A little girl has been declared missing two years after her disappearance.
Harmony Montgomery, 7, was last seen at a home in Manchester, in the US state of New Hampshire, in October 2019 when she was five years old.
Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said they were notified about Harmony last week and officers, along with other named people, were the last to see her.
He said questions over why it’s taken two years for the vision-impaired little girl to be declared missing were “fair”, but it was also part of the police investigation.
Chief Aldenberg acknowledged police were “two years behind the power curve” and the delay was “extremely concerning”.
“Where Harmony should’ve been and who she should have been with – she’s not with them,” he said.
“And that’s why we’re doing this.”
The police chief would not elaborate further on who or where he was referring to. They have spoken with Harmony’s family.
Harmony Montgomery's family 'fought before she went missing'
Police believe Harmony is still alive as Chief Aldenberg emphasised officers are undertaking a rescue mission and not a recovery one.
They have been in touch with multiple family members, but they haven’t said who reported the girl missing.
“Somebody out there knows something,” the police chief said.
“It’s time for people to do the right thing ... Someone needs to call in.”
Police said the current owner of the home Harmony was last seen has “no involvement” in the girl’s disappearance.
Kevin Montgomery, Harmony’s great-uncle, told The Daily Beast he last saw her in 2019 during a quarrel with her family which divided them.
“Then the pandemic hit, and I just assumed Harmony and that side of the family was OK. I was worried, of course, but assumed everything was OK because I had not heard anything,” he told the publication.
A reward of US$12,500 is being offered to anyone who helps find her.
with The Associated Press
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