It has taken over two years since 8-year-old Harmony Montgomery disappeared without a trace for authorities to switch their search to a homicide investigation.
At a press conference on Thursday, New Hampshire’s attorney general confirmed that authorities were investigating who had killed 5-year-old Harmony, who had been missing since late 2019 but whose disappearance had not been reported until this year. John Formella, the New Hampshire attorney general, said that DNA evidence proved Montgomery was murdered in December of this year.
The announcement comes just one month after police raided the apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Montgomery’s father, Adam Montgomery, and his estranged wife, Kayla (who is not Harmony’s mother), once resided. The Daily Beast previously reported that investigators removed a fridge from the apartment and loaded it onto a truck after wrapping it in biohazard tape.
After her family was evicted from their Manchester home on November 28th, 2019, authorities say that Harmony was last seen between December 10th and December 28th of that same year. According to the investigation, Harmony was living with her father, stepmother, and two siblings. Since then, Kayla Montgomery has been indicted and charged with perjury for allegedly stealing Harmony’s food-stamp benefits while she was not even the child’s legal guardian.
Adam Montgomery and Kayla Montgomery have not been arrested for her disappearance.
However, Adam Montgomery faces multiple charges, including theft of firearms in the weeks before his daughter went missing and an indictment by a grand jury for alleged abuse of his wife, Harmony. According to the arrest affidavit, Adam Montgomery is accused of giving Harmony a black eye in July 2019, just a few months after he was granted custody by child protective services.
Montgomery is reported to have told his uncle Kevin Montgomery, “I bashed her around the house,” per the arrest affidavit. When Harmony “was in charge of watching her infant brother while [he] was in the bathroom,” and the baby started crying, the father said the abuse was punishment. Previous to this, Kevin Montgomery had told The Daily Beast about seeing the results of abuse firsthand.
In addition to being spanked “hard on the butt,” “standing in the corner for hours,” and “ordered to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush,” Harmony was also allegedly “forced to eat crow” before her arrest.
Crystal Sorey, Harmony’s biological mother, reported her daughter “was missing and that she hadn’t seen [her] in over six months” at the end of November 2021, but police were not made aware of the situation until then.
Authorities looked into the tip and found that no one in Harmony’s immediate family had seen her in years.
On December 31, 2021, Adam Montgomery and his new girlfriend reportedly spoke with investigators, according to court documents. (Montgomery’s ex-girlfriend Kelsey Small was found dead in March; authorities are ruling out murder.)
The father “made contradictory statements” during that conversation, including that Harmony “was fine and that he had seen her somewhere recently,” before later admitting he had not seen her since November 2019. He told police that she was with her mother the last time he saw her, and that the mother “came to pick her up.” He then refused to answer any further questions.
He had previously declared, “If I’m not under arrest, I’m leaving.”
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