Officials: Case of N.H. missing girl, Harmony Montgomery, shifts to homicide probe

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 1:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:08 PM CDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say the search for a New Hampshire girl who disappeared at age 5 in 2019 but was not reported missing until late last year is now considered a homicide investigation.

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said Thursday that authorities have concluded that Harmony was murdered in December 2019.

Police first became aware that she might be missing when they received a call from the girl’s mother last November.

Harmony’s father and stepmother have since pleaded not guilty to charges related to her well-being.

A poster of Harmony Montgomery, who has been missing since 2019, rests against a tree during a...
A poster of Harmony Montgomery, who has been missing since 2019, rests against a tree during a candlelight vigil, Feb. 12, 2022, at Bass Island Park, in Manchester, N.H. An independent state agency that represents children says the needs of a girl who authorities began looking for two years after she went missing were not prioritized by the state of Massachusetts. A report Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from the head of the Office of the Child Advocate said Harmony Montgomery, who was last seen in 2019 at age 5, suffered from "miscalculations of risk and unequal weight placed on parents' rights versus a child's wellbeing."(AP Photo/Kathy McCormack, File)

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