The case of Harmony Montgomery, the 8-year-old New Hampshire girl who has been missing for more than two years, has been closely followed by people across New England. Complete strangers, even, have become so invested in the search for the little girl that they have volunteered for an intense search in the wooded areas of Manchester.
New Hampshire authorities are expected to provide an update on the case at 2 p.m. Thursday. They did not provide details about what they might reveal about the investigation into Montgomery’s disappearance.
The case has unfolded over the past eight months with frequent developments, many of which involve legal action against Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, and stepmother, Kayla Montgomery.
Here’s a recap of Harmony Montgomery’s disappearance case so far.
Investigators haven’t said anything about any new clues they may have uncovered when they conducted an extensive search in New Hampshire.
Easter 2019: Harmony’s birth mother, Crystal Sorey, told NBC10 Boston that this was the last time she spoke to Harmony on Facetime.
Sorey lost legal custody of the girl in 2018 as she struggled with substance abuse issues. Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery – who had legal custody – blocked any contact. He was living in Manchester at the time.
Sorey, who lives in Massachusetts, said she then called schools in New Hampshire, drove past homes associated with Harmony’s father and made several calls to the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families. .
October 2019: Manchester Police, Harmony was seen on a Manchester Police duty call in October 2019 at a residence in the city. This was the last time she was seen in Manchester, police said.
December 31, 2021: Manchester Police say they have received a report that Harmony Montgomery has not been seen since late 2019. “The circumstances surrounding this prolonged absence are very concerning and are being fully investigated,” the department said in a statement. a statement.
December 2021 – January 2022: Authorities repeatedly search a home on Gilford Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, which they say in a press release “is the focus of the investigation as it is the last place Harmony resided before his disappearance in 2019”.
January 4, 2022: Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, is arrested for notably failing to have Harmony in his care. He pleaded not guilty.
Harmony Montgomery has not been seen since late 2019, shortly after a court awarded custody to her father, Adam Montgomery.
January 5, 2022: The wife of Adam Montgomery, Harmony’s stepmother, is arrested and charged with social fraud for allegedly collecting food stamps for the young girl when she was no longer living with the couple. She pleaded not guilty.
January 8, 2022: Speaking first to NBC10 Boston, in his first public comments since the mysterious disappearance, Sorey had this message for his 7-year-old daughter: “Hi, baby. If you can see and hear me, I want you know that I’ve never stopped looking for you and I won’t stop fighting until I find you, okay? You stay strong and mom is here to defend you. I love you! “
January 9, 2022: Police are investigating the house in Gilford Street where Harmony was known to have lived in Manchester for the second day in a row.
Investigators have brought specialist equipment to the house as part of the ongoing investigation into Harmony’s disappearance. An underfloor heater was seen parked in the driveway of the house; machines typically used in the winter months to help thaw the ground. A criminal tape has sealed off the sides of the house that lead to the backyard.
January 10, 2022: Manchester Police said the multi-day search of the Gilford Street home was over and offered no further details of what, if any, had been found, citing the ongoing investigation.
Harmony Montgomery has not been seen since late 2019.
January 11, 2022: Court documents show prosecutors plan to drop a welfare fraud charge against Harmony’s stepmother, Kayla Montgomery, for collecting food stamps on her behalf and replace it with nine other charges, including theft. The cash reward amount on information deals leading to the girl reached $100,000 through donations.
January 12, 2022: New documents reveal Harmony’s birth mother’s email calls for help in getting answers about her daughter’s whereabouts. Sorey asked for help in emails with the subject “my daughter is missing/in danger and dcyf won’t help me”.
Police reports obtained by NBC10 Boston show 29 calls for service to the Gilford Street home where Harmony last lived between 2018 and 2020, including domestic incidents involving Adam Montgomery, Kayla Montgomery and other adults at the home.
January 24, 2022: The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said the investigation to date has narrowed the window of Harmony’s disappearance to less than two weeks in 2019, November 29, 2019 and December 10, 2019.
Harmony Montgomery’s face is now on billboards, two years after she was last seen at a home in Manchester, New Hampshire.
March 24, 2022: Harmony’s father’s girlfriend, Kelsey Small, was found dead. The police do not consider him a suspect.
March 25, 2022: Adam and Kayla Montgomery are charged with the charges originally brought against them in January.
Adam Montgomery is charged with second-degree assault for knowingly causing bodily harm to Harmony by punching her in the face. He was arrested Jan. 4 on a warrant charging him with second-degree felony assault stemming from the 2019 conduct against Harmony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the well-being of a child belonging to his daughter. .
Kayla Montgomery is facing a charge of theft by deception, alleging that she lied last year that Harmony was in her house claiming food stamps over $1,500.
April 2, 2022: Dozens of volunteers gather early on a Saturday morning to privately search a wooded area off Second Street in Manchester. According to family members, the area is known to Harmony’s father.
April 4, 2022: Authorities say Adam Montgomery is facing a series of firearms charges related to a robbery dating back to 2019.
Harmony’s mother was at the wake on Saturday and said she wanted her daughter to know she was loved.
April 6, 2022: Adam Montgomery was due back in court, facing a series of firearms charges, but dropped his arraignment.
April 7, 2022: NBC10 Boston learns that the State of New Hampshire has offered Kayla Montgomery a plea deal, as the welfare fraud case winds up in court, but her defense attorney says they are not not even close to making a deal.
April 12, 2022: Authorities announce that Kayla Montgomery is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property related to a firearms theft that took place in September or October 2019.
May 4, 2022: A report concludes that Massachusetts officials did not consider Harmony Montgomery’s well-being “on an equal footing” with her parents’ rights before releasing her into her father’s custody.
In the results of its investigation, the state’s Office of the Children’s Lawyer said a lack of focus on Montgomery’s needs versus the rights of his parents, Adam Montgomery and Crystal Sorey, resulted in “a significant placement instability for Harmony”.
May 6, 2022: Kayla Montgomery is released on bail. She had been held on $5,000 bond since January, when she was arraigned for welfare fraud.
“Clearly she doesn’t care about Harmony,” Crystal Sorey told NBC10 Boston in an exclusive interview. “She doesn’t care to let anyone know where Harmony is.”
New Hampshire officials are recommending systematic changes following Harmony Montgomery’s disappearance.
June 4, 2022: Authorities confirm that Kayla Montgomery was taken into custody by Manchester Police for perjury, for allegedly lying to a grand jury.
June 6, 2022: Kayla Montgomery drops her indictment for perjury. Bail is set at $5,000 and she is not allowed to leave the state.
June 14, 2022: A major police search is conducted at the former home of Adam and Kayla Montgomery. Officials are not revealing any new details about the search or investigation.
June 28, 2022: Adam Montgomery is charged with eight new counts. He now faces new firearms and theft charges, including two armed career criminal charges, which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. He’s not charged with Harmony’s disappearance. He has been in prison since January and could be tried as early as November.
August 11, 2022: Authorities should provide an update on the investigation into Harmony’s disappearance. Attorney General John M. Formella and Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg are due to speak at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Their agencies work alongside federal authorities, including the FBI and the US Marshal’s Service.
You can watch this press conference live and online with NBC10 Boston.