Harmony’s stepmother could be released on bail; AG reduces the time of a girl’s disappearance
By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org
Attorney General John M. Formella on Monday released new information about Harmony Montgomery’s disappearance, reducing the date she was last seen after her family was evicted and living in cars in Manchester.
The police investigation narrowed the window of Harmony’s disappearance from November 28 to approximately December 10, 2019. She was five at the time, according to Formella’s press release.
Also on Monday, Harmony’s mother-in-law, Kayla Montgomery, pleaded not guilty in Hillsborough Superior Court to increased criminal charges related to accepting food stamps for Harmony when she was not living in the housework.
Montgomery’s attorney, Paul Garrity, requested that she be released on personal bond and said she may be eligible for the Cynthia Day drug treatment program in Nashua.
But Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill said he wants bail kept at $5,000 cash because she’s more likely to run away with the enhanced payroll taxes and “due to changing circumstances.” ‘case”.
He did not go into detail about the criminal investigation into Harmony’s disappearance.
Kayla Montgomery told police that Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, 31, took her to live with her mother in Massachusetts around Thanksgiving that year.
Judge Amy Messer’s order said “bail will remain set at $5,000 cash or surety, but will be converted to a personal bond upon entry and successful completion of the Cynthia Day program.” The Court will also impose important additional conditions.
According to police, Adam and Kayla Montgomery, along with two common children and Harmony, were evicted from 77 Gilford St. in Manchester on November 27, 2019.
Several people reported seeing Harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days, however, from around December 6 to December 10, 2019, Adam and Kayla apparently only had their two children in common, and Harmony was no longer with them.
“This information leads police to believe that it was at some point during this window of approximately November 28 to December 10, 2019 that Harmony Montgomery went missing,” the statement said.
Witnesses told police that at this time Adam, Kayla and the children were homeless and living in cars, possibly in north Manchester. One of the cars was a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring and the other was a dark blue 2006 Audi S4.
Adam Montgomery is being held in protective custody, charged with child endangerment, interference with custody and second-degree assault for giving Harmony a black eye in 2019.
Manchester Police have asked anyone with information to call or text the 24-hour Harmony Rescue Hotline at 603-203-6060, especially anyone who has seen or interacted with Adam Montgomery, Kayla Montgomery or the children during a period of approximately November 28 to December 10, 2019, or who saw any of the vehicles in question during this period. Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, can contribute to the overall investigation, the statement said.
Authorities released file photos of the car, but said the cars’ actual condition in 2019 was worse than described. Also, the Sebring’s rear license plate was askew. (See below)