As the search for 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery continues her mother, Crystal Sorey, says her daughter was “failed by everybody.”
Harmony Montgomery’s mother spoke out during a candlelight vigil on Saturday night in Manchester, New Hampshire. It marked the first time the worried mother has spoken to the public since she reported her daughter missing in November.
According to Sorey, she never gave up looking for Harmony since 2019 and regularly contacted the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families to raise concern about her daughter’s location.
During the candlelight vigil, the young mother spoke to NBC10 Boston and had a special message for her missing daughter. She said, “Hi, baby. If you can see me and hear me, I want you to know that I never stopped looking for you and I won’t stop fighting until I find you, okay? You stay strong and mommy’s right here fighting for you. I love you!”
Crystal Sorey still believes that her daughter is alive despite not seeing her in two years. According to reports, Harmony Montgomery was last seen by police in October 2019 in the custody of her father, Adam Montgomery. Manchester Police only learned about the young girl’s disappearance in Dec. 2021, after Sorey notified them.
Manchester police officers were recently seen outside the former home of the Montgomery family, 77 Gilford Street in Manchester, and according to witnesses, officers were investigating and taking out some of the home’s installation. It is unclear what investigators are looking for. They previously searched the home earlier in the investigation.
New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill said that he could not comment on the investigation at this time. He did not say whether investigators have found any evidence in the case.
According to a former neighbor of the Montgomery’s, the family moved out Thanksgiving 2019, after months of squatting in the residence. She said that the home was always in poor condition, and the family was eventually forced out.
Crystal Sorey said that she lost custody of her daughter in 2018 because of a substance abuse problem. The young girl went to live with her father and, according to the young mother, Montgomery cut off contact with her shortly before Harmony disappeared.
Reports about Harmony Montgomery’s final known location vary. According to her mother, she last saw her daughter on a Facetime call in Easter 2019. Harmony’s father claims that Crystal Sorey picked up the young girl on Thanksgiving 2019, while the 7-year-old’s stepmother said that Adam drove his daughter to Sorey on Thanksgiving 2019.
While no suspects have been arrested in the search for missing Harmony Montgomery, her father and stepmother, Adam and Kayla Montgomery, have been arrested on charges of abuse and welfare fraud.
Kayla Montgomery was arrested on Thursday for welfare fraud charges. According to reports, the stepmother failed to remove Harmony Montgomery off her welfare account and stole over $1,500 worth of food stamps meant for the young girl.
The stepmother pled not guilty to the charges and claimed that she tried to remove the 7-year-old from her account once the little girl disappeared, but she had a problem with the system.
Adam Montgomery was arrested for a 2019 case of abuse against Harmony Montgomery. Officers believe that he regularly abused his daughter and in 2019 hit her in the face causing a black eye. Family members close to Adam, specifically his uncle Kevin Montgomery, supported the police’s claims.
The uncle said that Adam admitted to him that he abused the young girl saying, “I bashed her around this house.” According to the uncle, Harmony Montgomery’s father also made her stand in the corner as punishment and forced her to clean the toilet with her toothbrush. The uncle said that he called DCYF to report these incidents, but nothing was ever done.
“Family and children services they failed her from the beginning. I just I don’t get it I mean the evidence was just so much,” said Montgomery.
Like Harmony Montgomery’s mother, her uncle is pleading with people to go to the police if they have any information on the missing little girl.
He said, “If anyone knows anything, just come forward. Anonymous tip. It doesn’t matter. She’s a little girl. Just think of our little sister, granddaughter and niece, whatever to show that this is not right.”
So far, the Manchester community has donated over $94,000 in reward money for anyone who can provide police with a lead.