A New Hampshire state prosecutor and attorneys for Adam Montgomery appeared in court Tuesday in Manchester to discuss upcoming trial dates.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Adam Montgomery, the father of missing Harmony Montgomery, was charged with assault in January in connection with a 2019 incident, when he allegedly struck his daughter. At the time, he had physical custody of Harmony, who hasn’t been seen since 2019.
Adam’s defense team wants state prosecutors to provide police body cams as evidence in the case. Adam was arrested after a family member came forward about the alleged abuse.
Investigators spoke to Adam’s brother, Michael, who said the defendant gave Harmony a black eye. Police then reached out to Adam Montgomery’s cousin, Kevin, who witnessed the alleged incident.
“I bashed her around this house,” Adam Montgomery said, according to Kevin.
Kevin told investigators that Adam was upset at Harmony when her infant brother started crying because he told her to keep an eye on him. In anger, Adam allegedly spanked Harmony, made her scrub a toilet with a toothbrush, and forced her to stand in the corner for hours.
Manchester police reportedly told WMUR that all “sworn officers have been wearing body cameras since December 2019.”
Former county attorney Patty LaFrance told the outlet that Adam Montgomery’s lawyers are likely requesting the bodycam footage as inculpatory evidence.
“It is inculpatory evidence, then the defense may seek to keep it from coming in and say to the judge, ‘We were looking for this evidence. They did not turn it over. They do not get to use it because it’s too late,’” LaFrance said.
Montgomery didn’t appear himself at the Hillsborough Superior Court , but his lawyers and the prosecution discussed plans of potentially starting the trial in November or December.
He’s also facing a separate weapons charge.
Where is Harmony?
According to Manchester police, Harmony was officially reported missing in December 2021, although she reportedly has not been seen in years.
Court documents released earlier this year indicate that police received a call from Harmony’s biological mother, Crystal Sorey, on November 18, 2021, who claimed her daughter was missing. Sorey told police that Adam had physical custody of the girl and she couldn’t get in touch with him.
Sorey added that she lost custody of Harmony in 2018 due to drug issues. Adam Montgomery, according to Sorey, blocked her calls and blocked her from social media, and didn’t allow her to speak to Harmony after Easter 2019.
New Hampshire police reached out to the New Hampshire Department of Children’s Services to locate Adam, but by December 27, 2021, the agency couldn’t find him. Police began searching for Adam Montgomery when they learned that Harmony “had not been physically seen since October/November 2019.”
On December 31, 2021, police located Adam Montgomery sleeping in a car in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. The girlfriend told police that Adam never once talked about Harmony.
Adam reportedly told police that Harmony’s mother came to “pick her up in Manchester, NH around Thanksgiving 2019.” Adam claimed he hadn’t seen his daughter since.
Police said Adam Montgomery’s statements were inconsistent and secretive, with the suspect telling them things such as, “I have nothing to say” and, “If I’m not under arrest, I’m leaving.”
He was subsequently arrested and charged with assault for the 2019 incident. Earlier this month, he was charged with 8 firearm-related charges.
No one has been charged with Harmony’s disappearance.
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[Feature Photo: Harmony and Adam Montgomery/NHPD]]