been missing for two years, she’s a girl, she’s a sister.”
Harmony’s mother had lost custody of Adam Montgomery due to substance abuse issues, according to court documents. But when she regained sobriety, she started looking for Harmony – her father reportedly blocked all contact.
The mother had been trying for months to find the child, even calling different schools. After hearing from DCYF last week, Manchester Police finally found him alive in a car. He told police he gave Harmony to his mother around Thanksgiving 2019.
But the police found her story inconsistent, and Montgomery eventually stopped cooperating.
Kevin Montgomery said he told police he observed Harmony with a black eye in the summer of 2019.
“I walked into the house and Harmony had a black eye, like you see in a boxing match between two men,” Kevin Montgomery said.
He was visiting the Manchester home and asked about the injury.
“He hit her in the apartment, those are his exact words,” Kevin Montgomery said. “I may have missed it a bit, but that’s pretty much what he said.”
He also told investigators that, according to court documents, he observed other forms of abusive discipline, including Harmony being forced to stand in a corner for hours and being asked to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush.
Kevin Montgomery says family members made several reports to the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families.
“I don’t know how they missed it,” he told NBC10 Boston.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, a young girl last seen in 2019, is asked to call 603-203-6060.
A reward is offered as part of the deal. The proposed total was increased to $43,000 on Wednesday, Manchester Police said.
Police said at a news conference on Friday they only learned of Harmony’s disappearance last week when they received a call from DCYF. She had not been seen since late 2019.
Police had not said who Harmony was supposed to live with for the past two years.
“The circumstances surrounding this extended absence are very concerning and are being fully investigated,” the department said in a statement Friday.
Detectives have been investigating “non-stop” since becoming aware of Harmony’s disappearance, the department added. They work in conjunction with DCYF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The FBI has also joined the investigation.
“At this time, I have devoted all available resources and personnel to locating Harmony. I encourage anyone to contact Manchester Police Department with any relevant information that will assist us in locating Harmony,” the statement said on Friday. Police Chief Allen Aldenberg.
The last time Harmony was seen, Aldenberg said, was on a Manchester Police Department call in October 2019 at a residence in the city. He said it was possible she had been seen somewhere outside of town since that time, however.
“For us to be two years behind is extremely concerning. It’s not something that happens to us on a regular basis,” he said. “It doesn’t happen every day.”
Aldenberg said investigators spoke with “many family members” but did not disclose whether that included her parents or who reported her missing. He said the last time she was enrolled in school was in Massachusetts.
Authorities in Manchester, New Hampshire are looking for a child who was last seen two years ago.
No Amber Alert has been issued, he said, because investigators have not reached the threshold to issue one, given that there is no specific information about who Harmony might be with. be or on a vehicle in which it could be.
The New Hampshire children’s advocate told NBC10 Boston on Tuesday that the case was unusual.
“It’s very rare for a child to be out of charge for two years,” said Moira O’Neill, New Hampshire’s Children’s Advocate, an independent watchdog agency that monitors all child services provided by the state. .
She can’t go into detail about Harmony’s case, but said her office typically investigates whenever a missing child report comes in.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services said, “Federal and state law require us to protect the privacy of the children and families served by and those engaged with the Division of children, young people and families”.
Aldenberg said he would like to know why it took so long for Harmony to go missing, but for now he is focused on his search.
“We have to operate on the assumption that she is alive and well somewhere. And someone knows something,” he said.
Harmony is described as 4 feet tall, weighing around 50 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and glasses.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Manchester Police at (603) 668-8711 or lead investigator Jack Dunleavy at (603) 792-5561. Anonymous advice can also be called at Manchester Crimeline (603) 624-4040.