Cops believe New Hampshire girl who has not been seen for two years is alive

Cops believe New Hampshire girl who has not been seen for two years is alive 2
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The police chief investigating the disappearance of a seven-year-old New Hampshire girl who has been missing for two years said he believes she’s alive and that officers were the last to see her in 2019 in a press conference on Monday. 

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Harmony Montgomery was last seen by cops at a home near the river city of Manchester on October 2019 when she was five years old.

‘We have to operate under the assumption that she is alive and well somewhere and that somebody knows something,’ Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said.

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Her uncle previously said he reported an incident about her to child services back in 2019, but that his nephew stopped talking to him because of it.

Aldenberg said in the conference that the Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) only brought Harmony’s disappearance to their attention last week.

When asked why it took so long for her to be reported missing, he replied: ‘That’s what we’re trying to get to the bottom of.’ 

‘If there was some flaw in the system: Where was it and how is it going to be addressed?’ Aldenberg added after refusing to answer any more questions about the police’s conversations with the DCYF.

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In a press conference on Monday, the police chief investigating the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, 7, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg who has been missing for two years, said he believes she's alive

In a press conference on Monday, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg, the police chief investigating the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, 7, who has been missing for two years, said he believes she’s alive

Anyone with 'legitimate information' was asked to text or call 603-203-6060 - a 24/7 tip line dedicated to finding Harmony

Anyone with ‘legitimate information’ was asked to text or call 603-203-6060 – a 24/7 tip line dedicated to finding Harmony

Harmony was described as four-feet tall and weighs 50-pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and wears glasses because she is blind in her right eye

Harmony was described as four-feet tall and weighs 50-pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and wears glasses because she is blind in her right eye

Aldenberg even got emotional as he announced that the police department was opening a tip line dedicated to information about Harmony’s assault that would be manned by a juvenile detective 24/7.

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Anyone with ‘legitimate information’ was asked to call or text 603-203-6060.

A $12,500 reward was being offered for any information that could lead to finding Harmony. The Manchester crime line was offering $2,500 and a local businessman offered up the remaining $10,000.

Police also showed the two most recent pictures they have of Harmony – one of her in glasses, which Aldenberg said to ‘hone in on’ in order to help find her.

The young girl wears glasses because she is blind in her right eye.

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‘Somebody out there knows something. It is time for people to do the right thing,’ the police chief said as he pleaded with the public to call the tip line. 

Meanwhile, police have said that they are in contact with her relatives, although they refused to disclose which family members, even when asked if police expected Harmony to be staying with her mother or father.

‘Doing so would compromise the investigation, I’m not even going to go near that,’ Aldenberg said.

On Sunday, officers searched a home in Manchester in connection to her disappearance, and where cops last saw her. 

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The home appears to have been owned by a relative of Harmony’s until it was foreclosed in September 2019, a month before her disappearance, according to county records.

At Monday’s news conference, the chief emphasized that the woman who currently lives at the residence has no connection to Harmony’s disappearance and is cooperating in the investigation in any way that she can.

Harmony has been missing since October 2019. The last time she was seen was at a house in Manchester, New Hampshire, after a 911 call had been made

Harmony has been missing since October 2019. The last time she was seen was at a house in Manchester, New Hampshire, after a 911 call had been made

Police searched 77 Gilford Street on Sunday in connection with Harmony's case. County records show the home was owned by a Helen Montgomery, 78, until September 2019

Police searched 77 Gilford Street on Sunday in connection with Harmony’s case. County records show the home was owned by a Helen Montgomery, 78, until September 2019

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Harmony’s uncle told Boston station WBTS that he reported an unspecified incident involving Harmony to the New Hampshire DCYF back in July or August of 2019. 

The unnamed uncle did not reveal any any specifics about the incident.

She was last seen in October of that year.

Harmony is described as being 4ft tall and weighing 50lbs. She has blonde hair, and blue eyes and is said to be wearing glasses due to being blind in her right eye. The last photographs taken of Harmony are from two years ago.

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Manchester Police Chief Allen D. Aldenberg confirmed that officers searched a home at 77 Gilford Street on Sunday, according to New Hampshire Union Leader

Officers arrived at 8.29am and left just after 2pm. Drone footage on social media showed a tent set up in the backyard, the newspaper reported.

The property was owned by Helen Montgomery, 78, and Christina Digirolamo from 2016 until it was foreclosed on September 5, 2019, according to the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds.

The property also appears to have been the home of Kevin Lester Montgomery, 43.

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Kevin and Helen’s relation to Harmony has not been confirmed by DailyMail.com.  

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home, built in 1961, was purchased by a different buyer in May 2020 for $120,000.

‘Manchester police became aware of this this week, and I know people are going to say “Well here it is 2021, almost 2022, and nobody has seen this young girl since late October 2019. So what has happened in the last few years?” Fair question. 

‘That’s why I’m here today. Because we need assistance. We need help. And we do not have many answers to many questions that we have,’ Aldenberg said.

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‘I don’t care if you saw this young girl a year ago and you think it’s irrelevant – call us.’ 

A missing person's report of Harmony's disappearance was filed just last week of December 2021, two years after she went missing

A missing person’s report of Harmony’s disappearance was filed just last week of December 2021, two years after she went missing

Police said they were informed this week through the Division of Children Youth and Families in New Hampshire after several people filed reports of the missing child. 

Authorities have spoken with Harmony’s family members but would not reveal which relatives those were. 

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They said the girl was last seen in the area in October 2019 after police had responded to a call at a house where she was, but they did not disclose the details of the call.

Aldenberg described the case as a ‘top priority’ for his investigators but added that there’s isn’t a lot of information out there for his department to go on about the girl’s disappearance. 

It remains a ‘very active investigation,’ he said, adding that police is not searching for anyone in connection to the case, except Harmony.  

Harmony was last enrolled in school in Massachusetts in 2019, according to the police chief, but detectives don’t know what town. Aldenberg failed to answer whether Harmony was the subject of a custody dispute or if any child welfare agencies had previously alerted police.

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‘I have detectives working on this that all have children of their own,’ Aldenberg said. ‘I do not doubt their level of commitment.’

New Hampshire Child Advocate Moira O’Neill told Manchester station WMUR that her office can’t comment on Harmony’s specific case, but urged anyone with information to come forward. 

‘It’s also sort of a call, a reminder to all of us that we need to be paying attention to children in our neighborhoods. We need to be paying attention when children don’t show up for school, we need to be paying attention when children aren’t keeping medical appointments, anything like that. 

‘We are the safety net for children and we want to be making sure that we know where they are,’ O’Neill said. 

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Manchester police at 603-668-8711 or Detective Jack Dunleavy at 603-792-5561. You can also remain anonymous and call the Manchester Crimeline at 603-624-4040.

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