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The mother of missing 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery says she doesn’t feel like her daughter is gone and wants her to know she’s “never stopped looking” for her.
“I don’t feel like she’s gone. I just don’t feel that in my heart,” Crystal Sorey said at a candlelight vigil for Harmony Saturday, according to NBC10 Boston. “Like, I don’t feel like I lost her. And a mother knows, a mother knows if your baby’s here or not. I know she’s here.”
Sorey hasn’t spoken to her daughter since a Facetime call around Easter of 2019 and said her daughter seemed “frightened” at the time, according to a redacted affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
The young girl had been living with her father, Adam Montgomery, after Sorey lost custody of her daughter in 2018 due to a substance abuse problem.
Sorey later regained her sobriety and tried to find her daughter but told police that Adam and his wife Kayla Montgomery “had blocked all communication” from her on social media and their cell phones.
“I’ve been begging for any type of answer since 2019,” Sorey said Saturday.
She said she just wants her daughter to “come home” and delivered a personal message to Harmony.
"Hi, baby. If you can see me and hear me, I want you to know that I never stopped looking for you and I won't stop fighting until I find you, okay? You stay strong and mommy's right here fighting for you. I love you!” she said.
Police have said no one has seen Harmony since late 2019; however, she wasn’t reported missing until November.
Over the weekend, law enforcement officers returned to the New Hampshire home where Harmony was living with her father before she disappeared to search the property at 77 Gilford St., according to The Boston Globe. Officers were spotted Sunday morning taking an orange bucket and blue tarp behind the Manchester home and were later seen taking sheets of insulation from the home around 10:30 a.m., the newspaper reports.
New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill told the news outlet the weekend search was part of “ongoing police activity” but declined to provide further details.
It was the second search of the property, which is no longer owned by anyone connected to the case, The New York Post reports.
Although no one has been arrested in connection with Harmony’s disappearance, police arrested Adam Montgomery last week and charged him with felony second-degree assault, a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, according to a statement from police.
The charges were filed after Adam’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, told police that he saw Harmony with a “black eye” in July of 2019, according to the affidavit.
According to his account, Adam allegedly told him he had given his daughter, who was just 5 years old at the time, the black eye as punishment after he had asked her to watch her baby brother while he went to the bathroom. The baby started to cry while he was gone and Adam told his uncle he returned to find her “holding her hand over the child’s mouth to stop him from crying,” according to the affidavit.
Adam told his uncle that he “bashed her around the house” in retaliation, giving her the black eye, court documents allege.
When questioned about his daughter’s whereabouts by police, Adam told investigators he had not seen his daughter since around Thanksgiving 2019 when he said Sorey came to pick her up. Sorey has adamantly denied that account.
Last week’s arrest wasn’t his only trouble with the law. Adam has a lengthy criminal history that includes shooting another man in the face during a 2014 drug deal, the Boston Globe reports.
Adam’s wife, Kayla Montgomery, was also arrested last week on charges of welfare fraud after she allegedly continued to collect food stamps allocated for Harmony for months, even though the girl was no longer living with the family, according to a statement from The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.
A reward, totaling nearly $100,000, is being offered for any information about Harmony’s current whereabouts.
“If you know anything about my baby, please, I’m begging you to come forward, so she can come home,” Sorey told NBC10 Boston.
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