The uncle of a missing New Hampshire girl says the last time he saw her in 2019, she “looked liked a scared puppy.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Manchester police received reports from individuals, along with the state Division of Children Youth and Families that 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery was missing. She was last seen in 2019, though apparently, no one reported her missing until December 31, 2021.
It’s still unclear who reported her missing.
Harmony’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, 43, lived with several family members in a Manchester home in 2019, when a family spat broke out, Daily Beast reports. Kevin’s nephew, identified as Harmony’s father, reportedly cut off all contact with numerous relatives following the feud, including blocking them on social media.
“Then the pandemic hit, and I just assumed Harmony and that side of the family was ok. I was worried, of course, but assumed everything was ok because I had not heard anything,” Kevin told the outlet.
On Sunday, police searched a home off of Gilford Street in Manchester, in connection with Harmony’s disappearance. They spent several hours searching inside and dug a hole in the backyard, according to area residents.
Some of the neighbors reportedly said they previously made complaints to city officials about the subpar living conditions at the home, but nothing was ever done about it. Others remember Harmony as a nice, quiet child who never caused any problems.
Manchester Police received a report this week that Harmony Montgomery has not been seen since late 2019. The circumstances surrounding this prolonged absence are very concerning and are being thoroughly investigated. pic.twitter.com/WdOEF8X2Uz
— Manchester NH Police (@mht_nh_police) December 31, 2021
“I thought she was a nice, quiet little girl,” a neighbor said, according to WMUR 9. “It’s kind of sad because no kid deserves that. Nobody does.”
Manchester police Chief Allen Aldenberg explained during a press conference that the situation is rare and “not something that happens to us on a regular basis.”
“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,” Aldenberg said last week. “That’s why I’m here today. Because we need assistance.”
Meanwhile, Harmony’s mother has taken to Facebook to plead for answers.
“PLEASE IM BEGGING YOU!!! IF ANYONE HAS SEEN MY DAUGHTER OR KNOWS ANYTHING!!!! PLEASE CONTACT THE DETECTIVES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE OR CONTACT ME DIRECTLY,” Crys Sorey wrote.
On Monday, police announced a $12,500 reward for information on Harmony’s whereabouts. 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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[Featured image: Harmony Montgomery/Twitter]