Over two years after missing New Hampshire girl Harmony Montgomery, police announced the 8-year-old’s disappearance is now a homicide investigation.
In a Thursday afternoon press conference, the New Hampshire Attorney General confirmed police are investigating who murdered Harmony, after new evidence obtained indicated that she was killed at some point in early December 2019.
“Harmony Montgomery was murdered in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the beginning of December 2019,” New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Harmony was officially reported missing in December 2021, although she 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.
In June, the FBI, Manchester police, the U.S. Marshals Office, and the state attorney general’s office arrived last week at the Manchester home, where Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, and his wife Kayla Montgomery lived with Harmony before she vanished.
The Manchester Fire Department set up an incident tent, while the city’s Department of Public Works dropped a camera into a sewer pipe while FBI agents watched the camera views from the utility truck.
Investigators were seen hauling a large refrigerator, wrapped in black plastic, out of the apartment, along with other items that were wrapped in brown paper.
The search preceded a 2019 incident in which Adam Montgomery was accused of abusing his daughter. Police spoke to Adam’s brother, Michael, who said that Adam hit Harmony and gave her 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.
Harmony’s remains have not been located.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Harmony Montgomery/Handout]