Investigators searched a home related to a missing NH girl this week. Here’s where the case stands

Officials in New Hampshire conducted a 16-hour search this week related to missing girl Harmony Montgomery that focused on her father’s former home.Manchester Police, the U.S. Marshals Office, the state attorney general’s office and the FBI responded to 644 Union St., in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the missing girl’s father, Adam Montgomery, and his wife, Kayla Montgomery, previously lived.A sewer plumbing team was also at the site, the Manchester Fire Department set up an incident tent, and the city Department of Public Works dropped a camera down a sewer pipe.Harmony’s mother, Crystal Sorey, told sister station WMUR that she hasn’t been told anything about what was uncovered inside the apartment building. “Hopefully, we can find some type of answers, because Harmony deserves justice,” Sorey said. “She needs to be brought home where she belongs. Regardless of the outcome, I’m still going to fight for justice.”A law enforcement veteran turned professor said that what happened there this week indicates progress in the search for answers about what happened to Harmony.”I’m encouraged by the fact that they are throwing all these resources at this,” said Jeffrey Czarnec, professor of criminal justice at Southern New Hampshire University.Harmony’s father had legal and physical custody of the girl when she vanished more than two years ago, investigators said.A large refrigerator was hauled out of the building wrapped in plastic and loaded onto a truck, along with other items wrapped in brown paper.”It’s awful. It’s terrible. It’s tragic,” Martha Blackman said this week, who said she knows Harmony’s family. “Especially when you know her. We were all hoping something positive would come from this. It’s just tragic.”A missing poster still hangs on the door of the building investigators targeted Tuesday for clues about where Harmony is.Investigators have not released any information about whether anything was discovered in the search, but Czarnec said it was significant.”The fact that they are able to secure a search warrant, which is not all that easy to do,” he said. “You have to be very specific on your probable cause, your facts and circumstances, what you’re looking for and where.”Curiosity, conjecture and criticism continue to emanate from people who are following the mystery on a global scale. “It was ridiculous and sickening that they were doing what they did right here after all these years,” said Gary Cormier, of Manchester. “You would have thought they would have had this information sooner.”Harmony was unaccounted for two years before law enforcement was notified, but Czarnec said it appears investigators might be gaining traction in the case.”They’ve relieved the apartment of what appears to be evidence that is congruent to the investigation,” he said. “Right now, it’s a matter of utilizing and analyzing the information that led to the search warrant and how they can continue to build a case.”Sorey said her hope is fading that Harmony will be found alive.

Officials in New Hampshire conducted a 16-hour search this week related to missing girl Harmony Montgomery that focused on her father’s former home.

Manchester Police, the U.S. Marshals Office, the state attorney general’s office and the FBI responded to 644 Union St., in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the missing girl’s father, Adam Montgomery, and his wife, Kayla Montgomery, previously lived.

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A sewer plumbing team was also at the site, the Manchester Fire Department set up an incident tent, and the city Department of Public Works dropped a camera down a sewer pipe.

Harmony’s mother, Crystal Sorey, told sister station WMUR that she hasn’t been told anything about what was uncovered inside the apartment building.

“Hopefully, we can find some type of answers, because Harmony deserves justice,” Sorey said. “She needs to be brought home where she belongs. Regardless of the outcome, I’m still going to fight for justice.”

A law enforcement veteran turned professor said that what happened there this week indicates progress in the search for answers about what happened to Harmony.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that they are throwing all these resources at this,” said Jeffrey Czarnec, professor of criminal justice at Southern New Hampshire University.

Harmony’s father had legal and physical custody of the girl when she vanished more than two years ago, investigators said.

A large refrigerator was hauled out of the building wrapped in plastic and loaded onto a truck, along with other items wrapped in brown paper.

“It’s awful. It’s terrible. It’s tragic,” Martha Blackman said this week, who said she knows Harmony’s family. “Especially when you know her. We were all hoping something positive would come from this. It’s just tragic.”

A missing poster still hangs on the door of the building investigators targeted Tuesday for clues about where Harmony is.

Investigators have not released any information about whether anything was discovered in the search, but Czarnec said it was significant.

“The fact that they are able to secure a search warrant, which is not all that easy to do,” he said. “You have to be very specific on your probable cause, your facts and circumstances, what you’re looking for and where.”

Curiosity, conjecture and criticism continue to emanate from people who are following the mystery on a global scale.

“It was ridiculous and sickening that they were doing what they did right here after all these years,” said Gary Cormier, of Manchester. “You would have thought they would have had this information sooner.”

Harmony was unaccounted for two years before law enforcement was notified, but Czarnec said it appears investigators might be gaining traction in the case.

“They’ve relieved the apartment of what appears to be evidence that is congruent to the investigation,” he said. “Right now, it’s a matter of utilizing and analyzing the information that led to the search warrant and how they can continue to build a case.”

Sorey said her hope is fading that Harmony will be found alive.

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