MANCHESTER, N.H. — Investigators released an updated timeline of when they believe someone last saw 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery. According to new information learned by police, investigators have narrowed the window of Harmony’s disappearance.
Adam and Kayla Montgomery, their kids, and Harmony were evicted from their Manchester home on Nov. 27, 2019. Multiple people reported seeing Harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days. But investigators say by Dec. 6 through Dec. 10, the couple only had their two common children with them. Harmony was nowhere to be seen. That is why investigators believe it was sometime between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10 that Harmony disappeared.
“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,” according to that statement.
Investigators say witnesses have reported that 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.
Stock photos of those cars, released by police, are below.
Police say the actual condition of the cars in 2019 was worse than depicted in the photos and that they Sebring’s rear license plate was “askew.”
Manchester Police continue to request that anyone with information please call or text the 24- hour tip line dedicated to Harmony’s rescue at 603-203-6060.
“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may contribute to the overall investigation.” said police in their statement.
The new timeline comes as Harmony’s one-time stepmother, Kayla Montgomery appeared in a Manchester courtroom on Monday.
Kayla Montgomery entered not guilty pleas to charges accusing her of stealing food stamp benefits meant for Harmony Montgomery, the little girl not seen since late 2019 when she was just 5 years old.
New Hampshire’s assistant attorney general, Jesse O’Neill said not only was Kayla receiving Harmony’s benefits, she re-applied months after Harmony was gone. They say of the 8 instances of which they have written proof, only 2 are within the statute of limitations.
“We can now point to, based on this new documentation, to specific instances where the defendant had submitted Harmony on applications or other state documents to DHHS with the intent of continuing that fraud and continuing that theft,” O’Neill said. He accused Kayla of telling an ‘18 month-long lie.’
O’Neill asked the judge to keep a cash bail order in place. But the defense attorney, Paul Garrity argued Kayla Montgomery should instead attend a residential drug treatment facility where she could stay with her children.
“So, what we are asking the court to do is set bail, a PR (personal recognizance) bail upon her entry into the Cynthia Day program or a similar type program,” Garrity said.
As the search for Harmony enters its fourth week, Manchester’s police chief says he remains committed to finding her.
“Nobody’s hanging their head or kicking the can down the road,” said Chief Allen Aldenberg.
“How concerned are you that Kayla Montgomery might have information that you won’t be able to get if she’s no longer incarcerated,” Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh asked O’Neill.
“I’m not going to comment on that. We’re exploring all avenues in this investigation,” O’Neill said.
“But you don’t want her out of jail,” Kavanaugh responded.
“We think she poses a flight risk which is why we made the bail request that we did,” O’Neill said.
“Do you think there’s more information that she has that could be helpful to solving this case and finding Harmony,” Kavanaugh asked defense attorney Paul Garrity.
“That I can’t speculate on or comment on,” Garrity said.
Late Monday afternoon, the judge in the case, ruled bail will remain at $5,000 “...however it shall convert to personal recognizance upon entry into and successful completion of the Cynthia Day program. The Court will also impose significant additional conditions.”
Kayla Montgomery’s attorney told Kerry Kavanaugh that Kayla has to do a phone interview with the Cynthia Day Program, which could take place within the next day or so. Once that is completed, the program could make their decision to admit her, or not, fairly quickly. If things take place as expected, Kayla Montgomery could be in the program sometime this week or next week.
The judge, in her order, said Kayla Montgomery “...shall sign a release of information at the program to allow the State to monitor compliance and allow the program to immediately notify the State should she leave or be discharged for any reason. The defendant shall be required to check in daily by phone with the Manchester Police Department.”
Kayla Montgomery will also be required to sign a waiver of extradition before her release and have no contact with Adam Montgomery.
She was also ordered not to travel outside the State of New Hampshire.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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