Harmony Montgomery was seen with her father and stepmom up to two weeks after they first told police they had last seen the missing girl, according to a new update on the case.
Investigators now believe Harmony disappeared sometime between Nov. 28, 2019 and Dec. 10, 2019 after “multiple” witnesses reported seeing Harmony with her family after the Thanksgiving holiday—despite her father Adam Montgomery’s insistence that he had taken Harmony to go live with her mother, according to a joint statement from the New Hampshire attorney general, Hillsborough county attorney and Manchester Police.
Authorities said Adam, his wife Kayla Montgomery, their two common children and Harmony, who would have been 5 years old at the time, were evicted from their home on 77 Gilford Street in Manchester on Nov. 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,” authorities said.
Witnesses told police that during that time, Adam, Kayla and their children were homeless and living out of their cars, possibly in the North End of Manchester.
Authorities described their vehicles as a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring with an askew rear license plate and a dark blue 2006 Audi S4 in poor condition.
Adam, who had been awarded full custody of Harmony, allegedly told investigators that he had not seen his daughter since around Thanksgiving of 2019 when her biological mother, Crystal Sorey, came to pick her up, according to court documents previously obtained by Oxygen.com.
But Sorey has adamantly denied that account, telling authorities that the last time she spoke to her daughter was during a FaceTime call around Easter of 2019, before she said Adam and Kayla cut off communications and blocked her on social media.
Sorey lost custody of her daughter in 2018 due to substance abuse issues, but later told police she regained her sobriety and tried to find her daughter by visiting addresses where she believed Adam had lived and calling local schools, but was never able to track Harmony down. She officially reported her daughter missing late last year.
Sorey told The Daily Beast she believes the new timeline released by investigators is “more accurate” and shows Adam and Kayla may not have been telling the truth about when her daughter disappeared.
“I wasn’t told at all that Harmony could’ve been staying in the car with them, so that’s new information to me,” she said. “I strongly believe that the new timeline is more accurate. Multiple people reached out to me as well, saying they saw my daughter at the Fit Shelter on Lake Ave. in early Dec. 2019 and I made sure they reached out to police to give all information small or large.”
Kayla told investigators she had last seen Harmony in November or December of 2019 as she was heading to work and said Adam told her he was driving Harmony “back to Crystal” in Massachusetts, according to court documents.
Authorities arrested Kayla on allegations of welfare fraud earlier this month after they said she continued to collect food stamps on behalf of Harmony even though the young girl was no longer living with the family.
At a bond hearing in Manchester Superior Court on Monday, her attorney requested that her $5,000 bond be lowered, arguing that she was not a flight risk and requesting that she be released into a drug rehabilitation program.
Assistant Hillsborough County District Attorney Jesse O’Neill opposed the request, however, suggesting that the allegations against her could change as the investigation into Harmony’s disappearance continues, Fox News reports.
“Maybe now it looks like an innocuous theft charge, welfare fraud charges,” he said. “But she knows what we are going to learn as the investigation continues.”
A judge decided to keep the bond set at $5,000, The Daily Beast reports.
Adam is also behind bars after investigators arrested him on a series of charges connected to allegations that he had given Harmony a black eye in July of 2019 after a relative said he “bashed her” around the house.
He’s facing charges of felony second-degree assault, interference with custody and two charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Investigators are asking that anyone who may have seen the family during the updated timeframe of Nov. 28 to Dec. 10, 2019 to contact a dedicated 24-hour tip line at 603-203-6060.
“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may contribute to the overall investigation,” they said.