Cops Say Harmony Montgomery Was Murdered—and Her Mom Is ‘Devastated’

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More than two years after Harmony Montgomery disappeared without a trace, authorities have finally turned their search for the missing 8-year-old to a murder investigation.
In a news conference Thursday, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella confirmed that police are investigating who killed Harmony, who was last seen in late 2019 when she was 5 but was not reported missing until two years later. Formella said that while Harmony's remains have yet to be found, investigators uncovered "biological evidence" that prompted the investigation's postponement.
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"We believe Harmony was murdered in Manchester in early December 2019," added Formella.
The announcement comes just a month after authorities flooded the Manchester, New Hampshire home of Adam Montgomery, Montgomery's father, and his estranged wife — who is not Harmony's mother — where Kayla once lived. The Daily Beast previously reported that investigators were seen stealing a fridge wrapped in biohazard tape from the apartment and loading it onto a truck.
"The time is now. It's time to get up and do the right thing and call the tipping hotline. Harmony is a sweet and innocent child who deserves to be brought home to her family and friends," Manchester Police Chief Allan Aldenberg said during the press conference.
Crystal Sorey, the child's birth mother, texted The Daily Beast on Thursday that she was "devastated" at the news that her daughter had been murdered.
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"I have this aching pain in my chest that I can't shake," Sorey said. "It's more answers but deff [sic] not what I thought happened.
The mum added that despite the dismal outcome, she's still determined to get more answers - and see what's left of Harmony. "I will make sure we get justice and bring her remains home," she said.
Cops swarm the former home of eight-year-old Harmony Montgomery's missing father
Authorities say Harmony was last seen between November 28 and December 10, 2019, after her family were evicted from their Manchester home. According to police, Harmony was living with her father, stepmother and their two children at the time. Kayla Montgomery has since been altered on perjury charges and charged with allegedly using Harmony's meal ticket benefits despite not living with the child.
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Neither Adam nor Kayla Montgomery have been charged in connection with their disappearance.
But Adam Montgomery faces a range of crimes, from charges that he stole guns just weeks before his daughter disappeared to an indictment by a grand jury alleging he molested Harmony. In an affidavit of arrest for the abuse allegations, authorities say Adam Montgomery allegedly gave Harmony a black eye in July 2019, just months after child welfare services awarded him custody.
"I beat her all over the house," Montgomery reportedly said to his uncle Kevin Montgomery, according to an affidavit. The father said the abuse allegedly served as punishment after Harmony "was responsible for watching her little brother while [he] was in the bathroom" and the baby started crying. Kevin Montgomery previously described to The Daily Beast witnessing the aftermath of the abuse.
The warrant also said that Harmony was "slapped hard on the bum", forced to "stand in the corner for hours" and ordered to "scrub the toilet with her toothbrush."
But authorities were not informed of Harmony's disappearance until late November 2021, Sorey told Manchester Police that her daughter "was missing and she had not seen her for over six months".
Harmony Montgomery's stepmother allegedly received stolen guns before the 7-year-old disappeared
The call sparked an investigation that eventually led to authorities finding that Harmony's family had not seen her in years.
Court documents say investigators spoke to Adam Montgomery and his new girlfriend on New Year's Eve 2021. (Montgomery's then-girlfriend Kelsey Small was found dead in March, although authorities don't believe foul play was involved.)
During that conversation, the father made "conflicting statements" including that Harmony "was fine and that he had seen her somewhere recently," before later admitting he hadn't seen her since November 2019. He said that the last time he saw her, her mother "came to pick her up" before eventually refusing to answer any more police questions.
"If I'm not arrested, I'll go," he said at the time.
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