Father of girl reported missing last week despite being last seen in 2019 arrested 8 months ago

Father of girl reported missing last week despite being last seen in 2019 arrested

The girl's mum claimed she had filed "dozens of reports of abuse and neglect" in concern for her daughter.

Police in the US have arrested the father of a seven-year-old girl reported missing last week, two years after she was last seen.

Adam Montgomery was arrested on Tuesday night in connection with the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, who has not been seen since family services and police responded to her home in Manchester, New Hampshire, in October 2019.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said in a statement that the 31-year-old was taken into custody on multiple counts.

He faces a felony charge of second-degree assault (in connection with 2019 conduct against Harmony), one misdemeanour charge of interference with custody, and two misdemeanour charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police have now launched a nationwide search for the girl following the launch of an investigation into her whereabouts last week.

At a press conference on December 31, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said authorities had only become aware of her disappearance in the past week following a call to New Hampshire's Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF).

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"For us to have a two year delay, that is extremely concerning," he said. "That's not something that happens to us on a regular basis. It doesn't happen every day."

Harmony Montgomery | Manchester Police Department

Harmony's mum, Crys Renee Sorey, recently spoke out against "bullies" flooding her social media accounts to question her and accused the division of failing her daughter.

In a series of Facebook posts obtained by the Sun, the mum said that she had filed "dozens of reports of abuse and neglect" out of concern for Harmony's welfare and that she has been trying to locate her daughter for over two years.

Responding to a man who called her alleged past into question, Sorey reportedly wrote: "I'd appreciate if my family would have my back and put this irrelevant loser bully in his place!!! My daughter is missing & this is what ppl are focusing on?! Throwing my past on front street & trying to make it look like I don't care!"

According to the Sun, she then switched to all caps to state for "the last time" that "New Hampshire DCYF failed my daughter".

"Myself & her family have filed dozens of reports of abuse & neglect & nothing was done until I called the police & wrote a letter to the NH mayor," she allegedly continued, likely referring to Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig.

"This is all I will say until I am allowed to say more cuz I will not hinder my daughter's investigation," she added, per the publication.

Crys Renee Sorey | Facebook

The Sun reports that in another post, she had also asked those looking at her profile to keep watch for Harmony's father. The current relationship between the two parents is unclear.

"I'm calling on all my guardian angels to surround my baby & keep her safe & bring her home to me & her brothers," Sorey also captioned a photo collage of Harmony and her siblings.

It is believed that several people filed reports concerning Harmony's whereabouts, with Aldenberg also stating that multiple members of Harmony's family were spoken to as part of the ongoing investigation.