An arrest warrant has been issued for the stepmother of missing New Hampshire girl, Harmony Montgomery, for reportedly failing to appear in court.
According to WMUR 9, 32-year-old Montgomery failed to show up for a hearing in Manchester, in connection with charges against her for allegedly lying to the government and keeping Harmony’s benefits despite the child being missing.
“The state’s made bail arguments in the past, and Ms. Montgomery was held at Valley Street Jail for some time,” Senior Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill said. “Given the circumstances of the cases and the history here, the state felt that a request for a warrant was appropriate.”
Montgomery’s attorney, Paul Garrity, said he hopes Montgomery will be allowed bail if she’s arrested.
“Eventually, I expect she’s either going to turn herself in or be picked up on the warrant,” said defense attorney Paul Garrity. “The court will then set bail, and hopefully that bail will be set that allows Kayla to remain free. If not, we’ll continue forward with the case.”
Meanwhile, Harmony remains missing.
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 Harmony’s father, 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, according to Sorey, blocked her calls and blocked her from social media, and didn’t allow her to speak to Harmony after Easter 2019.
Adam Montgomery, who denied having any involvement with his daughter’s disappearance, remains in jail on weapons charges.
Officials announced earlier this year that Harmony was likely a victim of homicide.
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[Feature Photo: Police Handout/Kayla Montgomery; Harmony Montgomery/Handout]