THE missing child Harmony Montgomery case could become a murder investigation, a police source has claimed.
The girl, now eight, was last seen in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2019, but her disappearance was not reported until December 2021.
Cops are expected to provide a significant update regarding the investigation today (Aug. 11), a police source told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The investigation is expected to escalate into a murder inquiry – around eight months after Harmony was reported missing.
Police recently raided an apartment where Harmony’s father Adam and stepmother Kayla once lived.
An old refrigerator was confiscated and police dismantled the bedroom closet.
Retired FBI agent Jennifer Coffinaffer told The Sun it would likely take weeks for police to process and analyze the evidence, including the refrigerator.
The current tenant, known only as Ginger, told Boston 25 News that officials are interested in the closet.
She said: “It was just all torn up. They took things out of the closet and then the walls out of the closet. It breaks my heart.”
Ginger revealed that the floor has been removed from the kitchen, hallway and bedroom.
Coffinaffer said it was likely police were looking for “biological evidence or leads” when they examined the home.
She said: “You are building the case in its entirety. You must find [out] What happened to her. They’re built on building blocks.”
Coffinaffer claimed agents believe biological evidence, perhaps a strand of hair, may have been found at the property.
In January, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenburg admitted that detectives were “walking with steam” in their search for the boy.
According to records from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Harmony was torn between her mother’s nurturing and DCF for much of her young life.
Cops believe Harmony disappeared sometime between November 28 and December 10, 2019.
Adam got custody of Harmony when she was five years old.
She was living with Adam and his wife Kayla when they were evicted, and police say they may have been living without cars.
The couple cut all communication with their families, and a series of alleged mistakes by Child Protection Services left Harmony’s birth mother and family in the dark about her disappearance.
Adam is being held on second-degree assault charges over an alleged assault on Harmony.
However, he was not charged in the child’s disappearance.
He also faces one charge of interference with custody and two charges of endangering child welfare.
According to a probable cause affidavit, he allegedly “beat around the house” and forced her to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush.
A police report described a “very bad smell” coming from the house where Harmony was living with Adam before she disappeared.
The smell was discovered by police, who were called to the house by a neighbor.
According to The Sun police report, they saw an open door and thought it had been kicked in.
The report said: “The door was not kicked in. Looks like someone moved out and left the door open.
“Adam Montgomery. They just aired it. It was a very bad smell.”
Police responded to the apartment at least 16 times between January 2019 and January 2020.
Meanwhile, Kayla has been charged with fraud after being accused of collecting food stamps on Harmony’s behalf until June 2021.
Kayla was also accused of perjury.
Both Adam and Kayla have pleaded not guilty. He is currently in custody while she is on bail.
Anyone with information about the case should call the dedicated hotline at 603-203-6060.
Alternatively, the Manchester Police Department can be contacted on 603-668-8711.
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