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NH Police say they received 300 tips looking for Harmony Montgomery, reward fund rises to $ 104,000

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The Manchester, NH, Police Department have received around 300 clues about the disappearance of a girl who has been missing for more than two years, and the information reward fund has risen to $ 104,000, officials said on Wednesday. responsible.

Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said detectives were checking all tips sent over the 24-hour hotline, which was set up exclusively to get information on the whereabouts of Harmony Montgomery, 7 . Anyone with information can call 603-203-6060.

“I have to be hopeful, the public must be hopeful,” Aldenberg said in a briefing with reporters on Wednesday which was broadcast online by WMUR-TV.

“That’s why I always come back to ‘someone knows something’,” he said. “Until someone tells me otherwise or shows me something concrete and valuable that says she isn’t, then this investigation is oriented as if Harmony is still alive.”

Police opened an investigation into Harmony’s disappearance on December 27. She was last seen by police in Manchester on September 11, 2019, during a service call to her home, the chief said.

Aldenberg previously said Harmony was last seen in October 2019. On Wednesday he admitted to having given “an inappropriate date”.

Police arrested Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, last week and charged him with second-degree assault, allegedly against Harmony. A Massachusetts juvenile court granted Montgomery custody of Harmony in February 2019.

Montgomery’s ex-wife Kayla Montgomery was indicted last week on one count of welfare fraud for allegedly raising over $ 1,500 in food stamps for Harmony after her death. disappearance.

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it would drop the charge and add criminal theft by deception in addition to eight misdemeanors, which allege she made an “intentional statement or misrepresentation” to obtain public assistance to which she was not entitled, according to prosecutors and court records.

Kayla Montgomery, 31, is not Harmony’s biological mother. She is expected to be brought to justice on the new charges on Thursday.

Neither Adam nor Kayla Montgomery have been charged with Harmony’s disappearance.

Police ended their search on Monday at a Manchester house where Harmony lived. The residence at 77 Gilford St., where another family now lives, was searched over the weekend and January 2, but police did not say if any evidence was found or if more searches were planned. Aldenberg said the current residents of the house have cooperated with investigators.

Aldenberg said on Wednesday that donations to the reward fund were pouring in from businesses and individuals from New Hampshire and beyond.

“They care about another human being,” he said. “They are taking care of a little girl who is missing. It’s their way of asking, “What can I do?” “”


Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on twitter @NickStoico.