New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced Wednesday that the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery has started an internal investigation with the Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 7-year-old Harmony was reported missing in November 2021 after her mother, Crystal Sorey, contacted the Manchester Police Department. She also sent emails to the mayor as well as to DCYF. Sorey claimed she lost custody of Harmony in 2018 and the child’s father, Adam Montgomery, subsequently gained full custody in 2019.
According to Sorey, Montgomery blocked her from social media, blocked her calls, and refused to answer any questions about Harmony. The report prompted an investigation and police learned that the last time Harmony was seen was in late 2019, while reportedly being abused by her father.
Family members claim they witnessed Adam strike Harmony when she couldn’t keep her baby brother from crying. Adam also allegedly made the child clean a toilet with her toothbrush. Harmony’s uncle said he contacted police after the incident, but nothing ever came from it.
Afterward, Montgomery refused to speak with several members of his family and kept them away from Harmony.
Police recorded 29 calls from the home Adam and his family lived at, in Manchester from 2018 to 2021. Often, the calls were made by neighbors.
DCYF was involved twice in August 2019, and Manchester police filed a formal complaint to the agency the following month citing “clutter and empty food containers in every room.”
The report said, however, that “all three children appeared clean and fed.”
The August reports also stated that the family was using a generator for electricity but that there was food and everyone appeared healthy.
Four of the calls to the house were made by Adam Montgomery, for domestic disputes and a missing vehicle.
“Any time there is a critical case of a child, regardless of who the child is or the timing, we always do an internal review,” Sununu said during a press conference Wednesday.
“And I’ve instructed DCYF to already start that process to do that … not just where were we in this specific case, but was there any point where information wasn’t being transmitted? Was there any point where we hit a roadblock and/or didn’t respond to something, or anything like that?”
Last week, police arrested Adam for the alleged 2019 assault on Harmony. His estranged wife, Kayla Montgomery, was arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of welfare benefits that were intended for Harmony, who had not been living with Kayla for years.
Kayla told police the last time she saw Harmony was in 2019 when Adam Montgomery claimed he was taking the girl to Sorey. Sorey, however, denies that ever happened and said she last talked to Harmony via Facetime around Easter 2019.
One of the Last Known Sightings
One of the last known sightings of Harmony happened in October 2019 at a home off of Gilford Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, after a family spat broke out. The girl’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, said Adam Montgomery then left with Harmony and broke off contact with several family members.
Kevin Montgomery said Harmony “looked like a scared puppy” the last time he saw her.
Harmony is described as standing around 4 feet tall and weighing 50 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is blind in her right eye and should be wearing glasses. The most recent photographs available were taken when she was 5 years old.
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[Feature Photo: Facebook/Harmony Montgomery]