Missing New Hampshire girl Harmony Montgomery’s father, Adam Montgomery, was in a Manchester court Wednesday, where interviews were played for the judge, showing him lashing out at a detective who accused him of harming his child.
During a pre-trial hearing in connection with a second-degree assault charge, an interrogation video and police body-cam videos were shown between Montgomery and the officers and detective who spoke with him after his then-5-year-old daughter was reported missing, Boston 25 reports.
WMUR later obtained the full video from the court — 45 minutes worth of Montgomery saying he had nothing to say to detectives — and put clips into a news package.
Montgomery’s attorneys are pushing to suppress the statements Montgomery gave officers and the detectives.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, on March 25, Montgomery was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly hitting Harmony in the face in July 2019. He’s also facing interference with custody and endangering the welfare of a child charges.
Police found Montgomery sleeping in a car on December 31, 2021, in Manchester, where they detained him and questioned him about Harmony’s whereabouts.
At the time, Montgomery had full custody of the child, but her mother, Crystal Sorey, said Montgomery had not allowed her to speak to her daughter since 2019.
Officer [to Montgomery]: “People are concerned…”
Montgomery: “I’m not talking about nothing. Am I under arrest?”
Officer: “No, you’re not. Right now you are being detained.”
Days later, on January 4, Montgomery was placed in an interrogation room with Detective John Dunleavy at the Manchester police station. The detective pushed for answers in Harmony’s disappearance, but Montgomery reportedly refused to cooperate.
Det. John Dunleavy: “Can you make me a promise? Like man to man. Can you tell me that she’s alive?”
Adam Montgomery: “You’re going to play the same word games that you played with me the other day?”
Det. Dunleavy: “No, no. It’s not word games.”
Adam Montgomery: “I got nothing else to say.”
Det. Scott Riley: “It’s because we care, man. We want to know.”
Adam Montgomery: “I got nothing.”
Det. Dunleavy: “This isn’t going to stop.”
Adam Montgomery: “I know it’s not.”
Det. Dunleavy: “Either get on the bus now or get run over.”
Adam Montgomery: “I got nothing else to say. I want a lawyer with me.”
A judge is expected to decide whether Montgomery’s comments will be shown to jurors during trial. .
Where is Harmony?
Meanwhile, the search for Harmony continues. She hasn’t been seen since 2019, according to police, but was only reported missing in late 2021.
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 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.
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 Montgomery when they learned that Harmony “had not been physically seen since October/November 2019.”
Police also spoke to Adam Montgomery’s brother, Michael, who explained that Montgomery abused Harmony and gave her a black eye. Police then reached out to Montgomery’s cousin, Kevin, who witnessed the alleged incident.
“I bashed her around this house,” Montgomery said, according to Kevin.
Kevin told investigators that Montgomery was upset at Harmony when her infant brother started crying because he told her to keep an eye on him. In anger, Montgomery allegedly spanked Harmony, made her scrub a toilet with a toothbrush, and forced her to stand in the corner for hours.
On December 31, 2021, police located Adam Montgomery sleeping in a car in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. The girlfriend told police that Montgomery never once talked about Harmony.
When investigators interviewed Kayla Montgomery, she said that she hadn’t spoken to Adam since November 2021 and hadn’t seen Harmony since late 2019.
Montgomery reportedly told police that Harmony’s mother came to “pick her up in Manchester, NH around Thanksgiving 2019.” Montgomery 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.”
“Somewhere out there this little girl is in need of help, and that’s our job, and I need your help on helping us to find her safe so the next time we meet, maybe we meet with some good news,” Aldenberg previously said.
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.
A $94,00 reward for information on Harmony’s whereabouts is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police tipline at 603-203-6060.
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[Feature Photo: Handout/Police Handout]