MANCHESTER, N.H. — Harmony Montgomery’s mother is convinced her daughter’s one-time stepmother, Kayla Montgomery, knows more about the girl’s disappearance than she’s letting on.
“It just doesn’t sit right with me that this woman was in the dark the whole time and [her husband, Adam Montgomery] didn’t tell her anything,” Crystal Sorey said. “I’ve always thought that she knows more than she’s saying.”
Kayla has been in police custody since Jan. 5 on fraud and theft charges after investigators said she continued receiving food stamp benefits for Harmony long after the little girl vanished. A New Hampshire judge ruled Monday Kayla can be released on her own personal recognizance after completing a drug treatment program at the Cynthia Day Family Center for Women and Children.
“I’m sick. I’m sick by it, because I feel like it’s almost like a reward, like she’s getting rewarded,” Sorey said. “She gets to just go into a program and live her life like nothing is happening.”
New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said the investigation has narrowed the window of Harmony’s disappearance to approximately November 28–December 10, 2019.
“According to information learned by police, Adam and Kayla Montgomery, together with their two common children and Adam’s daughter Harmony, were evicted from 77 Gilford Street in Manchester on November 27, 2019. Multiple individuals have reported seeing Harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days; however, by approximately December 6–10, 2019, Adam and Kayla apparently had only their two common children, and Harmony was no longer with them,” Formella said in a statement.
According to investigators, witnesses reported Adam, Kayla, and the children were homeless and living out of cars, possibly in the North End of Manchester during that time. One of the cars was a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring, and the other was a dark blue 2006 Audi S4.
“I don’t think she’s dead. I don’t care what anyone says to me, psychics, whatever they want to say. I don’t think my daughter is dead. I think she is out there and people are too afraid to come forward,” Sorey said.
Adam Montgomery was arrested Jan. 4 and remains in custody, charged with second-degree assault, interference with custody and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. None of the charges are directly-related to Harmony’s disappearance. Adam is also the suspect in an unsolved 2008 murder in Lynn.
Sorey said she will continue to hand out flyers and keep spreading the word about her daughter.
“Even if we have to go to the little homeless camps and things like that, we’re just really trying to get people to not be afraid and come forward,” Sorey said. “I just hold onto hope with everything that I can until my knuckles turn white and pray we’re able to bring her home.”
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Tip Line at 603-203-6060. That line is monitored 24 hours a day and tips can be sent via text or call.
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